Triple crown! Rural "brothers'' cherish chance to win titles together

Rick Peterson


PARK CITY -- After winning a second straight Class 6A state title, Washburn Rural junior 113-pounder Jacob Tangpricha had plenty to celebrate Saturday night at Hartman Arena.

The fact that he got to share his title celebration with teammates Jonathan Morrison and Bishop Murray as part of three straight Rural wins in the finals on the way to a dominating team championship made the night even more special.

"It was way more fun because I had my little brother (Morrison) at 106 and then I had my big brother (Murray) win right after me," Tangpricha said.

Jacob TangprichaJunior Jacob Tangpricha was one of three individual champions for Class 6A state champ Washburn Rural Saturday night, with Tangpricha winning his second straight title. [Submitted]

Bishop Murray stateWashburn Rural senior 120-pounder Bishop Murray captured his third Class 6A state wrestling title Saturday night at Hartman Arena. [Submitted]

Murray, the Junior Blues’ star 120-pounder, joined Tangpricha as a repeat champ and became Rural’s first three-time state champ.

“I’m just happy I could give my team and my family this good time and have this good time myself with my coaches and everybody else,’’ Murray said. “I’m so thankful that I got to experience it with my brothers and my family. 

“They come here every year and they show out for me and I’ve got to show out for them.’’

Jonathan Morrison stateWashburn Rural's Jonathan Morrison won a state title in his first Class 6A state meet, helping the Junior Blues roll to the team title. [Submitted]

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WU men roar back to top Emporia State, 73-70

Rick Peterson

Washburn University's men's basketball team tuned up for the MIAA tournament with a big comeback, rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit to take a 73-70 Senior Day win over Emporia State Saturday at Lee Arena.

The Ichabods finished the regular season with a 16-6 record and will host Rogers State in the MIAA Quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Arena.
Emporia State (11-11) used a 22-8 run to take a commanding 39-25 lead, but Washburn used an 8-0 run to cut its deficit to 6 points with 16:18 left.

With under five minutes remaining, the Ichabods went on another 8-0 run to take their first lead of the second half (65-63) on a dunk by Jace Williams with 2:30 left on the clock.

The Hornets tied it up at 65, but Washburn regained the lead for good just 15 seconds later as junior Jalen Lewis hit a 3-point shot with 2:02 left.

TylerGeimantriple doubleTyler Geiman led Washburn with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the Ichabods' 73-70 win over Emporia State Saturday. [File photo/Courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

Tyler Geiman led the Ichabods with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Lewis had 13 points and was 4 of 7 from 3-point range and Jonny Clausing added 12 points.

With Saturday's win Washburn equaled its win total from the 2019-20 season.
The Ichabods recognized Will McKee and Williams on Senior Day

Jumah'Ri Turner led the Hornets with 24 points, while Austin Downing had a team-high eight assists.


Emporia State 39 31 -- 70 

Washburn 25 48 -- 73 


Fort 3-8 0-0 8, Buom 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey 0-4 0-0 0, Turner 9-18 4-4 24, Downing 6-13 4-6 18, Kong 1-2 0-1 3, McGuire 7-7 1-6 17. Totals 26-53 9-17 70. 

WASHBURN (16-6) 

McKee 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 3-3 0-1 6, Geiman 10-19 4-7 26, Nelson 2-10 5-6 10, Lewis 4-8 1-2 13, Deffebaugh 2-4 0-1 4, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, Clausing 5-7 2-6 12, Braun 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 12-23 73. 

3-point goals -- Emporia State 9 (Turner 2, Downing 2, Fort 2, McGuire 2, Kong), Washburn 7 (Lewis 4, Geiman 2, Nelson). Rebounds -- Emporia State 34 (Bailey 8), Washburn 33 (Geiman 8). Assists -- Emporia State 14 (Downing 8),  Washburn 9 (Geiman 5). Turnovers -- Emporia State 9; Washburn 6.  Fouled out -- Bailey.