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Indians, Suggs win state titles

By Joel Jellison

WICHITA — In what was one of the closest matches of the night on Saturday, Ty Suggs won Manhattan High’s only individual Class 6A state title at Wichita’s Hartman Arena.

Even better for the Indians, was that they had already locked up the team title before that match even started.

The Indians won the title with 165.50 points, while Wichita Heights had 152.50 points for second. Lawrence was third at 118.50 and Derby was fourth with 109.50. It’s the third title for Manhattan since 2004 — the other coming in 2007.

The Indians placed nine of the 14 wrestlers they took to Wichita — including four in the finals. MHS coach Robert Gonzales said it was one to remember.

“We have a tremendous senior class, number one, and the seniors are ones I will never forget,” he said. “They will be successful in everything they do, and they wrestled their tails off. Ty Suggs was just icing on the cake.”

Wichita Heights and Manhattan went into the finals with the Indians leading by 19 points and the Falcons needing to win all four of their matches and two by pin. Heights couldn’t pull it off, though.

By the time Suggs’ match started, the Indians already had the team title in hand, and the MHS senior did his best to validate the team crown by adding an individual title at 195 pounds.

Gonzales said the situation let Suggs wrestle without any extra weight on his shoulders.

“That allowed Ty to open up and wrestle and he got a warning call late and I was concerned and took off my jacket and tie and rolled up my sleeves, and someone asked me what I was doing, and I told them we were going to work,” he said.

Suggs wrestled Wichita Heights’ Uylesses DeShazer to a 1-0 decision that included the senior scoring the only point in the second round, and holding on for the win.

The MHS senior said it felt good to avenge a loss from regionals and deliver for his team.

“It felt really great because he beat me last week by one point and I knew I had to come back strong because he would be tired,” he said. “I wrestled with Trey Campbell and Brian Wood and worked hard to keep my stamina up and it paid off.

“We won as a team and that feels so satisfying because I had personal goals to win state, and I’m happy that we all won.”

After the trophy presentation, an elated Gonzales couldn’t help but look forward to a big returning group next season.

“It’s a tremendous feeling of pride keeping Manhattan tradition alive and strong,” he said. “I know it’s going to be a long night and we will celebrate. The kids are excited and I’m really happy to look ahead to next year that we have seven starters back and five medals.”

Jase Stone was second at 106 pounds, losing to Wichita Heights’ Sean DeShazer 3-2 by sudden death overtime. Stone tied the match at 1-1 in the third round and each scored points in the second overtime periods. DeShazer got away from Stone’s hold on the ground to win.

Brian Wood was second at 170 pounds with a loss to Heights’ No. 1-ranked Matt Reed by injury default. Trey Campbell took second at 182 after losing his match against Lawrence’s Reece Wright-Conklin by pin.

Tre’ Davis was fourth at 132 pounds, losing his final match in an 8-4 decision to Hutchinson’s Shane Goetz. Davis Matthews took fourth at 145 pounds with a 4-2 loss to Olathe North’s Mike Wurts. The Indians got another fourth-place finish out of Deion Parker, who lost his final match to Olathe East’s Myron Tipton, 8-3.

Taylor Hilgers took fifth place on the weekend at 138 pounds with a win over Blue Valley Northwest’s Bryce Boyer by a 5-3 decision. Drew Unruh lost his fifth-place match at 126 pounds to Hutchinson’s Terry Wise to finish in sixth place.

Stone started the weekend with a pin fall victory over Olathe South’s Benny Deaton, and then beat Leavenworth’s Daniel Wilson in the second round by another pinfall.

He pinned Junction City’s Brandon Bramalage to reach the finals.

Wood opened his Friday with a pinfall win over Shawnee Mission West’s Jordan Dillard, and then pinned Olathe East’s Grant Sparks to advance to the semifinals. Lawrence’s Nick Pursel, who had previously beaten Wood, defaulted his semi-final match due to injury.

Campbell pinned his first opponent on Friday, Blue Valley West’s Jordan Burgess, and then beat Lawrence Free State’s Spencer Wilson by a 5-4 decision in round two. He won his semi-final match over Wichita Heights’ Jon Wilcoxson by a technical fall with a score of 15-1 to reach the finals.

Suggs defeated Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Mario Galvan with a pin in the first round, and pinned Blue Valley North’s Tully Kimminau in round two. Suggs advanced to the finals with a 4-1 decision against Gardner Edgerton’s Alex Stockton.

Unruh won his first-round match by pin over Lawrence free State’s Maurice Jacobs, but lost a 4-2 decision to Wise, who beat him in the fifth-place match as well.

Unruh beat Wichita Southeast’s Marcus Phillips by pin and then topped Danny Widrig in the consolation quarterfinals by a 9-2 decision. He fell to the fifth-place match with a loss to Dodge City’s Dane Edwards.

Davis won his opening match with Wichita South’s Caleb Warden by pin, and then beat Olathe South’s Jacob Copen by a 5-4 decision. He lost to Garden City’s AJ Hurtado by a 5-3 decision in the semifinals. Davis beat Warden by a 9-2 decision in a rematch to advance to the third-place match.

The weekend started out with a 7-5 overtime win for Hilgers over Hutchinson’s Tim Wise. Hilgers beat Olathe South’s Nick Baurely by a 6-3 decision and lost in the semifinals to Junction City’s Andrew Millsap by a 12-5 decision. Hilgers lost to Derby’s Brady Heincker to fall to the fifth-place match.

Matthews beat Shawnee Mission South’s J.W. Pabst by a 6-1 decision on Friday, and then beat Wichita South’s Devin Webber by a 9-7 decision. Matthews lost in the semifinals to Gardner-Edgerton’s Dustin Williams by a 10-6 decision. He beat Shawnee Mission East’s Jack Mitchell 1-0 to advance to the third-place match.

Parker’s path to the third-place match started with a 12-3 major decision win over Blue Valley North’s Ryan Carter. Parker beat Shawnee Mission West’s Ramiro Garcia by pinfall and lost in the semifinals to Lawrence’s Brad Wilson 4-1. He beat Junction City’s Daniel Posey in an 8-6 decision to advance to the third-place match.

Kian Clemens opened the weekend at 113 pounds by getting upset by Olathe South’s Bailey Yetmar, 9-2. Clemens beat Haysville-Campus’ Masen McCracken in a 10-4 decision, but lost to Olathe North’s Nick Haug in a major decision 8-0.

At 120 pounds, Dallas Vesta defeated Shawnee Mission South’s Grant Jongorious in a 10-2 major decision in the first round, but then lost to Blue Valley West’s Jacob Parise by a 13-6 decision. Vesta lost his second-round consolation match to Joe Merenda of Blue Valley North by a 4-3 decision.

Michael Leeper started off his weekend at 152 with a 2-1 decision win over Lawrence’s Macon Ezeli. Leeper was defeated by a 9-2 decision by Olathe North’s Rory Haug. Leeper was defeated in the second-round of consolation by Wichita Northwest’s Saul Ortiz.

Austin Chauncey was one of two MHS wrestlers to lose his opening match, falling in a major decision, 15-3, to Connor Middleton of Olathe Northwest in the first round at 160 pounds. Leeper won his first consolation match 10-2, but fell 5-1 in the second consolation round.

At 285 pounds, CJ Moorman-Meador lost his opening match to Shawnee Mission East’s Dominique Atkinson by a 7-1 decision. He beat Dodge City’s Tommy Andrews 4-2 in overtime and lost to Wichita South’s Dillon Young.

Manhattan led all 6A teams after the first day with 137.50 points, while Wichita Heights was second at 101.50 And Lawrence had 99.50.

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