IHS wrestlers nab medals at Burlington

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Iola High’s Marcus Sullivan tips Brent Sturgeon of Burlington as he gets a takedown in the 160-pound class third-place match at Saturday’s Burlington High Invitational wresting tournament. Sullivan pinned Sturgeon in the second period.
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Locked up in a tie match, Iola High’s Chris Lynn (right) looks for an opening against Anderson County High’s Marcus Ferguson (left). Lynn beat Ferguson 3-2 in double overtime for third place in the 285-pound division of Saturday’s Burlington High Invitational.

BURLINGTON — What a year makes.
Iola High’s Mustangs finished 19th, last, with nine points in the 2009 Burlington High Invitational wrestling tournament. They had just four wrestlers compete a year ago.
On Saturday at the 2010 Burlington High Invitational, the Mustangs had four wrestlers claim medals. Iola had 10 wrestlers competing in the event.
Wintry weather conditions trimmed the field from 19 to 13 schools Saturday. The Mustangs finished ninth with 71.5 points.
Holton won the team championship with 217 points. Burlington was second with 205.5 points and Fredonia took third with 177 points.
Some of the teams at this year’s tournament had unattached wrestlers. Wrestlers filling spots in weight divisions and competing but were non-scoring wrestlers for their teams. Iola had two such wrestlers.
“Most of our guys stepped up and had a good day,” said Ron Schomaker, IHS wrestling coach. “We’re continuing to challenge or beat people that we’ve lost to earlier in the year. Hopefully we’ll wrestle well during SEK competition these next few weeks.”
Iola opens Southeast Kansas League dual action Tuesday. The Mustangs travel to Parsons to take on Parsons and Columbus. Matches begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Mustangs wrestle Labette County and Chanute Thursday at Chanute at 5:30 p.m.
Mustang junior Marcus Sullivan was back for a second try at the Burlington tournament. Sullivan captured third place in the 160-pound class Saturday, improving to 16-2.
After suffering only his second defeat of the season in the championship semifinals, Sullivan put back-to-back opponents on their backs for wins.
Sullivan opened the day with a pin of Cherryvale’s Curtis Hodges in 26 seconds. The win came after a first-round bye.
Sullivan moved into the semifinals. He tailed Richard Iverson of Holton 5-4 after two periods and ended up losing 12-6.
In the consolation side, Sullivan built a 6-0 lead before pinning Gunter McKenna of Holton in 2 minutes, 18 seconds. That put Sullivan in the third-place match.
Sullivan faced Burlington Brent Sturgeon in the 160-pound third-place match. Sullivan scored on a takedown in the first period and led 2-0. Another takedown in the second period led to Sullivan pinning Sturgeon in 2:31.
Junior Chris Lynn (11-3) followed the same path in the 285-pound division. He had a first-round bye then pinned Jake Green of Central Heights in 37 seconds in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Lynn lost 2-1 to Holton’s Adam Luthi dropping him to the consolation side of the bracket. Lynn had a 5-0 lead on Dylon Voorhies of Fredonia when he turned him over and pinned him in 1:44.
That setup a third-place match between Lynn and Marcus Ferguson of Anderson County, a wrestler who had beaten Lynn earlier this season.
Ferguson got a reversal for two points in the second period then Lynn escaped for one point. Out of the bottom position in the third period, Lynn tied the match with another escape.
Lynn and Ferguson went to overtime. After a scoreless dance, with both wrestlers standing and tying up, in the first minute, the match went to another overtime. In the second overtime, each wrestler is on the bottom for a 30-second time period.
Lynn scored in the first 30 seconds by standing up and escaping. In the second 30-second session, Lynn was able to control Ferguson, who was unable to score from the bottom spot. Lynn captured the third-place medal with a 3-2, double overtime win.
Sophomore Brent Clark was pinned by Nate Madl of Cherryvale in the first round in the 130-pound class. Clark had to work his way through the backside — the consolation.
Clark posted a technical fall win, 16-1, over Kyle Miller of Central Heights. The match was stopped in the second period. He then pinned Curtis Kunard of Wellsville in 2:40.
Coffeyville’s Trey Thompson pinned Clark in 1:50. That set up a rematch with Madl in the fifth-place match.
Following a scoreless first period, Clark scored two points with a takedown and Madl escaped for one point. Clark scored five points in the third period on his way to a 7-1 victory and the fifth-place medal. Clark is 5-13 on the season.
Freshman Stephen McDonald had a first-round bye. In the quarterfinals, McDonald was pinned by eventual tournament champion Tyler Lowe of Eureka. The fall came at the 5:14 mark of the six-minute match.
McDonald dropped into the consolation side of the 189-pound bracket. He de feated Adam McKenna of Holton 4-0 after a scoreless first period.
McDonald took on Robert Frank of Cherryvale and was down 5-3 after two periods. McDonald was behind but gained the advantage and pinned Frank in 4:07.
Richard Vandenberg defeated McDonald 6-1 to put McDonald in the fifth-place match.
McDonald and Dalton Hughes of Wellsville were tied 3-3 late in the match. McDonald used a reversal scoring two points and controlled Hughes for the remaining 20 seconds to win 5-3. McDonald earned the fifth-place medal and improved to 10-8 on the season.
Freshman Zeph Larney went 0-2 in the 125-pound division. He lost 13-2 to Garrett Lambrecht of Holton and was pinned by Erie’s Rian Lahey.
Lee Berg, a junior, was pinned by Chase Mayfield of Eureka in 2:42 to begin his 135-pound weight class. Berg won by a major decision, 12-4, over Morgan Holloman of Central Heights in consolation action. He was pinned by Dalton James of Fredonia in 1:19.
Freshman Joseph Myrick scored a pin in 53 seconds of Logan Teter of Holton in the 140-pound division. Myrick was pinned in 3:12 of a quarterfinal match against Justin Briner of Holton. In overtime, Kodie Smith, Wellsville, pinned Myrick, 6:39.
In the 152-pound class, Iola sophomore Zack Vaughn was pinned by Dusty Cook of Cherryvale in 4:48. Vaughn lost a back-and-forth match 19-12 to Adam Vogts of Erie.
Also at 152, sophomore Devin Culler went 2-2. He pinned Brandon Caudell of Burlington in 4:37 to open the tournament then lost 4-1 to Burlington’s Billy Dickerson.
Dropping down to the consolation side, Culler defeated Josh Figgins of Fredonia 7-1 then lost 13-1 to Cook of Cherryvale. Culler is 10-6 on the season.
Iola sophomore Denton Christian was pinned by Curtis Bolden of Coffeyville in 2:36 then lost to teammate Drew Shepherd. Shepherd, who was pinned by Logan Mosier of Holton in 1:51 of his first match, pinned Christian in 53 seconds of their 171-pound match.
Shepherd bowed out of contention in the next round. Shepherd was pinned by Tate McCoy of Eureka at the 3:38 mark of their close match.
The Mustangs were also to have competed in a junior varsity tournament at Independence Saturday but it was canceled.
There will be junior varsity matches at Tuesday and Thursday’s SEK duals. The Mustang junior varsity wrestlers travel to Altamont this Saturday for the Labette County High JV Invitational.