The Manhattan High wrestling team got the New Year off to a good start, winning the 19th Annual Salina South Invitational on Saturday.
The Indians ran away with the championship, scoring 187.5 points. The next closest school was Colby with 111 points. Dodge City and Junction tied for third with 109 points, while Norman High School in Oklahoma took fifth in the 11-team field.
“It was a tremendous day for us,” MHS wrestling coach Robert Gonzales said. “It was a really, really great way to start the New Year.”
The Indians had four champions. Jase Stone, a junior, took first in the 106-pound class.
Davis Matthews, also a junior, placed first in the 145-pound class.
Michael Leeper, a sophomore in the 152-pound weight class, won his first high school tournament of his career, while Brian Wood, a senior, took first in the 170-pound class.
MHS had three guys take second place. Josh Mullin, a sophomore, finished runner-up in the 138-pound class, while Trey Campbell finished second in the 182-pound class.
Ty Suggs rounded out the second-place finishers in the 195-pound class.
Dallas Vesta took third in the 120-pound class, Drew Unruh finished third in the 126-pound class and Kian Clemens placed third in the 113-pound class.
Taylor Hilgers was fourth at 132 pounds, while Deion Parker finished fourth in the 220-pound class.
The Indians improved to 14-1 on the season and have now won two of the three tournaments they’ve wrestled in.
“We are wrestling at an unbelievable high level,” Gonzales said. “I m just so happy for the kids and the assistant coaches. We recorded 33 pins today and that allowed us to run away with the tournament. I m really pleased with the kids. They had a great week of practice.”
Manhattan will practice all next week before leaving Friday for the 67th annual Tournament of Champions in Newton.