We are the champions

For the fourth year in a row the Sabetha Bluejay Boy’s wrestling squad captured the KSHSAA Class 3-2-1A Regional D team title and will now head off to state competition with ten wrestlers competing for a state title. Twenty-three teams competed in the KSHSAA 3-2-1A Regional D Boys Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17, in Rossville. When the last match was completed the Jays won yet another tournament with 211.5 points.

“This weekend proved to be another tough tournament that this team found a way to win for their fourth year in a row as regional champions,” said Head Coach Ricky Creek. “Our guys showed up and performed well. The whole year we have listened to how good ACCHS and Council Grove were but we were able to show the difference between a couple of good kids and what a solid team can do working together.”

The Jays came into the tournament with a number seven ranking in the state and would be competing against the number three ranked team in the state, the ACCHS Tigers. As they did a couple of weeks ago in dual competition the Jays rose to the occasion and knocked off the favored Tigers by a 211.5 to 192 point margin. Council Grove finished in third place with 152.5 points and Nemaha Central finished in fourth place with 137 points.

The Jays qualified ten wrestlers for the KSHSAA Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling Championships to be held in Salina, Kansas on Thursday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 24. The Jays placed eight wrestlers in the finals Saturday night and came away with one champion. Five seniors finished the tournament with second place medals.

Colin Menold

Senior 150-pound Colin Menold, the second ranked wrestler in the state, entered the tournament with a perfect 35-0 record. Menold, last year’s runner up in the finals at the state tournament at 138 pounds, went 4-0 on the day and with the championship enters the state tournament with a 39-0 record.

Menold opened the tournament with back-to-back wins by a technical fall and then pinned Logan Schlimme of Northern Heights to advance to the finals against Max Bottorf of ACCHS, the fourth ranked wrestler in the state. Menold controlled the entire match and defeated Bottorf 5-2 to win the regional championship.

The outstanding performance in the tournament by Menold was noted by the participating coaches in the tournament and in turn they rewarded Menold with the Regional Wrestler of the Year Award.

Cullen Wikle

Senior 132-pound Cullen Wikle entered the tournament as the fifth ranked wrestler in the state and a 33-4 record. Wikle pinned his first three opponents and matched up against Logan Courtis of Burlingame, the second ranked wrestler in the state. Wikle was decisioned by Courtis 8-2 and heads to state with a 36-5 record.

Cole Hinton

Senior 157-pound Cole Hinton, the fifth ranked wrestler in the state, entered the tournament with a 24-4 record. Hinton dominated his first three matches of the tournament and met Easton Schletzbaum of ACCHS, the number one ranked wrestler in the state in the championship bout. Hinton was decisioned 4-0 in a close match to give him the second place medal and now heads to state for the third time with a 27-5 record.

Brayden Meredith

Senior 165-pound Brayden Meredith entered this year’s tournament with a 25-15 record. Meredith won his first two matches of the tournament in dominating fashion and earned a match against Abram Keim of Nemaha Central, the fourth ranked wrestler in the state, in the finals. Keim pinned Meredith in the first period and Meredith now makes his first trip to the state tournament with a 27-16 record.

Dalton Rokey

Senior 190-pound Dalton Rokey entered the tournament with a 17-4 record. Rokey opened the tournament by pinning Brody Drogemeier of Wabaunsee  and then in dramatic fashion came from behind to pin Nick Cairo of ACCHS to earn a match in the finals against Ace Monihen of Council Grove, the third ranked wrestler in the state. Rokey fell by a 11-0 decision against Monihen and now heads to his third state tournament with a 19-5 record.

Josh Grimm

Senior 285-pound Josh Grimm, the sixth ranked wrestler in the state, came into the tournament with an impressive 27-2 record. Grimm pinned Tatum Lara of Onaga and then matched up against Holden Ziegler of Council Grove, the fifth ranked wrestler in the state, in the finals. In a match that went into the ultimate tiebreaker overtime period, Ziegler defeated Grimm 6-5 to keep Grimm off the top of the podium. Grimm, a second place finisher at last year’s state tournament, heads to state with a 28-3 record.

