Vikings send half dozen grapplers to KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships

Winfield High School junior Steele Morin grabs a double-leg takedown on Hunter Noeller  of Augusta in the first round at 170 pounds Friday at the Class 4A Regional Championships at Wellington High School. Morin pinned his AV-CTL D-III nemesis in 3:18 and advanced to the championship finals.


WELLINGTON — Six members of the Winfield High School wrestling team qualified for State, with two Vikings advancing to title matches Saturday at the two-day Class 4A Regional Championships at Wellington High School.

The 4A No. 7-ranked Vikings placed sixth in the 14-team Regional, won by No. 2-ranked Andale.

Senior Steele Morin and junior Braden Ledford both took home silver medals with second-place finishes and will compete next Friday and Saturday at the KSHSAA Class 4A State Championships at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina.

Morin, ranked No. 2 at 170 pounds, pinned his way to the finals, including a 59-second fall in the semifinals against Ethan Irvine of Mulvane.

The title bout against No. 3-ranked David Leck of Rose Hill went into double-overtime, where Leck used a reversal and two near-falls to pull out a 10-3 decision.

Morin will take a 17-8 record into the State meet.

Ledford, ranked No. 3 at 126 pounds, recorded back-to-back pins, including a 38-second quarterfinal fall against Eric Tucker of Towanda-Circle. Ledford used a reversal midway through the second period — his second reversal of the match — to defeat Kaiser Pelland of Pratt 4-2 in the semifinals.

Ledford dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 1-ranked Hector Serratos of Andale in the title match and takes a 32-6 record into the Big Show.

Chance Price and Cody Brenn both bounced back from losses to claim third-place medals.

Price, a senior ranked fifth at 152, fell to Jake Knowles of El Dorado in the semifinals. He bounced back through the back side, pulling out a 10-5 decision against Higan Thompson of Pratt for the third-place medal and is 38-9 entering State.

A penalty point with eight seconds remaining cost Brenn a shot at the 138-pound title. The 138-pound freshman fell 2-1 to Adam Mendoza of Hugoton in that semifinal bout, but rebounded on the back side to claim the third-place medal. Brenn is 17-14 entering State.

“Kody wasn’t much of a surprise. He’s a freshman, but he has wrestled really good kids close,” WHS coach Nick McGrew said. “Luckily for us he peaked at the right time.”

Senior Zach Phillips and junior Trevin Biddle punched their tickets to the Big Show before settling for fourth-place finishes.

The No. 5-ranked Phillips pinned Collin Scott of El Dorado in their 220-pound consolation match to qualify, but an escape point with 1:17 left in regulation cost him the third-place medal in a 1-0 loss to No. 6-ranked Jace Garrison of Ulysses.

Biddle’s ticket to State came in the form of a pin midway through the third period in their 160-pound match. Biddle fell to Nakia Holmes of Ulysses in the third-place bout, and takes a 17-11 record to State.

Senior Cole Finney came within one win of reaching State at 182, dropping a 5-2 decision to Iziah Cook of Pratt in the elimination match.

Junior Eli Lynch also was one victory from State, falling 9-0 to Tommy Rogers of Rose Hill in the elimination bout.


Class 4A Regional Championships

Friday and Saturday

Wellington High School


Team Scores — 1. Andale 157; 2. Pratt 139; 3. Ulysses 130; 4. Mulvane 121; 5. Rose Hill 115.5; 6. Winfield 104; 7. Augusta 97; 8. El Dorado 87; 9. Wellington 76; 10. Hugoton 46; 11. Clearwater 18.5; 12. Holcomb 17; 13. Towanda-Circle 11; 14. Wichita Trinity 7.

WHS Results

106 — Layton Topper, DNP (0-2): lost by pin Andy Lin (Aug), 1:15; lost by pin Braden Tatum (RH), 4:15.

113 — Gunther Flower, DNP (0-2): lost by pin Brennan Cantrell (Wel), 3:21; lost by major dec. Kobe Chavez (Uly), 10-0.

120 — Monte James, DNP (0-2): lost by pin Chadwick Stahl (Mul), 1:00; consolation bye; lost by major dec. Landon Bowman (RH), 8-0.

126 — Braden Ledford, second place (3-1): won by pin Dominic Eddie (Uly), 3:32; won by pin Eric Tucker (TC), 0:58; won by dec. Kaiser Pelland (Prt), 4-2; lost by dec. Hector Serratos (And), 3-1.

132 — Andrew Konrade, DNP (0-2): first-round bye; lost by pin Leegan Beavers (RH), 3:38; lost by pin Drake Anguiano (Uly), 2:04.

138 — Kody Brenn, third place (3-1): first-round bye; won by dec. Andrew Payne (And), 6-5; lost by dec. Adam Mendoza (Hugo), 2-1; won by dec. Jack Pawloski (Clr), 9-4; won by pin Andrew Payne (And), 0:00.

145 — (none).

152 — Chance Price, third place (3-1): first-round bye; won by pin Chris Dietrich (Mul), 3:06; lost by pin Jake Knowles (ED), 4:51; won by injury def. Michael Mendoza (Hugo), 1:13; won by dec. Higan Thompson (Prt), 10-5.

160 — Trevin Biddle, fourth place (2-2): won by dec. Bryce Winsor (Prt), 13-9; lost by dec. Eli Aouad (And), 7-2; won by pin Alex Rodriguez (Hol), 4:58; lost by dec. Nakia Holmes (Uly), 5-1.

170 — Steele Morin, second place (2-1): won by pin Hunter Noeller (Aug), 3:18; won by pin Ethan Irvine (Mul), 0:59; lost by dec. David Leck (RH), 10-3 (UTB).

182 — Cole Finney, DNP (3-2): won by pin Brock Schell (ED), 1:11; lost by dec. Cole Daughhetee (RH), 7-2; won by pin Rylan Rose (TC), 0:38; won by dec. Abraham Garcia (Hugo), 3-2; lost by dec. Iziah Cook (Prt), 5-2.

195 — Eli Lynch, DNP (2-2): first-round bye; lost by tech. fall Jaxen Young (Mul), 15-0; won by pin Jace Bonsall (Hugo), 2:55; won by pin Jess Hancock (WT), 3:24; lost by major dec. Tommy Rogers (RH), 9-0.

220 — Zach Phillips, fourth place (2-2): first-round bye; won by pin Ethan McElravy (Mul), 1:56; lost by major dec. Kenny Fehrman (Wel), 10-0; won by pin Collin Scott (ED), 3:14; lost by dec. Jace Garrison (Uly), 1-0.

285 — Jackson Angle, DNP (0-2): first-round bye; lost by major dec. Hunter Scott (Mul), 11-1; consolation bye; lost by pin Nate Volkman (Aug), 0:00.

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