Manhattan repeats as J.R. Durham Champions; seven area wrestlers claim titles


Norton, Kan. (–Coming off the long break, area teams took the mat in the J.R. Durham Tournament in Norton on Saturday that featured five state-ranked teams in their classifications.

For the area, it was a good finish to the day, as seven individuals took home titles. Only one of the finals matches saw a head-to-head matchup. That came in the 126-pound weight class with Jacob Holt of Garden City and Scott City’s Justus McDaniel. McDaniel had the early lead, but it was Holt who rallied for the 10-7 win. Holt was the top seed and got a late takedown for the three-point win in a well-wrestled match.

Cimarron, Garden City and Scott City each had two champions. For the Bluejays, it was Braiden Lynn taking home the 113-pound weight class with a fall, and Josh Seabolt took home the title at 195. Garden City got the win with Holt at 126, and Elijahblu Ruiz-Hernandez was the tournament champion in the wide open 138-pound division. For Scott City, Wyatt Hayes was the winner at 170 with a major decision, and in the final match of the night, Kaden Wren stunned defending champion Ryan Johnson of Norton with a third period fall. Holcomb’s Chance Rodriguez cruised through the 182-pound weight class.

Wren was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, with his championship of the 132-pound weight class.

Team Scores
Manhattan 170.5, Garden City 158, Smith Center 135, Scott City 124, Norton 113, Cozad 91, Beloit 84, Cimarron 77,  Hoxie 70, Blue Valley 53, Oberlin 53, Marion 51, Holcomb 47, Oakley 44.5, Rawlins County 43, McCook 37, St Francis 27, Southeast of Saline 7, TMP Marian 6

Top Four Placers
Championship: Tate Sauder, Manhattan, won by fall over Colton Shoemaker, Smith Center, 2:39
3rd Place: Steven Sellers, Garden City, won by fall over Alex Paz, Rawlins County 1:48

Championship: Braiden Lynn, Cimarron, won by fall over Caleb Burleigh, Blue Valley (time unknown)
3rd Place: Camdyn Unterseher, Norton, won by dec over Trevor Felber, McCook, 6-3

Braiden Lynn, Cimarron

Championship: Joshua Pence, Manhattan, won by dec over Jace Russman, Cozad, 2-0
3rd Place: Blayne Harris, Beloit, win by dec over Silas Pineda, Garden City, 2-1

Championship: Jacob Holt, Garden City, won by dec over Justus McDaniel, Scott City, 10-7
3rd Place: Kel Grafel, Oberlin, won by fall over Caden Emmot, Beloit, 0:31

Jacob Holt, Garden City

Championship: Kaden Wren, Scott City, won by fall over Ryan Johnson, Norton, 4:30
3rd Place: Kaj Perez, Garden City, won by maj dec over Tiernan Poling, St. Francis, 13-0

Kaden Wren, Scott City

Championship: Elijahblu Ruiz-Hernandez, Garden City, won by fall over Blake Hoffmaster Cozad, 0:47
3rd Place: Jacob Mitchell, Manhattan, won by dec over Camden Harris, Beloit, 5-4

Elijahblu Ruiz-Hernandez, Garden City

Championship: Dayton Porsch, Hoxie, won by fall over Trey Medina, Garden City, 3:32
3rd Place: Isiaha Mason, Oberlin, won by dec over Daron Island-Jones, Manhattan, 6-2

Championship: Bubba Wilson, Manhattan, won by dec over Colton Hutchinson, Smith Center, 5-3
3rd Place: Zane Colson, Beloit, won by dec over Jalen Kreup, Rawlins County, 6-3

Championship: Jalin Harper, Manhattan, won by dec over Jarret Jurgens, Scott City 6-0
3rd Place: Conner Wescoat of Cozad won by default over Cole Amlong, Norton (five-match limit for Amlong)

Championship: Wyatt Hayes, Scott City, won by maj dec over Tevin Petrie, Norton, 10-2
3rd Place: Tanner Johnson, Holcomb, won by dec over Maverick Green, Rawlins County, 4-1

Wyatt Hayes, Scott City

Championship: Chance Rodriguez, Holcomb, won by fall over Alec Langan, McCook, 1:28
3rd Place: Mitchell Topel, Smith Center, won by default over Taylor Yancey, Cozad (five-match limit)

Chance Rodriguez, Holcomb

Championship: Josh Seabolt, Cimarron, won by dec over Tyler Palic, Marion, 5-3
3rd Place: Hayden Wiltfong, Norton, won by dec over Robert Houston, Manhattan, 7-3

Josh Seabolt, Cimarron

Championship: Dalton Kuhn, Smith Center, won by dec over Chris Cox, Hoxie, 2-0
3rd Place: Charlie Nordquist, Marion, won by dec over Creighton Johnson, Beloit, 6-1

Championship: Avery Hawkins, Smith Center, won by dec over Refugio Chairez, Garden City, 3-2
3rd Place: Hunter Christensen, Manhattan, won by fall over Wyatt Glassman, Oakley 0:44

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