Top-ranked Rural wrestlers dominate 6A boys regional

Rick Peterson


Washburn Rural, the top-ranked boys wrestling team in Class 6A, lived up to that billing in Friday's regional meet at Wichita Southeast, with the Junior Blues winning the team championship by a 251.5-198.5 margin over Derby while advancing 13 wrestlers to next week's sub-state tournament.

Leading the way for the Junior Blues were six regional champs -- junior Jacob Tangpricha (27-2) at 113 pounds, senior Bishop Murray (23-1) at 120, senior Bowan Murray (26-2) at 138, junior Austin Fager (25-3) at 170, senior Remington Stiles (22-7) at 182 and senior David Huckstep (23-3) at 285.

Huckstep, who began the week second-ranked in 6A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association, turned in what was arguably the performance of the day for Washburn Rural, knocking off No. 3-ranked Tai Newhouse of Free State 14-7 in the semifinals before taking a 7-4 win over No. 1 Damian Ilalio of Manhattan in the championship match.

DavidHuckstepregionalsWashburn Rural senior 285-pounder David Huckstep was named co-outstanding wrestler in Friday's Class 6A regional. [Photo courtesy of Eustacia Fager]

Huckstep was named co-oustanding wrestler of the tournament with two-time state champion Bishop Murray, top-ranked at 120. Murray claimed his title with a 3-0 decision over Free State's Darius Shields, a former 3A-1A state champ.

BishopMurrayregionalWashburn Rural 120-pounder Bishop Murray was named co-outstanding wrestler in Friday's Class 6A regional tournament, improving to 23-1 on the season. [Photo courtesy of Eustacia Fager]

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Ichabods travel to Central Missouri for MIAA twinbill

Rick Peterson


Slowly but surely, Washburn University men’s basketball coach Brett Ballard is starting to get more company on the Ichabod sidelines.

Ballard has played just seven players for the bulk of Washburn’s last two games due to injury and illness, but he could have more weapons at his disposal in the very near future, perhaps as early as Saturday’s 3 p.m. MIAA game at Central Missouri.

The Ichabods have played their last seven games without 6-foot-9 junior Jonny Clausing (foot injury) and have also been without 6-7 junior Will McKee (knee), but both appear to be close to returning to action.

"We're close,'' Ballard said of about the return of Clausing and McKee. "I think Jonny's really close and I would imagine that if things go well he'll play Saturday and Will's knee is feeling better. I don't know if he'll be ready Saturday or not but those guys dressed out (Tuesday) and warmed up so we're inching closer and it was nice looking over and seeing them.

"It kind of made me want to put them in, but they weren't quite ready yet. But we're getting there and I think with that depth we could be very dangerous down the stretch here.''

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