Jay grapplers dominate Quad State Tournament

The Sabetha Bluejay wrestling squad continues to improve each week and this past weekend was no different as the Jays captured the 2023 Quad State Classic Tournament held in Maryville, Mo., on Saturday, Jan. 28. Fourteen teams were entered in the tournament this year and the Jays walked away with the team title with 273.5 points. Winnetonka, Mo., finished a distant second with 188 points followed by Cameron, Mo., with 154.5 points.

The Jays crowned five champions on their way to the title and every Jay grappler placed in the tournament. Juniors 132-pound Cullen Wikle, 138-pound Colin Menold and 144-pound Cole Hinton stood atop the podium, along with seniors 175-pound Josh Herrmann and 190-pound Jacob Kuenzi, to receive their gold medals.

“Maryville has been the tournament where kids flip the switch and make jumps in their wrestling,” said Head Coach Ricky Creek. “This happened Saturday as well. We are still not ready to peak yet, but we are right where we want to be to be wrestling our best at the state tournament. While we wrestled excellent, our goal was to get to 280 team points, but we came up a couple of points shy of that!”

Sophomore 106-pound Caleb Renyer and junior 215-pound Dalton Rokey captured second place. Juniors 126-pound Zach Kibbe, 165-pound Brayden Meredith and 285-pound Josh Grimm finished the day in third place, along with senior 150-pound Kellan Spielman. First year senior grappler 120-pound Lucas Menold continues to improve each week and he took fourth place.

The Jays will be at home on Thursday, Feb. 2, for senior night for dual action against ACCHS and Maur Hill beginning at 5 p.m.

Tim Kellenberger74 Posts

Tim Kellenberger serves as Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for The Sabetha Herald since 2004. He specializes in sports reporting and column writing, as well as sports photography. Tim is a Grace University graduate with a dual degree in agricultural economics and human resource management. He lives in rural Sabetha with his wife and has four grown children and two grandchildren.


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