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No. 1 Indians dominate Firebird Duals

By Joel Jellison

The Manhattan High wrestling team got its final test before the Centennial League meet next Friday, taking first in Thursday’s Firebird Duals at Lawrence Free State.

The top-ranked Indians beat Washburn Rural 57-12, Blue Valley Northwest 55-21 and Lawrence Free State 64-15. Of the 42 matches, the Indians went 32-10 with 21 wins by pin fall and three forfeit losses without a heavyweight position.

MHS coach Robert Gonzales said it was a nice finish to the regular season.

“We finish here 18-1 and it was a good season,” he said. “I enjoyed it and we had great chemistry and the kids are getting a lot of attention, and they are deserving. We will take some time off and come back to get ready for league.”

Jase Stone went 3-0 for the Indians at 103 pounds, while Kian Clemons was 2-1 at 113. Dallas Vesta was 2-0 at 120, and Harley Rich wrestled a match at 120 and 126, going 1-1.

Drew Unruh finished the day 2-0 at 126, and Tre’ Davis was 2-0 at 132. Taylor Hilgers went 1-1 at 138 pounds, while Josh Mullin was 2-0 in a pair of matches at 132 and 138.

Manhattan got a 2-0 day out of Davis Matthews at 145, while Derek Forest was 0-1 at the same weight. Michael Leeper was 2-0 for the Indians at 152 and Kevin Forshee was 0-1.

Michael Forshee was 2-0 at 160 pounds, while Nick Adams was 0-1. The Indians got a 2-0 finish from Brian Wood at 170 pounds, and Michael Forshee was 1-0 in the other match at 170.

Dylon Meyer got the matches at 182, finishing the day 3-0. Trey Campbell moved up to 195 and went 2-1, while Ty Suggs went up to 220 and finished 3-0.

Gonzales said as MHS turns its attention to next week’s league match, it’s hoping to avoid the finish it had last year, losing to Shawnee Heights.

“We lost last year by a point and a half, and we don’t want to be in that position again,” he said. “We don’t want second, our goal is to win.”

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