By RICK PETERSON
Juniors Easton Broxterman and Kristjan Marshall won individual titles on Saturday to key a strong performance for Washburn Rural's boys wrestling team in the 61st annual Newton Tournament of Champions.
Both Broxterman and Marshall went undefeated on the weekend, with Broxterman winning the 132-pound title and Marshall taking the 150-pound crown as Washburn Rural posted a third-place team finish in the 30-school field.
Broxterman, now 29-1 on the season, started his title run with a 17-0 technical fall and posted a 55-second pin and pins in 1 minute, 46 seconds and 1:40 before taking a pin at the 2:37 mark of the championship match over Rose Hill junior Johnny Leck.
Marshall (21-4) received a first-round bye before winning on an 8-6 decision, a 26-second pin and a pin in 3:32 before taking a 5-3 decision over Pratt junior Blake Winsor in the title match.
Both Broxterman and Marshall were top-ranked in Class 6A in their weight classes in the most recent KWCA state rankings.
The Junior Blues also got a third-place finish from 138-pound sophomore Landen Kocher-Munoz (21-3) and fourth-place finishes from freshman 144-pounder Brodye Kocher-Munoz (25-9) and 157-pound senior Brody Byrne (20-3).
Rose Hill won the team championship with 189 points, followed by Centennial League members Manhattan (180) and Washburn Rural (165).
Seaman senior Hunter Reno posted a third-place finish at 215 pounds, improving to 25-5 on the season.
Host Trojan boys finish second in Topeka High Invitational
Tournament host Topeka High earned a second-place team finish in Saturday's boys wrestling tournament while city wrestlers combined to win three individual titles.
The Trojans finished second as a team to Council Grove (223-176) as sophomore Rehabiah Willson captured the 150-pound title and junior Nick Davis took the 165-pound championship while Highland Park junior Adrian Burney won the 175-pound title.
Williamson, who improved to 20-2 on the season, recorded a pin in 3 minutes, 13 seconds in the 150 final over senior Jacob Drone of Bishop Miege while Davis (18-3) pinned Aaron Colvon of Grandview, Mo. in the 165 title match in just 1:09 of the first period.
Highland Park's Burney (11-4) won the 175 title with a 3-2 decision over sophomore Dakota Cobb of Summit Christian, leading the Scots to a seventh-place team finish.
The Trojans also got second-place finishes from senior Elijah Elliot (120), sophomore Michael Weatherly (132) and sophomore Jordan Stiner (138) and third-place finishes from sophomore Zylas Shaeffer-Lopez (106), senior Raul Arriola (144) and junior Cooper Martin (190).
Highland Park junior Jaden Kelso finished second at 126 pounds.
Topeka West finished ninth as a team.
Topeka High girls fourth at Blue Valley West
Individual champion Ingrid Cabrera led the way as Topeka High's girls posted a fourth-place team finish in the Blue Valley West Girls Invitational.
Cabrera, a junior, improved to 11-5 on the season while winning the 100-pound title while the Trojans also got second-place finishes from freshman 105-pounder Abigail Culbertson (7-7) and junior 120-pounder Zoe Dawkins (11-6).
Carbrera clinched her title with a pin over Blue Valley Northwest junior Divya Subramoni in 2 minutes, 42 seconds of the 100 title match.
Topeka High finished with 98 points in the 11-school meet.
Rossville trio wins titles in Wellsville girls tournament
Rossville senior girls wrestling stars Keera Lacock, Kendra Hurla and Hailey Horton all earned individual championships in Thursday's Aaron Patton Memorial Tournament at Wellsville.
Lacock (22-0) won the 115-pound championship with an 11-1 major decision over Wellsville's Kynlie Stevenson while Hurla (20-0) clinched the 120 title with a second-period pin (3:21) over Sophie Waters of Jefferson West and Horton (18-3) won the 155 crown with first-period pin (1:22) over Burlington's Carlee Cole.
Both Lacock and Hurla are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A-1A by the KWCA in their weight classes while Horton is ranked No. 5.
The Bulldawgs, who were fourth as a team out of 19 schools, also got a second-place finish from freshman Madelyn Wonnell at 145 pounds.