Manhattan ended Wichita Heights' reign as state champion in the 6A tournament at Hartman Arena, but Heights placed two wrestlers at the top of the podium in Matt Reed at 170 - his second consecutive title - and freshman Sean Deshazer at 106 pounds.
Deshazer defeated Manhattan's Jase Stone in the finals Saturday night in a 3-2 decision decided by Deshazer's escape point in overtime. Deshazer's cousin Ulysses Deshazer came up short in his title effort in a 1-0 decision to Manhattan's Ty Suggs.
Reed defeated Brian Wood, also of Manhattan, by injury default.
Wichita Northwest's Michael Lindlar defeated Dodge City's Alex Garcia in a 6-4 championship decision in a battle of #1 vs #2 at 113 pounds, while Lindlar's teammate Eric Perez was on the short end of a 7-5 decision to Junction City's Andew Millsap at 138. Another Grizzly, senior Tarrez Griffin, had the challenge of taking on undefeated Topeka junior Wil Geary in a matchup of the two top-ranked heavyweights, but Geary scored an 11-1 victory.
At 120, Hutchinson's Jonathan Peterson defeated Blue Valley West's Jacob Parise 3-2, while Heights' Cinderella story at 132 pounds in Barry Newton, who entered the tournament not ranked at 25-11, ended when Newton was bested in a 10-5 decision by top-ranked AJ Hurtado of Garden City.
Derby junior Ben Becker came in as the 3rd ranked 145 pounder but fell 4-2 to top-ranked sophomore from Gardner Edgerton, Dustin Williams. Becker's track to the championship match included a 3-1 win in a double overtime affair in the quarterfinals, and a surprising pin of Olathe North's Mike Wurts when Becker was down 4-1 in the third period.
In the 5A tournament, Ark City placed three wrestlers in the finals on its way to the team championship, but all three came up short as Logan Terrill succumbed to Goddard's Dakota Leach 3-1 at 106, Cody Eastman fell to Lansing's Bo Pursel 4-1 at 132, and Andover Central's Alex Bontz scored a 7-4 victory over Tyler McMichael at 152. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs' team score of 153.5 was enough to take the title over Newton at 147.5.
Defending champion Andover Central had two state title winners emerge as Zac Gentzler defeated Salina South's Javier Vieyra 11-4 at 113 pounds, joining Bontz at the top of the podium. Andover Central finished fifth in the team standings.
Great Bend's Chris Burley saw the future of wrestling at the 120 pound weight class as freshman Isaac Dulgarian of St. Thomas Aquinas scrambled to a15-2 major decision. Dulgarian ends his freshman campaign at 42-1.
At 126, Lansing's Michael Olsen pinned Mill Valley's Tyler Dickman in the finals after Olsen scored a major decision of top-ranked Colby Watters from Arkansas City in the semifinals Friday night.
Emporia's Brandon Charbonneau made no question about his run for a 138 pound state title coming to an end as an undefeated champion, making a zero with his hands for the crowd as they cheered his 3-1 win over Tommy Williams of St. Thomas Aquinas. Charbonneau finished his senior year at 44-0.
Newton went up against Goddard in the 145 pound finale, where top-ranked senior Miles Johns prevailed 5-4 in a back and forth battle with the Lions' second-ranked senior Lincoln Lemon. 160 pounder Tyler Kimple represented Goddard in the finals as well, but ran into a red-hot Bryant Guillen, who saved his best wrestling for the state tournament. The Seaman product entered the tournament not ranked at 23-6, but scored two pins and a 8-0 decision over top-ranked Trey Dice of Ark City in the quarterfinals on his way to an eventual third period pin fall of Kimple in the finals.
Another Goddard Lion, Manny Capps, followed up that match for the 170 pound title but hit a brick wall in Hays top-ranked sophomore Preston Weigel, who scored a 16-0 fall.
Goddard finished just behind Newton in the final team standings in third place.
At 182 pounds, Andover senior Hunter Weddington, ranked second, met up with top-ranked Nick Meck of Shawnee Heights in a finals matchup that saw Weddington nearly send the bout to overtime, but Metz held on for a 6-5 win.
After Valley Center's top ranked junior Chad Blair was upset in the quarterfinals by Salina South's Tanner O'Donnell, the 195 pound championship was up for grabs in a final which pitted Andover Central's Preston Solomon (21-11) with Dillon Archer of Newton. Archer earned an 8-7 decision, ending his junior year with a state title and a 32-3 record.
The most dominant performance of the weekend came at 220 pounds, from Kapaun Mt. Carmel's undefeated senior Luke Bean. The senior wrestled for a combined time of 4:01 throughout his four matches, all resulting in pin fall. The championship match proved to be no different for Kapaun's all City-League defensive tackle. He pinned the second-ranked 220 pounder, Cash Drylie of Hays, in 1 minute, 55 seconds.