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Olathe North wins Sunflower League wrestling title

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It falls short of shocking, but Olathe North claimed something of a surprise Sunflower League Wrestling Championship last Saturday at Lawrence High School.

And the Eagles did it with room to spare, totaling 203.5 points and finishing 28.5 points ahead of runner-up Leavenworth.

“I thought if we wrestled well we could be up there in the mix with the top teams,” Olathe North coach Josh Carroll said. “Leavenworth, SM East and Lawrence all had some guns, but I knew we had a shot.”

Carroll characterized the Eagles’ season as up and down, dealing with a lineup that went without as many as five starters at times.

Obviously, winning the Sunflower League was one of the peak moments.

By the time the dust settled, Olathe North had placed four wrestlers in finals with sophomores Tyler Moulden and Mike Kenny emerging as individual champions.

“Tyler’s a kid who came to us with some kids experience, but he’s a great kid and he’s worked hard and done everything we asked him to do,” Carroll said. “It paid off this weekend, so I was really proud of him.”

Moulden, 16-11, topped Olathe East junior Connor Leach by major decision 14-6 in the title bout at 160 pounds.

“Tyler Moulden was a big surprise for us,” Carroll said. “We thought he could wrestle there and compete, but we didn’t think he would win it by any means, He’s just a gamer.”

Meanwhile, Kenny won the championship at 120 with a first-period pin against Shawnee Mission Northwest freshman Brian Morelan.

“Mike transferred from Olathe East,” Carroll said. “He had a very solid freshman year (with the Hawks) and battled with Nick Haug all last year.”

Kenny, 23-9, struggled early in the season and was 8-8 after Basehor-Linwood’s Bobcat Classic.

“Since then, he’s caught some fire and he’s wrestling really well,” Carroll said.

Sophomore Stuart Schafer (113) and senior Dakota Cohu (285) snagged runner-up finishes for the Eagles, while freshman Blake Stovall (126), freshman Zach Jaso (138) and sophomore Jadon McGaha (195) each finished third.

Newcomb wrestles to league title

Olathe North didn’t produce the only champions at the Sunflower League meet.

Olathe Northwest sophomore Doug Newcomb fought his way to the top of the podium at 106.

Newcomb, 25-6, won the crown with a second-period pin against Olathe South junior Benny Deaton in the title bout.

Fellow Falcons junior Bailey Yetmar (126) also finished second as did Olathe East senior Grant Sparks (182).

Finally, Ravens seniors Gideon Butler-Smith (160) and Marco Psihountas (220) claimed third place.

Three Blazers claim EKL wrestling crowns

Gardner Edgerton finished fifth in a tough field at the East Kansas League Wrestling Championships last Saturday at Blue Valley West.

But the Trailblazers still collected plenty of medals and impressive performances.

Junior Dustin Williams kept trucking along and trucking opponents.

He won the championship at 160 with a 21-6 technical fall against Blue Valley freshman A.J. Totta, improving to 37-0 on the season.

Sophomores Emilio Fowler (182) and Seth Pesek (195) also claimed EKL crowns.

Fowler, 32-6, outlasted Blue Valley Northwest senior Blake Mann 2-1 for the title, while Pesek’s championship came via second-period pin against BV West junior Ahmad Qarini.

Freshman Jacob Bonham (106), 23-9, finished second for Gardner Edgerton and sophomore T.J. Burger (113), 18-16, was third.

Gardner girls win EKL bowling title

Led by individual gold medalist Rachael Bovitz and runner-up Haley McGuire, the Gardner Edgerton girls bowled over the competition Feb. 8 at the East Kansas League Bowling Championships, which took place at Olathe Lanes East.

Bovitz rolled a 499 series, edging McGuire by two pins for first place.

The duo powered the Trailblazers to a 1,906 team total – well ahead of second-place Bishop Miege (1,659).

Tara McIntyre also finished in the medals individually with a 454 series, which was good for seventh place.

Chase VanHoutan led the Gardner Edgerton boys with a third-place individual finish. He rolled a 623 series.

Addison earns MIAA honor

Missouri Southern junior forward Marquis Addison was selected as the MIAA men’s basketball athlete of the week after helping the Lions vanquish Southwest Baptist and conference-leading Central Missouri last week.

Addison, an Olathe South graduate, scored 26 with eight rebounds and seven assists in a 100-91 win against Southwest Baptist.

He then poured in 23 points with six assists and four steals against the Mules and topped the 1,000-point mark in hi Missouri Southern career.

It is the second time Addison has won the honor this season.

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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