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Olathe wrestlers do well in Derby

The Kansas City Star

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One wrestler from Olathe Northwest and Olathe North finished third last Saturday during the highly competitive Derby Invitational wrestling meet.

Sophomore Doug Newcomb was the Ravens’ third-place finisher.

Wrestling at 106 pounds, Newcomb, 16-3, beat Wichita Heights freshman Desmond Martinez in the consolation final 5-3.

Meanwhile at 126, Olathe North freshman Blake Stovall also claimed third.

Stovall, 12-3, reached the semifinals before dropping a major decision against eventual champion Chris Burley from Great Bend.

He bounced back to stop Andover Central senior Dalton Dietrich 8-3 in the consolation final.

The only other Northwest wrestler to medal was senior Marco Psihountas, 13-10, who finished sixth at 220.

Meanwhile, the Eagles had four other wrestlers crack the top six.

North senior Dakota Cohu, 16-7, wound up fourth at 285.

Freshman Stuart Schafer rebounded from a first-round loss to claim fifth overall at 113, improving to 12-8 on the season.

Finally, freshman Zach Jaso, 7-7, wrestled his way to fifth at 138, while sophomore Nick Haug, 3-3, was sixth at 132.

East’s Sparks reaches SMS final

During the Shawnee Mission South Invitational last Saturday, Olathe East placed six wrestlers in the top five or better.

Grant Sparks led the way by finishing second at 182 pounds. He reached the final before losing to Rasheed Brady of the host Raiders for the gold.

Connor Leach (160) and Phelemon Kyalo (195) both finished fourth in their brackets, while Jake DeJong (106), Husayn Sultani (126) and Ron Broyels (285) each placed fifth.

South’s Deaton reaches final

in Louisburg

Olathe South junior Benny Deaton finished second at 106 pounds at the Wildcat Wrestling Invitational in Louisburg.

Deaton, 11-9, won his pool before losing in the championship 10-5 against Piper senior Blake Gordon.

Fellow Falcons junior Bailey Yetmar, 13-9, wound up fourth at 126.

Broncos buck Tongy

Spring Hill’s wrestling team beat Tonganoxie 44-33 in a dual Thursday. Cody Slyter (113), Tyler Crabtree (132), Corey Spader (138), Blake Lewis (145), Syler Crookston (160) and Austin Pittman (285) each won by pin for the Broncos, while Blake Hampton (170) won by technical fall and Michael Werlein (106) won by decision.

South grad Addison honored

Missouri Southern guard Marquis Addison was selected as the most recent MIAA men’s basketball player of the week.

Addison, an Olathe South graduate, scored 24 points, connecting on eight of 14 attempts from the field and all seven free throws, with seven rebounds in a 69-68 overtime loss Jan. 3 against Northwest Missouri last week.

He followed that up by helping the Lions tie a school record with 15 three-pointers in a 95-69 win Jan. 5 against Missouri Western.

Addison, who hit four threes, finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds with three assists as Missouri Southern improved to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

East’s Wallace sweeps

6A coach awards

Olathe East track and field coach Mike Wallace was announced Saturday as the Kansas Cross Country/Track and Field Coaches Association’s coach of the year for boys and girls track.

The Hawks’ girls won the Kansas 6A state title for the fifth straight season, while the boys finished second – one point behind 6A champion Shawnee Mission Northwest.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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