Lincoln Menold

Freshman 113-pound Lincoln Menold entered the tournament with an impressive 26-12 record in his first year of varsity wrestling. Menold pinned his first opponent and met Nate Seimears of Council Grove, the sixth ranked wrestler in the state who had a 30-4 record in the championship semifinals. Menold pulled off the upset with an 8-5 decision over Seimears to move into the finals against the third ranked wrestler in the state, Keaton Rottinghaus of Nemaha Central who came into the tournament with a 32-2 record. Rottinghaus pinned Menold in the second period and now Menold moves on to his first trip to the state tournament with a 28-13 record.

Caleb Renyer

Junior 126-pound Caleb Renyer came into the tournament with a 30-8 record and two previous trips to the state tournament. Renyer won his first three matches of the tournament in dominating fashion and earned a spot in the finals against Adler Koontz of ACCHS, the fourth ranked wrestler in the state. Koontz prevailed 10-2 over Renyer and now Renyer will make his third trip to the prestigious state tournament with a 33-9 record.

Jackson Jacobs

Freshman 106-pound Jackson Jacobs will make his first trip to the state tournament after placing third at the tournament. Jacobs came into the tournament with a 24-13 record in his first year of varsity wrestling. Jacobs went 4-1 on the day with all four of his wins coming by a fall and now moves on to Salina for the state tournament with an impressive 28-14 record.

Andre Dalinghaus

Sophomore 138-pound Andre Dalinghaus, in his first year of varsity wrestling, entered the tournament with a 19-13 record. Dalinghaus went 4-1 on the day with four dominating performances to claim third place and a trip to the state tournament with a 23-14 record.

“I think this team is about to be part of something that Sabetha has never experienced from a wrestling team,” said Creek. “The few kids that did not advance to next week wrestled well but were in tough brackets and came up a little short. This season has been special and when it is all done this group of seniors that we will lose this year have worked hard for six years to get to this point in their careers.”

KSHSAA 3-2-1A Regional D Tournament Boys Varsity 2.16.2024

TEAM 1

Weight Class

Name

Opponent

Team

Win/Lose

Score

106

Jacobs

Swendson

ACCHS

W

Fall

Martin

AMHM

W

Fall

Courtis

BURL

L

Fall

Whitten

EMV

W

Fall

Fetters

COGR

W

Fall

113

L.Menold

Gerleman

ANH

W

Fall

Seimears

COGR

W

8-5

Rottinghaus

NC

L

Fall

120

I.Wikle

Leandro

BURL

L

7-0

Rivera

HRV

W

10-5

Johnson

WABA

L

Fall

126

Renyer

Rusche

NC

W

Fall

Yuill

HDW

W

10-4

Moon

BURL

W

20-4

Koontz

ACCHS

L

10-2

132

C.Wikle

Tirtill

RICO

W

Fall

Holtgrave

AMHM

W

Fall

Falk

ACCHS

W

Fall

Courtis

BURL

L

8-2

138

Dalinghaus

Mathias

PWF

W

Fall

Failer

STMA

W

Fall

Koelling

ONAG

L

Fall

Bishop

RICO

W

13-2

Patz

MCLO

W

14-1

144

Kibbe

Hoffman

HDW

W

8-2

Bazemore

ROSS

W

15-8

Moore

AMHM

L

6-2

Hewins

RIV

L

8-2

150

C.Menold

Bowe

TROY

W

19-3

Peltzer

AMHM

W

17-1

Schlimme

ANH

W

Fall

Bottorf

ACCHS

W

5-2

157

Hinton

Perry

MCLO

W

Fall

Woodruff

PWF

W

12-0

Lamond

ONAG

W

Fall

Schletzbaum

ACCHS

L

4-0

165

Meredith

Johnston

ROSS

W

16-6

Crossland

ACCHS

W

12-6

Keim

NC

L

Fall

175

Lang

Beggs

WABA

L

12-2

Scott

PWF

L

14-9

190

Rokey

Drogemeier

WABA

W

Fall

Cairo

ACCHS

W

Fall

Monihen

COGR

L

11-0

215

Bestwick

Scott

RIV

W

Fall

Webb

ACCHS

L

Fall

Slade

EMV

W

Fall

Perry

OSK

L

15-0

285

Grimm

Lara

ONAG

W

Fall

Ziegler

COGR

L

6-5

Tim Kellenberger86 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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