The Falcons had a strong showing this past weekend in their respective Substate Tournaments. The Lady’s were in Leavenworth last Friday, with Nicole Redmond (9) and Adelynn Howat (11) fighting to qualify for State after advancing through Regionals. Howat wrestled tough, but ultimately fell short in the consolation rounds – bringing a strong junior season to an end. Redmond continued her strong Freshmen campaign, recording two first period falls en route to the Substate Finals. In the Championship bout, Nicole won by decision over the #2 Ranked Wrestler in Girls D1, 9-3. Co-Co is headed to Wichita with a head full of steam – just one more podium to climb!
Our boys were in action on Saturday at Olathe North with 8 Falcons competing after advancing through Regionals. The Falcons were hot out of the gate, going 8-0 in the opening round. We were 4-4 in the semi-finals, with Cash Thomas (11), Bobby Thomas (12) , Blake Jouret (11) and Zack Leskovac (12) all advancing to the finals with bonus point victories. Ethan Valenti (10) and Robert Shands (12) would ultimately fall in the blood round, falling just shy of qualifying for the state tournament. Congrats to both of these warriors – finishing their seasons in the top 12 at their weight class in 6A! Our second set of siblings punched their ticket to the State Tournament in the blood round, with Thomas Knudsen (12) going on to finish 3rd and Ty Knudsen (12) finishing 4th. The Championship Finals were full of action, and the Falcons were well represented. In the 145 lbs. Finals, Cash Thomas fell to the #2 Ranked wrestler in 6A in a tight match, losing 4-2. Out of precaution and desire to be at full strength in Wichita, Bobby Thomas injury defaulted at 160 lbs. due to an elbow injury. Blake Jouret continued to terrorize the 170 lbs. weight class, recording a fall in the quarterfinals, a techfall in the semifinals, and an 11-2 major decision over the #3 Ranked wrestler in 6A in the Finals! Zack Leskovac also turned in a dominant performance, recording a first period fall in the semifinals after a first round bye. In the Finals, Lesko continued to rack up bonus points – securing a third period fall over the #6 Ranked wrestler in 6A. When the dust settled, 6 Falcons hit the podium, 2 claimed Substate Titles, and the Falcons were Team Runner-ups of the 6A East Substate Championships!
Congratulations to our entire team for their efforts, and good luck to our 7 State Qualifiers as they head to Wichita this weekend. Time to FINISH. Lets get this MONEY!
Nicole Redmond (9) – Champion @ G120 lbs.
Ethan Valenti (10) – 5th Place @ 113 lbs.
Johnny Cash Thomas (11) – Runner-up @ 145 lbs.
Thomas Knudsen (12) – 3rd Place @ 152 lbs.
Bobby Thomas (12) – Runner-up @ 160 lbs.
Blake Jouret (11) – Champion @ 170 lbs.
Zack Leskovac (12) – Champion @ 182 lbs.
Ty Knudsen (12) – 4th Place @ 195 lbs.
Robert Shands (12) – 5th Place @ 285 lbs.