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Walker leads way as T-Bird boys roll to fourth straight UKC title



Shawnee Heights' boys wrestling team continued its stranglehold on the United Kansas Conference championship Saturday at Leavenworth, with the T-Birds rolling to their fourth straight title by a 242-160 margin over Basehor-Linwood.

Shawnee Heights, the No. 6-ranked team in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association's All-Class Rankings and No. 7 in Class 5A, had a whopping nine wrestlers earn individual championships on the way to the lopsided team win, led by by senior 160-pounder Caden Walker, who was named the UKC Outstanding Wrestler.

CadenWalkerUKCShawnee Heights senior Caden Walker was named the Outstanding Wrestler in Saturday's United Kansas Conference tournament after helping lead the T-Birds to their fourth straight league team title. [Submitted]

Walker, ranked No. 3 in 5A and No. 7 in the all-class rankings, turned in a dominating performance, posting wins by pin in 13, 20 and 22 seconds, 1 minute, 5 seconds and 2:12.

Junior 195-pound champion Sean Wunder, ranked No. 5 by the KWCA, had a bye and registered four pins, in 45 and 49 seconds and 1:08 and 1:26.

The T-Birds also got individual championships from fourth-ranked 120-pound senior Brock Ferguson, 132-pound sophomore Anthony Bonebrake, 138-pound senior Ty Lewis, 145-pound senior Joey HIlton, 152-pound junior Nick Freeland, 220-pound junior Garrett Peery and 285-pound sophomore Rykan Carver.

Shawnee Heights will compete in a 5A regional tournament on Feb. 18-19 at Blue Valley Southwest, vying for berths in the state tournament.


Team scores

Individual results

106 -- 1. Brody Ballard, Basehor-Linwood; 2. Jacob Garner, Lansing; 3. Carson Handy, De Soto; 4. Carson Anderson, Shawnee Heights.

113 -- 1. Evan Vielhauer, Basehor-Linwood; 2. Julian Long, Leavenworth; 3. Casey Bowlin, De Soto. 

120 -- 1. Brock Ferguson, Shawnee Heights; 2. Joshua Kozminski, Leavenworth; 3. Hudson Strahm, Basehor-Linwood; 4. Colby Cross, Turner.

126 -- 1. Ethan Kelley, Basehor-Linwood; 2. Henry Garcia, Leavenworth.

132 -- 1. Andrew Bonebrake, Shawnee Heights; 2. Justin Shields, Lansing; 3, David Drake, Leavenworth; 4. Nolan Schock, De Soto.

138 -- 1. Ty Lewis, Shawnee Heights; 2. Cohen Suchy, Basehor-Linwood; 3. Willie George, Leavenworth; 4. Aiden Lessard, Lansing.

145 -- 1. Joey Hilton, Shawnee Heights; 2. Shy'Ron Mcmurray, Leavenworth; 3. Caleb Van Booven, De Soto; 4. Kadyn White, Lansing.

152 -- 1. Nick Freeland, Shawnee Heights; 2. Quincy Jones, Basehor-Linwood; 3. Dylan Roy, De Soto; 4. Xavier Davis, Leavenworth.

160 -- 1. Caden Walker, Shawnee Heights; 2. Logan Plum, Basehor-Linwood; 3. Brett Tickle, De Soto; 4. Hayden Jordan, Lansing. 

170 -- 1. Tyler Henson, Lansing; 2. Emory Fedd, Leavenworth; 3. Cole Manrose, Shawnee Heights; 4. Connor Scott, Turner.

182 -- 1. Elijah Mathis, Lansing; 2. Preston Hartman, Shawnee Heights; 3. Owen Nehl, De Soto; 4. Shawn Wright, Basehor-Linwood.

195 -- 1. Sean Wunder, Shawnee Heights; 2. Sam Torline, De Soto; 3. Andrew Shields, Lansing; 4. Mechia Marks, Turner.

220 -- 1. Garrett Peery, Shawnee Heights; 2. Emanuel Vazquez, Basehor-Linwood; 3. LeJay Rainey, De Soto; 4. Caden Baragary, Lansing.

285 -- 1. Rykan Carver, Shawnee Heights; 2. Chayce Chadwick, De Soto; 3. Aiden Lee, Turner; 4. Michael Box, Basehor-Linwood.