By RICK PETERSON
EASTON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural
A freshman 106-pounder, Broxterman is a state junior wrestling champion and a national medalist. Broxterman is ranked second in Class 6A at 106 pounds and is top-ranked in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association All-Class 106-pound rankings.
AUSTIN FAGER, Washburn Rural
Fager, a senior, is ranked No. 2 in the Class 6A state rankings and the KWCA All-Class rankings at 170 pounds after finishing second in the state and posting a 30-4 record for the state-champion Junior Blues a year ago. Fager earned first-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors last season.
BROCK FERGUSON, Shawnee Heights
Ferguson, a senior, is fourth-ranked in Class 5A at 126 pounds and 10th in the KWCA All-Class rankings. Ferguson posted a 39-5 record last season and earned a fourth-place medal in Class 5A at 120 pounds for Shawnee Heights.
PRESTON HARTMAN, Shawnee Heights
A senior, Hartman is ranked fourth in Class 5A at 182 pounds and seventh in the KWCA All-Class rankings after posting a 37-8 record and posting a fourth-place finish in the Class 5A state tournament last season. Hartman was a first-team selection on TSN's All-Shawnee County team.
DAIGAN KRUGER, Silver Lake
Kruger, a senior, finished third in Class 3A-1A at 170 pounds last season while posting a 50-2 record and earning first-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors. Kruger is currently ranked second in 3A-1A and seventh in the KWCA All-Class rankings.
JUSTIN KRUSE, Seaman
Kruse, a senior, got hot at the end of the 2020-2021 season to qualify for the Class 5A state tournament for a second time. Kruse will take a 43-40 career record into the upcoming season after earning second-team TSN All-Shawnee County recognition a year ago.
TYLER LINCOLN, Shawnee Heights
A junior, Lincoln is currently ranked fifth in the KWCA Class 5A state rankings at 132 pounds. Lincoln posted a 37-5 record as a sophomore and finished fourth at 106 pounds in the Class 5A state tournament, earning a spot on TSN's All-Shawnee County first team.
JONATHAN MORRISON, Washburn Rural
Morrison, a sophomore, won the Class 6A state 106-pound championship in his first state meet, posting a 29-3 record for the team-champion Junior Blues. Morrson was named the TSN Shawnee County Newcomer of the Year and earned first-team All-County honors. Morrison is currently top-ranked in 6A and fourth in the KWCA All-Class rankings at 113 pounds.
GARRETT PEERY, Shawnee Heights
Peery, a senior, posted a 36-8 record and placed fifth in Class 5A at 220 pounds last season, earning first-team TSN All-Shawnee County recognition. Peery is currently ranked third in Class 5A and fourth in the KWCA All-Class rankings at 220 pounds.
JUSTIN RAKESTRAW, Silver Lake
Silver Lake senior Justin Rakestraw posted an 18-7 record last season en route to a fourth-place finish in Class 3A-1A (18-7 record), earnng TSN first-team All-Shawnee County honors. Rakestraw is currently ranked No. 4 in Class 3A-1A at 132 pounds.
JACOB TANGPRICHA, Washburn Rural
Tangpricha, a senior, is a two-time Class 6A state champion, winning the 106-pound title as a sophomore and the 113-pound crown last season as Rural won the 6A team title. A first-team TSN All-Shawnee County pick, Tangpricha, 33-2 last season, is currently ranked No. 2 in 6A at 126 pounds and third in the All-Class rankings.
JAXSON THOMAS, Seaman
A junior 195-pounder, Thomas posted a 23-4 record last season and is 45-22 in his career for the Vikings. A former state qualifier, Thomas earned first-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors last season.
SAM TWOMBLY, Rossville
A Rossville senior, Twombly placed fourth in Class 3A-1A at 152 pounds last season while posting a 19-5 record. Twombly earned first-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors as a junior. Twombly is currently ranked third in 3A-1A at 152 pounds by the KWCA.
NICK VINCENT, Washburn Rural
A senior, Vincent placed fourth in Class 6A at 152 pounds last season and posted a 27-9 record, earning first-team TSN All-Shawnee County recognition. Vincent is currently ranked fourth in 6A and ninth in the KWCA All-Class rankings at 152.
CADEN WALKER, Shawnee Heights
A senior, Walker is ranked No. 4 in Class 5A and eighth in the All-Class rankings at 160 pounds by the KWCA. Walker posted a 37-2 record last season and placed fourth in the 5A state meet after finishing sixth as a sophomore. Walker was a first-team pick on the TSN All-Shawnee County team.
Other wrestlers to watch (Based on 2020-2021 season):
Hayden: Dale Cready, JC Cummings, Ben Holmes, Jameson Kennedy, Braden Rose. Highland Park: Morgan Dean. Rossville: Mason Boce, Corey Catron, Colby Hurla, Kew Lacock, Barrett Leitz. Seaman: Zach Jowers, Hunter Reno. Shawnee Heights: Andrew Bonebrake, Dawson Campbell, Joey Hilton, Ty Lewis, Cole Manrose, Sean Wunder. Silver Lake: Devin Dultmeier, jr.; Preston Gillen, Triston VandeVelde, Kaden Walker. Washburn Rural: Aiden Boline, Zach Franco, Trace Lawler, Henri McGivern