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MHS wrestling finishes fifth at Newton TOC

By Brady Bauman

The Manhattan wrestling team had a respectable showing over the weekend at Newton’s 49th Annual Tournament of Champions with a fifth-place finish among 25 of the region’s top schools.

Tulsa (Okla.) Union High School won the tournament with 190 points, while Ark City was second with 176 points. Lawrence finished third with 145.5 points and Netwon was fifth at 138.5.

Manhattan scored 129 points.

Brian Woods finished runner-up in the 170-pound division to Nick Pursell of Lawrence. Woods lost 12-4 in the finals and finished the tournament 3-1.

“He had a great weekend for us,” MHS wrestling head coach Robert Gonzales said. “He wasn’t on the mat for than five total minutes. He had a great tournament and I’m really happy for him.”

Gonzales said Woods also lost to Pursell in Manhattan’s previous outing, and that Woods will face Pursell again in MHS’s next tournament in Overland Park next weekend.

Along with Woods, seven other Indians ended the weekend with top-10 finishes.

“This is a great tournament,” Gonzales said. “They competed well and at a high level. I told them if you have success here, that success can translate at the state level. It’s so o tough here, and there are so many tough schools.”

Junior Jase Stone finished 3rd in the 106-pound class and went 5-1 in the tournament. In the 126-pound class senior Drew Unruh was seventh after fininshing 4-3 and fellow senior Tre Davis was eighth after going 3-4 in the 132-pound class. Junior Davis Matthews was sixth in the 145-pound bracket after a 3-3 finish.

Three other MHS wrestlers – all seniors – finished in the top-10, though these three had to take the longer route through the consolation bracket after suffering first round losses.

Trey Campbell finished fifth in the 182-pound class and was 4-2, while Ty Suggs was sixth as a 195-pounder also going 4-2. Deion Parker was fifth in the 220-pound division and like the previous two, was 4-2.

“We had to overcome some adversity, had to stay positive,” Gonzales said. “We stayed positive all weekend, every round. For us to finish in the top five, I feel really good to be right there.”

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