Washburn Rural very nearly ended up with a pair of matching wrestling state championship trophies, but wound up in second place in Class 6A thanks to two individual title-winners, highlighting local action at the state boys wrestling championships this weekend.
Sophomore 106-pounder Jacob Tangpricha took a 4-2 decision over Derby’s Cody Woods to bring home the gold to cap his 31-10 campaign. Then, in the 113-pound final, Rural junior Bishop Murray defeated Dodge City’5-2 decision to finish 34-3 and win his second career state crown. Those two were among six state medalists for a Rural team that finished with 148 total points, just behind the 161.5 of state champion Mill Valley.
Area wrestlers swept the three smallest weight classes in 6A, with Manhattan sophomore Easton Taylor winning the 120-pound crown.
Four local wrestlers brought home medals from 5A competition, including two from Shawnee Heights – 113-pounder Brock Ferguson (3rd) and 145-pounder Caden Walker – and Seaman’s Dylan Williams, who was fifth at 160 pounds.
In 4A action in Salina, Holton junior Konnor Tannahill brought home the 195-pound gold, pinning Prairie View’s Chanz Gerleman in the first round to cap off a 27-6 season. He was one of three Holton medalists on the weekend as the Wildcats placed fifth as a team.
Rossville senior Zach Archer became a two-time state champion in 3-2-1A in Hays, completing a dominant 41-1 campaign at 113 pounds with a major decision over Connor Collins of Osage City. At 220, Osage City junior Dane Whalen topped Rossville’s Kody Davoren in a 6-5 decision to win the title and finish his season with a 35-4 record.
Below is the honor roll of state medalists from the 580 Preps coverage area. State champions are in bold.
Nolan Bradley, 106 – 5th place
Lou Fincher, 132 – 2nd place
CJ Neuman, 152 – 6th place
Jack Elsten, 106 – 6th place
Kevin Honas, 120 – 4th place
Easton Taylor, 120 – STATE CHAMPION
Tate Sauder, 126 – 3rd place
Blaisen Bammes, 138 – 3rd place
Damion Ilalio, 285 – 2nd place
Jacob Tangpricha, 106 – STATE CHAMPION
Bishop Murray, 113 – STATE CHAMPION
Caleb Douglas, 120 – 5th place
Bowen Murray, 132 – 4th place
Gavin Carter, 195 – 2nd place
Andrew Davis, 220 – 5th place
Xerarch Tungjaroenkul, 132- 3rd place
Dylan Williams, 160 – 5th place
Brock Ferguson, 113 – 3rd place
Caden Walker, 145 – 6th place
Cael Johnson, 160 – 3rd place
Jake Barnes, 113 – 5th place
Kolby Roush, 138 – 2nd place
Konnor Tannahill, 195 – STATE CHAMPION
Drew Burenheide, 160 – 6th place
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Christian Rowe, 132 – 3rd place
Evan Dean, 285 – 3rd place
Hayden Oviatt, 160 – 4th place
Nolan Parker, 285 – 5th place
Connor Collins, 113 – 2nd place
Dane Whalen, 220 – STATE CHAMPION
Grant Roush, 152 – 6th place
Hayden Robb, 220 – 5th place
Zach Archer, 113 – STATE CHAMPION
Layne Hurla, 138 – 4th place
Kody Davoren, 220 – 2nd place
Kai Allen, 132 – 2nd place
Charles King, 132 – 6th place
Derek Wallin, 160 – 6th place