Shawnee Heights, Washburn Rural wrestlers, Seaman swimmers claim tournament championships

Washburn Rural’s Preston Williams, left, captured a 170-pound individual title in the Shawnee Mission South Invitational this past Saturday. (File photo/The Capital-Journal)

City wrestling powers Shawnee Heights and Washburn Rural both claimed tournament championships on Saturday, with the T-Birds winning at Wichita North and the Junior Blues at Shawnee Mission South.


Shawnee Heights won the seven-school Wichita North Redskin Invitational by a 1761/2-162 margin over Wichita South, while Washburn Rural rolled to the team title in the 13-team Shawnee Mission South Invitational by a 2481/2-191 margin over Blue Valley Northwest.

Washburn Rural got individual tournament titles from 132-pounder Gunnar Murray, 170-pounder Preston Williams, 195-pounder Gavin Carter and 285-pounder Jacob Glendinning.

Glendinning, ranked second in Class 6A, was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler by opposing coaches after posting a perfect 5-0 record on the day, including a 3-2 win over Kansas City-Schlagle’s Tyler Wallace in the final. Wallace was third in 5A last season and is currently top-ranked in 5A.

Rural received second-place finishes from Bishop Murray (106), Austin Jenkins (126), Blake Abram (145) and Dalton Sparling (152) while Caden Cress (182) and Andrew Davis (220) posted third-place finishes.

At Wichita North Shawnee Heights got individual championships from 106-pounder Freddy Maisberger IV, 160-pounder Jake Patterson, 170-pounder Chase Reynolds and 195-pounder Dane Terry.

Heights received second-place finishes from Barrett Stickelman (113), Scott Smith (120), Cade Wathke (138), Zack Gonzales (182) and Tristan Killman (220).

— Highland Park will host USD 501 rivals Topeka High and Topeka in a 5:30 p.m. triangular on Wednesday.

— Topeka High will host a quadrangular on Friday (3:30 p.m.), with Washburn Rural also competing in that event, and the Trojans will host their annual invitational tournament on Saturday in High’s north gym (9 a.m.), with Highland Park and Topeka West also scheduled to compete in that event.


Seaman remained undefeated on the year with a win in Thursday’s Emporia Invitational, with the Vikings winning by a 566-365 margin over Washburn Rural.

Janson Garman led the way for the Vikings, winning four gold medals. Garman won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly and he also swam on the winning 200 medley relay with Spencer Allacher, Chantz Barta and Logan Stuke and on the 200 free relay with Nathan Brewer, Allacher and Stuke.

Stuke added an individual win in the 100 breastroke while the Vikings got a second-place finish from the team of Nathan Brewer, Andrew Brewer, Zach Bloom and Isaac Heinen in the 400 free relay and second-place individual finishes from Allacher (100 free) and Barta (100 breast) and thirds from N. Brewer (200 free), Allacher (200 individual medley), Dylan Russell (diving), A. Brewer (500 free) and Zach Bloom (100 back).

— Topeka West will host its 13-school invitational meet on Tuesday at the Cap Fed Natatorium (diving at 1:30 p.m., swimming at 4), with city schools Hayden, Seaman, Shawnee Heights, Topeka High and Washburn Rural also scheduled to compete.


City teams will kick off the 2018 season this week, beginning with a Tuesday quadrangular at West Ridge Lanes (3:30 p.m.), which will include Hayden, Seaman and Shawnee Heights.

Topeka High will host a quad on Wednesday at Gage Bowl (3:30 p.m.), with Shawnee Heights and Washburn Rural also competing.


Washburn Rural junior catcher Payton Smith won the underclassmen home run derby in the recent 12th Power Showcase at Miami, finishing with 24 total homers in the two-day event.

Getting hot late in his round, Smith distanced himself from the pack with 13 homers in the finals to earn title. His longest HR went 436 feet.

Smith hit back-to-back home runs with the wood bat, the second traveling 420 feet. He matched that distance on his second metal-bat homer and kept a nice pace of hitting a home run for nearly every out he made. Smith’s final homer covered 436 feet.



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