Top-ranked Rural wrestlers dominate 6A boys regional
- Created: Tuesday, 12 January 2021 05:45
By 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.
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.