BUFFS ROUNDUP: Friday, February 7, 2020
On Senior Night, with 11 upperclassmen making one of their final appearances at The Garden, the Garden City Buffaloes wrestling team had the proper send-off for the group with perhaps their best showing of the season, overwhelming Hays, 67-12, in their final Western Athletic Conference dual match.
The dual victory improved the Buffs’ season record in duals to 13-3 and left them at 2-2 in the WAC. With an injury-plagued lineup much of the middle portion of the season, the Buffs had lost WAC matches against both Dodge City and Great Bend while beating Liberal earlier.
Additionally, the Lady Buffs wrestling team won all three of its matches against Hays, to finish with an 18-0 triumph. All three wins came via falls.
Thursday, though, belonged to the Buffs as they won the first 12 matches (2 by forfeit) before dropping the final two matches of the evening.
Silas Pineda (120), Jacob Holt (138), Erick Dominguez (145), Josh Janas (152), Jared Arellano (160), Alan Chairez (170), Alex Rodriguez (182) and Ryan Wessels (195) all recorded victories by falls. Dominguez had the fastest one just 35 seconds into his match.
Alex Hands earned a 12-2 major decision at 113 pounds and Steven Sellers, coming off a strong Rocky Welton performance (5th) earned a 7-2 decision at 132 pounds. Matt Smith (220) and Isaiah Barrett (285) were the only two Buffs to drop a match.
On the girls side of the match, Chloe Sullivan (109), Anjie Serrano (136) and Kallista Rhoades (167) each won their bouts by pinning their opponents. Serrano and Rhoades ended their matches quickly at 25 and 45 seconds of the first period.
Next up for the boys will be a home dual on Friday, Feb. 14, against the Ulysses Tigers. JV action begins at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow in The Garden.
For the Lady Buffs, they will send a contingent to the all-class regional qualifying tournament in McPherson on Feb. 14 and 15. There, the top six wrestlers qualify for the first girls state championship which will be Feb. 27 at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina. There are only two regionals for girls, with six qualifying in each weight class for state.
There are 11 weight divisions for the girls as opposed to 14 for the boys, with those being 101-lbs., 109-lbs., 116-lbs., 123-lbs., 130-lbs., 136-lbs., 143-lbs., 155-lbs., 170-lbs., 191-lbs., 235-lbs.
The Lady Buffs will be having challenge matches early next week to determine the final roster for regionals, according to assistant head coach Paul Lappin.
The boys Class 6A Super Regional will be Feb. 21 and 22 at Topeka-Washburn Rural with the 6A state tournament slated for Feb. 28 and 29 at Hartman ARena in Park City, just north of Wichita. The top 8 from regionals will qualify for the state meet.
Western Athletic Conference Dual Match
Garden City 67, Hays 12
106: Dakota Smith won by forfeit; 113: Alex Hands won by dec., 7-2; 120: Silas Pineda won by fall, 2:35; 126: Matt Montoya won by forfeit; 132: Steven Sellers won by dec., 7-2; 138: Jacob Holt won by fall, 2:53; 145: Erick Dominguez won by fall, 0:34; 152: Josh Janas won by fall, 2:45; 160: Jared Arellano won by fall, 1:12; 170: Alan Chairez won by fall, 4:42; 182: Alex Rodriguez won by fall, 3:09; 195: Ryan Wessels won by fall, 2:20; 220: Matt Smith lost by fall, 2:00; 285: Isaiah Barrett lost by fall, 1:35.
Garden City 18, Hays 0
109: Chloe Sullivan won by fall, 3:39; 136: Anjie Serrano won by fall, 0:25; 167: Kallista Rhoades won by fall, 0:45.
Garden City High School’s girls and boys bowling teams hit the road Thursday for another Western Athletic Conference dual match, this time traveling south to Liberal to face the Redskins.
When the last balls were rolled for both teams, the Buffaloes had blanked the Lady Redskins, 11-0, while the boys had taken 10 of the 11 possible points for a dominating day on the lanes.
Karly Larson, Angelina Leeper and Holly Bridges led a 1-2-3 finish for the girls as the Lady Buffs took total pins easily, finishing with 2,708 to Liberal’s 2,144. The total was divided by the 3-game American 10-Pin format (Garden City won 2,273 to 1,821) and then the 3-game Baker format in which bowlers bowl two frames each but not in consecutive order. There, the Lady Buffs prevailed 152-121, 149-100 and 134-102.
In the 3-game American 10-Pin format, Larson rolled games of 186-238-160 for a 584 series, while Leeper was not far behind at 569 with games of 190-155-224. Bridges was third at 544 (170-203-171. Emilee Giger and Lily Leeper also finished with 500-plus series for coach Kip Nichols. The Lady Buffs shot games of 713-787-773 for a 2,273 total vs. Liberal’s 1,821 on games of 561-727-533.
On the boys side, the Buffs also had a clean sweep of the American 10-Pin 3-game series with games of 804-758-818 (2380) against Liberal’s 669-637-632 (1938). In the Baker format, the Buffs lost their only game and point in the opener 165-191 before bouncing back with wins of 192-147 and 185-161.
The Buffs’ boys also had a clean sweep of the top three places in the 3-game American 10-Pin format as Dionicio Resendiz led the way at 622 (183-207-232), followed by Caleb Carr’s 589 (196-177-216) and Kaden Whitehurst at 568 (213-189-166).
The Buffs will next compete on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Great Bend in a match that likely could decide the WAC title for both girls and boys divisions. They will close out their home season on Thursday, Feb., 13, with a dual against Dodge City on Senior Night at 3 p.m. at Hard Rock Lanes.
Team Scores: Garden City, 2708; Liberal, 2144.
American 10-Pin (3-Game Series): Garden City, 713-787-773=2273; Liberal, 561-727-533=1821.
Baker (3-Game Series): Garden City, 152-149-134=435; Liberal, 121-100-102=323.
Individuals: 1. Karly Larson, 186-238-160=584; 2. Angelina Leeper, 190-155-224=569; 3. Holly Bridges, 170-203-171=544; Emilee Giger, 167-172-169=508; Lily Leeper, 160-134-209=503; Britney Cruz, 137-174-146=457.
Team Scores: Garden City, 2922; Liberal, 2437.
American 10-Pin (3-Game Series): Garden City, 804-758-818=2380; Liberal, 669-637-632=1938.
Baker (3-Game Series): Garden City, 165-192-185=542; Liberal, 191-147-161=499.
Individuals: 1. Dionicio Resendiz, 183-207-232=622; 2. Caleb Carr, 196-177-216=589; 3. Kaden Whitehurst, 213-189-166=568; Jayce Farr, 212-143-175=530; Ty Weilert, 147-185-191=523; Zane Roth, 147-174-179=500.