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The Chapman High School wrestling team takes second place at the Herington McMillion Invitational tournament.
After what seemed like an eternity of online school sessions, quarantines, and a lack of sports, the Chapman wrestling team was FINALLY back in action this week. The junior varsity team pulled a near all-nighter at the Concordia JV tournament on Friday. The JV squad was freshmen-heavy, as Travis Leasure (120 lb), Augustus Johns (152 lb), Malachi Brady-Teater (160 lb), and Kendan Blacketer (182 lb) all made their high school debuts. Another notable first-timer was Jr Brent Golden (220 lb). Returning team members also made a splash at the tournament with Jr Jacob Schoby (195 lb), Jr Jeremiah Hughes (220 lb), and So Troy Boyd (285 lb) scoring team points.
The Lady Irish team also saw action at the Concordia tournament in order to get at least a few matches to start the year. Fr Grace Johns (170 lb), Sr Grace Mosher (191 lb), and Jr Chelsey Armbruster (235 lb) took to the mat against some tough boys in their divisions, with the goal of knocking the rust off from seasons past.
The varsity squad had a superb start to the season by securing a second place finish as a team, just behind Clay Center (who brought a seemingly unlimited number of wrestlers). Sr Ethan Diercks (113 lb) started the day off with a big pin in his first match in over three years and placed 2nd in his division. Fr Travis Leasure (120 lb) fought hard in his varsity debut, but was relegated to 5th place. Returning state qualifier So Justin Wisner-McLane (145 lb) went 4-1 on the day with all four wins coming by way of pin and earned a 2nd place finish. Fr Michael Shipman (152 lb) also made his high school varsity debut and also finished 4-1 with four pins and a 2nd place medal. Sr Kyler Welling (160 lb) had one of the tougher brackets of the day and placed 3rd in his division. Fr Ryan Clark (170 lb) earned two pins and added another 2nd place finish to the team total. Sr Ryan Hengemuhle (182 lb) added one pin to his record, as well as a 3rd place medal. Jr Gannon Mosher (195 lb) also gobbled up a pin and a 2nd place finish. So Brayden Lexow (220 lb) finished with two pins and took 2nd place to mark his first varsity tournament. Jr Colt Sell (285 lb) secured a pin in his last match to snatch up a 3rd place finish.
These two tournaments showcased the strides that we took from last season, allowing the underclassmen to mature and fill the spaces left by the seniors of last year, as well as show how talented our group of freshmen is! To be on the shelf for most of November and December and finish second as a team in our first outing is a testament to how hard these kids work and how resilient they are. I couldn’t ask for a better group of young men and women.
The Lady Irish and Irish wrestling teams will be back in action this upcoming Friday and Saturday for back to back tournaments in Abilene.
Author: Zach Lucas