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Thursday/Friday prep basketball roundup: Wiltz's 29 points power Seaman boys to 73-57 win over Turner
By Rick Peterson
The Seaman boys played their final regular-season game at home Thursday night against the Kansas-City Turner Bears, with sophomore Landon Wiltz's 29-point night powering Seaman to a 73-57 United Kansas Conference win.
The Vikings and Bears battled for the first three quarters before Seaman pulled away late.
After jumping out to an early 9-0 lead, the Vikings saw the Bears battle back to within four points, 15-11, at the end of the first quarter.
“To their (Turner’s) credit, they fought back after the tough start,” Seaman coach Craig Cox said.
In the second quarter, Turner had a stretch where they made three consecutive 3-point baskets to take a 24-21 lead, but the Vikings responded by going on a 13-3 run to close out the quarter and lead 34-27 at the halftime break.
Seaman extended its lead to 43-29 in the first 4:30 of the third quarter, but another stretch of four straight Bear 3-pointers cut Seaman’s lead to 49-41 heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Seaman pulled away by outscoring Turner 24-16, led by Wiltz, who scored 11 of his career-high 29 points in the quarter.
“Landon obviously was huge for us offensively,'' Cox said. "He got inside, understanding he had a matchup he could take advantage of.''
Class 5A state boys wrestling: T-Birds' Carver advances to 285-pound state title match
By RICK PETERSON
PARK CITY -- Shawnee Heights 285-pound wrestling standout Rykan Carver was one win away from earning a Class 5A state medal in the 2023 state tournament and immediately set his sights higher for his senior campaign.
"I lost in the blood round last year,' Carver said. "It's my last year so there's no way I wanted to go home without medaling.''
Now, entering the final day of his competitive athletic career, Carver has not only reached his goal of becoming a state medalist but will have a shot on Saturday to claim high school wrestling's biggest prize -- a state championship.
Carver, who will study engineering at Kansas State next year, said his regional championship last Saturday gave him confidence that he could challenge for a title this weekend.
"I won the regional tournament and I wasn't necessarily expecting that,'' Carver said. "That gave me some more confidence that I could do it.''
Class 6A boys state wrestling: Junior Blues put four in state finals, sit a close second in team race
By RICK PETERSON
PARK CITY -- Washburn Rural boys wrestling coach Josh Hogan said he doesn't look at the team scores during the course of a tournament, not even the state tournament.
But Hogan didn't have to study the team scores to know his Junior Blues had a good day on Friday in the Class 6A state event at Hartman Arena. The proof was all around him.
Washburn Rural put four wrestlers in the state finals, including returning state champions Easton Broxterman and Landen Kocher-Munoz, while eight Junior Blues have already clinched state medals heading into Saturday's final day of competition.
"I don't look at the team scores,'' Hogan said. "I don't look at them at all. We've got one job and that's to get pins and not get pinned, so it doesn't matter really what's going on in the team race. Our job never changes, so I try not to cloud my mind with any of that but the boys always know where we're at.''
And Hogan was thrilled with how the Junior Blues did their job on Friday.
"I think all year the boys have proved who they are and who we are as a team,'' Hogan said. "We've been tough for a lot of years, we continue to be tough and we ought to be right there in the thick of it for years to come.''