Wrestlers across Kansas moved one step closer to the state championships during last weekend’s regionals. After the top four placers in each weight class from districts advanced to regionals, the top four placers in each weight at regionals advance to this weekend’s sub-state tournaments.
At the KSHSAA Girls Division II Regional 4 tournament at Burlington, Labette County qualified two girls to sub-state.
Hailey Benson captured a regional title, winning the 235-pound division with pins over Rebekah Schaffer of Burlington and Whitley Cox-Haliburton of Prairie View.
Olivia Lee took fourth place at 143 pounds, nabbing one bout win over Taylor Plumley of Cherryvale by fall but losing matches to Makaylae Rusk of Fort Scott and Lyndsey Escareno of Eureka.
Kylee Geiger (109), Shaelyn Niberger (138), Emma Royer (170) and Taylor Spencer (191) of Labette County didn’t place at regionals, ending their seasons.
Cherryvale qualified one of its three girls wrestlers that made it to the regional to sub-state.
Olivia Saucedo took third place at 138 pounds. Saucedo won her quarterfinal match over Laikyn Turner of Eureka before falling in the semifinals to Dixee Lacen of Columbus. Saucedo rebounded with a pin of Taryn Mills of Prairie View before claiming third place with another win over Turner.
Taylor Plumley (143) and Jerin Cobb (155) both placed sixth in their divisions for Cherryvale.
As for Erie, Breanna Ross got one step closer to returning to state after taking third place at 115 pounds.
Ross pinned Gabi Jackson of Humboldt in her first bout before falling to E’owynn Codney of Burlington. Ross won her final two matches over Sharaea Aho of Ottawa and Andrea Chin of Chanute to claim third.
Erie’s Katie Wallace took sixth place at 170 pounds.
In the KSHSAA Boys 4A Regional 4 tournament, Labette County sent two wrestlers to sub-state.
Kyler Irwin placed fourth in the 106-pound division, winning two bouts and losing two. Irwin got pins over Ethan Bartley of Burlington and Indica Holloway of Frontenac but fell to Braden Brimm of Independence and Dylan DeMerritt of Chanute.
Mitchell House also nabbed fourth place at 195 pounds with a pair of wins and losses. House notched victories over Cale Fleming of Paola and Wayne Rohrer of Burlington but lost to Bryan Jackett of Chanute and Osmosis Jones of Columbus.
Labette County’s Chandler Moore took fifth place at 220 pounds, Evan Flatt got sixth at 138 pounds while Iden Stover didn’t place at 113 pounds.
Parsons had two wrestlers compete at regionals but neither qualified for sub-state. Jaden Malson took fifth place at 145 pounds while Aaron Gharmalkar didn’t place at 285 pounds.
Finally, at the KSHSAA Boys 3-2-1A Regional 3 tournament in Eureka, Cherryvale qualified two of its three wrestlers to sub-state.
Dalton Morrill claimed second place in the 113-pound bracket. Morrill won his semifinal match over Robbie Robertson of Humboldt before losing the championship match to Jake Stanton of Caney Valley.
Michael Coates won two matches and lost two en route to a fourth place finish at 132 pounds. Coates got a tech fall over Caleb Darrow of Marion and a pin of Jayhawk-Linn’s Tucker Hall. Both of Coates’ losses were pins by Michael Cauthers of Chase County.
Robin Wilson failed to place at 120 pounds.
Erie qualified three boys wrestlers to sub-state, headlined by Quinten Heady who took the title at 132 pounds.
Heady pinned Darrow, Cauthers and Kane Shepard of Uniontown en route to his championship.
Drayton Kennedy took second place at 106 pounds, pinning Dagan Turner of Bluestem and Evan Coble of West Elk before losing a decision to Corbin White of Jayhawk-Linn in the championship match.
Cayce Welch finished in fourth place in the 170-pound class, winning a decision over Cory Owen of Chase County and pinning Cordell Stiles of Herington. Welch fell to Garrison Spponts of Eureka and Charles Pearson of Douglass.
Braydon Yarnell took sixth at 220 pounds while Nate Thompson (138) and Dakto Backer (195) didn’t place for Erie.
The top four placers per weight class at sub-state will advance to the state championship.
The Girls Division II Sub-State 2 Tournament at Anderson County is scheduled for Friday with a 3 p.m. start.
The Boys 4A Sub-State 2 Tournament at Chanute is at noon Saturday, while the Boys 3-2-1A Sub-State 2 Tournament at Marion is also at noon Saturday.