Manhattan High Wrestling

Manhattan junior Darius Island-Jones lost by decision, 7-1, in the 145-pound weight class during a match against Bonner Springs’ Holden Lentz on Thursday at Manhattan High School. Island-Jones and the Indians finished second in their home finale on Saturday.

Saturday marked the final time Manhattan High wrestling will compete at home.

The Indians took advantage of the opportunity.

They took second place out of six schools at their home dual tournament. Mustang (Okla.) won the event.

MHS and Mustang both entered the final round of the dual tournament undefeated. However, the Indians got off to a slow start and lost to Mustang, 45-30.

In the first match, Manhattan defeated Paola, 48-34. MHS veterans Darius Island-Jones, Quincy Saddler, Robert Houston and Christian Schlepp all tallied victories.

Smith Center awaited the Indians in the second match of the day. MHS won 58-18.

In that one, MHS won 10 of 14 individual matches.

Shawnee Heights gave MHS a run for its money, but the Indians pulled out their third match of the day, 42-39. The match was even throughout. Both teams won seven of the individual matches, but the Indians managed to score more points.

MHS cruised through the next match. The Indians defeated Abilene, 49-21.

That set up the final round in which the Indians faced Mustang.

The Indians lost, but a few of their regulars picked up victories against Mustang wrestlers. Bubba Wilson, Houston and Damian Ilalio won. Additionally, freshman Easton Taylor notched a victory, too.

Shawnee Heights (third), Abilene (fourth), Paola (fifth) and Smith Center (sixth) all finished behind MHS on Saturday.

The Indians are back in action on Dec. 14-15 in Grand Island, Nebraska, where they will compete in a two-day, 32-team tournament against schools from five different states.