By ISAAC DEER
On Tuesday night, the Seaman and Shawnee Heights boys and girls wrestling teams split a dual meet at Seaman.
The Shawnee Heights girls' pulled away with a convincing 60-24 win, while the Seaman boys' won on a victory in the last match, 40-39.
Shawnee Heights girls impressed
Even though Shawnee Heights scored 36 points off of Seaman forfeits, the Thunderbirds wrestled terrifically.
Shawnee Heights got wins from 100-pound Connie Burns, 130-pound Isabel Reyes, 135-pound Emily Ward and 140-pound Madison Freeland. Six other Thunderbird wins came from the Viking forfeits.
The most eye-opening victory of the night for the Thunderbirds was 130-pound Isabel Reyes pinning 130-pound No. 2-ranked Koti Best in 33 seconds. That was a memorable defeat that Shawnee Heights won't forget anytime soon.
"We knew there were going to be some big-time matchups for the girls, and there were," Shawnee Heights coach Chad Parks said. "Some matches went our way, and some didn't. Overall, having our full team helped us out tonight. Izzy Reyes got a big upset on paper. Izzy is always going to wrestle hard. Koti Best is really good. They will see each other again, but it was fun to see. Izzy really stood out today.''
Seaman picked up wins from 110-pound Taylie Heston, 115-pound Natalie Smith, 120-pound Makenna Stuke and 125-pound Madison Murray.
No. 6-ranked 120-pounder Murray picked up a big win against No. 6-ranked 125-pound Reece Taylor. Murray won by a 1:38 pin.
"Obviously, when you have so many open (matches), you're going to give up some points," Seaman coach Jordan Best said. "When I went back after the matches were over and looked at each match-to-match, we take four out of eight matches; I can't be upset. We had a couple of losses I wasn't expecting, but that's part of the sport.''
Seaman boys get a "buzzer beater"
A highly anticipated matchup between Seaman 285-pound No. 4-ranked Jaxson Thomas and No. 6-ranked Shawnee Heights standout Rykan Carver would determine who came away with the boys team victory Tuesday night.
With Shawnee Heights holding a 39-34 advantage before the match, Thomas would need to shine and the senior did just that in front of the Seaman crowd on Senior Night.
Thomas pinned Carver in 30 seconds to secure the win for Seaman.
"Jaxson is an integral part of this team," Seaman coach Tony Pena said. "We are lucky to have him in his senior year. We expect big things for him at the state tournament this year."
Pena wasn't pleased with the team's overall performance but was glad the boys could come away with the win.
"Honestly, it was some of the sloppiest wrestling that we've done all year," Pena said. "That should have never been that close. I'm just glad we were able to pull out the win in the end. It's been a while since we beat (Shawnee Heights).
Other than Thomas' enormous victory, the Vikings got wins from 113-pound Cole Rosenberger, 120-pound Jayden Foster, 126-pound Draven Bennett, 144-pound Zach Jowers, 165-pound Michael Hurla and 190-pound Deyton Mentzer.
In the neck-and-neck UKC rivalry, Shawnee Heights got some quality victories, with 106-pounder Tristan Buce, 132-pound Andrew Bonebrake, 138-pound Gavin Hartman, 150-pound Nick Freeland, 157-pound Evan Johnson, 175-pound Allen Baughman and 215-pound Sean Wunder all winning their matches.
"Honestly, on paper (Seaman) was supposed to beat us by a lot," Parks said. "We have a super young team, and our kids really battled tonight. It came down to the end, which I love, it's good for wrestling, and it's good for the crosstown rivalry. We constantly talk to the kids about it's not about outcomes; it's about how we perform. If your definition of success is going out there and battling hard, win or lose, at least you hit your definition."
SHAWNEE HEIGHTS GIRLS 60, SEAMAN 24.
SEAMAN BOYS 40, SHAWNEE HEIGHTS 39.
Girls Results: 100-pound: Connie Burns, Shawnee Heights, over Ellie Ayres, Seaman, (Fall 3:42), 105-pound: Emberlynn Phillips, Shawnee Heights, over Seaman, (For.), 110-pound: Taylie Heston, Seaman, over Odessa Schmidt, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 4:42), 115-pound: Natalie Smith, Seaman, over Anissa Gonzales, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 0:30), 120-pound: Makenna Stuke, Seaman, over Addison Cooper, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 2:21), 125-pound: Madison Murray, Seaman, over Reece Taylor, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 1:38), 130-pound: Isabel Reyes, Shawnee Heights, over Koti Best, Seaman, (Fall 0:33), 135-pound: Emily Ward, Shawnee Heights, over Alexis Wilson, Seaman, (Fall 1:10), 140-pound: Madison Freeland, Shawnee Heights, over Kaidence Heston, Seaman, (Fall 2:33), 145-pound: Hannah Sixkiller, Shawnee Heights, over Seaman, (For.), 155-pound: McKenna Haltom, Shawnee Heights, over Seaman, (For.), 170-pound: Cianna Graves, Shawnee Heights, over Seaman, (For.) 190-pound: Lilly Blair, Shawnee Heights, over Seaman, (For.), 235-pound: Theo Ofuasia, Shawnee Heights, over Seaman, (For.).
Boys Results: 106-pound: Tristan Buce, Shawnee Heights, over Miles Bouton, Seaman, (Fall 1:07), 113-pound: Cole Rosenberger, Seaman, over AJ McPherson, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 0:58), 120-pound: Jayden Foster, Seaman, over Carson Anderson, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 1:26), 126-pound: Draven Bennett, Seaman, over Caleb Gerdes, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 1:53), 132-pound: Andrew Bonebrake, Shawnee Heights, over Colin Little, Seaman, (Fall 3:46), 138-pound: Gavin Hartman, Shawnee Heights, over Lain Anderson, Seaman, (Dec 5-3), 144-pound: Zach Jowers, Seaman, over Kael Westgate, Shawnee Heights, (MD 11-3), 150-pound: Nick Freeland, Shawnee Heights, over Gabe Brannick, Seaman, (Fall 4:58), 157-pound: Evan Johnson, Shawnee Heights, over Alexander Fowler, Seaman, (Fall 0:40) 165-pound: Michael Hurla, Seaman, over Nathan Hurla, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 3:36), 175-pound: Allen Baughman, Shawnee Heights, over Zackery Adams, Seaman, (Fall 5:05), 190-pound: Deyton Mentzer, Seaman, over Caleb Seelbach, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 1:12), 215-pound: Sean Wunder, Shawnee Heights, over Hunter Reno, Seaman, (Fall 2:46), 285-pound: Jaxson Thomas, Seaman, over Rykan Carver, Shawnee Heights, (Fall 0:30).