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Goddard has big day at Derby wrestling tournament

Defending Class 5A champion Goddard established its dominance early, advancing nine wrestlers to the finals Saturday and breezing to a team championship in the Derby Invitational.

“That’s probably the best we’ve done here,” Lions coach Brett Means said. “The kids wrestled very well. It’s the best showing at Derby in a long time.

“There were some very good weight classes and some good individuals here, so it was a good test.”

The key was advancing such a large number to the finals, Means said.

“When nine kids won in the semifinals (Friday) night, it was over,” he said. “But you always worry … coming back after Christmas, seeing how everybody reacts after having a week, 10 days off. I was very pleased with the way they performed.”

Eight Lions captured individual titles, led by the meet’s outstanding wrestler, senior Christian Bowen, at 126 pounds. Goddard also recorded a second, a third and a fourth place in amassing 253.5 points. Valley Center was second with 145 and Kapaun Mount Carmel (135.50) was third.

The Lions also won last year’s Derby Invitational en route to the state title, but its margin then was 39.5 points.

Bowen’s triumph was one of the closer ones for Goddard. He won a 4-2 decision over Conner Ward of Mill Valley. Bowen took a 2-0 lead after one period but gained two more points in the final period to break a tie.

“This year has gone really good,” Bowen said. “We have the toughest practices in the state, and I think that’s why (Goddard is successful).”

Kapaun’s Nick Nece handed Goddard its only finals loss, getting a 4-2 decision over Cale Davidson at 182 in a match that went down to the wire.

“All of our kids in the matches were very competitive,” Means said. “We didn’t get blown out.”

Junior Will Spexarth began Goddard’s roll with an 11-5 victory over Kapaun’s Braden O’Donnell at 120. Spexarth pulled away from a 2-1 first-period lead with four points in the second period and five in the third.

Juniors Kameron and Kendall Frame were victorious at 145 and 152 pounds. Kameron handed El Dorado’s Dakota Motter his first loss with an 8-5 decision. Kendall scored eight points in the second period for a 14-4 decision over Frontenac’s Brandon Miekus.

Goddard also had individual titles from Garrett Lange at 138, Troy Fisher at 160, Austin Andres at 170, and Corey Atkins at 220.

Team scores – 1. Goddard, 253.5; 2. Valley Center, 145; 3. Kapaun, 135.5; 4. Mill Valley, 126.5; 5. Derby, 119; 6. Blackwell (Okla.), 93.5; 7. Olathe Northwest, 92; 8. Newton, 81; 9. El Dorado, 80; 10. SM East, 78; 11. Great Bend, 71; 12. Carroll, 66; 13. Winfield, 65; 14. Frontenac, 48.5; 15. DeSoto, 16; 16. Independent, 12; 17. Rose Hill, 4.

Individual results

106 – 1. Michael Spangler, Kapaun, dec. Payton Sadowski, El Dorado, 7-3; 3. Cooper Ross, Derby, pinned Gabriel Holmes, Goddard, 4:05. 113 – 1. Logan Treaster, Newton, dec. Dylan Gowin, Mill Valley, 3-0; 3. Logan Pirl, Goddard, pinned Riley McDaniel, Frontenac, 2:45. 120 – 1. Will Spexarth, Goddard, dec. Braden O’Donnell, Kapaun, 11-5; 3. Cade Lindsey, Derby, dec. Brody Roberson, Newton, 3-2. 126 – 1. Christian Bowen, Goddard, dec. Conner Ward, Mill Valley, 4-2; 3. Adam Ayala, Kapaun, dec. Taylor Jokerst, Olathe NW, 11-5. 132 – 1. Cody Liles, Great Bend, dec. Justice Circle, Blackwell, 8-2; 3. Jarrett Bendure, Mill Valley, dec. Triston Wills, Derby, 15-4. 138 – 1. Garrett Lange, Goddard, dec. Keaton Sander, Great Bend, 7-3; 3. Isaac Bailey, Winfield, Conor Murphy, Carroll, 5-2. 145 – 1. Kameron Frame, Goddard, dec. Dakota Motter, El Dorado, 8-5; 3. Ryan Delforge, Valley Center, pinned Michael Aldrich, SM East, 2:29. 152 – 1. Kendall Frame, Goddard, maj. dec. Brandon Miekus, Frontenac, 14-4; 3. Anthony Macaluso, Olathe NW, dec. Mike Bamford, SM East, 11-6. 160 – 1. Troy Fisher, Goddard, dec. Hayden Koepke, Mill Valley, 8-4; 3. Don Boone, Valley Center, dec. Isaac Carrillo, Carroll, 5-3. 170 – 1. Austin Andres, Goddard, dec. Matt Triboletti, El Dorado, 6-4; 3. Payton Stoffel, Valley Center, dec. Brady Bockover, Carroll, 8-4. 182 – 1. Nick Nece, Kapaun, dec. Cale Davidson, Goddard, 4-2; 3. Sam Weldon Valley Center, won by forfeit over Seth Burnett, Mill Valley. 195 – 1. Chase Hartquist, Olathe NW, dec. Ali Viravong, Winfield, 3-1; 3. Travis Phelps, Kapaun, pinned Zach Williams, Derby, 3:36. 220 – 1. Corey Atkins, Goddard, dec. Christian Diaz, Newton, 6-2; 3. Chase Holle, Valley Center, dec. Cameron Hunt, El Dorado, 3-1. 285 – 1. Dayne Thomasson, Blackwell, pinned Nathan Fowler, Derby, 2:28; 3. Tom Adams, Valley Center, dec. Mo Murphy, Newton 2-1 (OT).

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