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February 26, 2011By Tom Witherspoon of VYPE MAGAZINE - Central Kansas
Matt Reed hugging Heights coach Mike Church (Photo by Bill Purnell)
Matt Reed also just won the 160-pound championship with a pin.
Trey Houlden (Photo by Bill Purnell)
Wichita Heights clinched the Class 6A team state wrestling championship, their first since 1976, after Goddard's Trey Houlden lost the 152-pound final to Olathe Northwest's Connor Middleton.
Goddard has no remaining wrestlers in the championship matches yet to be wrestled, and Heights has the lead, thus they have clinched the title.
Houlden was Goddard's last hope to remain in contention with Heights for the team championship. He and Middleton felt each other out in the first round of their match, remaining tied at 0-0 at its end.
Houlden escaped to start the second round and maintained a 1-0 lead throughout that round.
Middleton, a most careful wrestler, did not make a mistake all match long and waited for Houlden to do so.
Middleton escaped to start the third round to tie the match at 1-1. With just less than a minute left in the match, there was a medical stoppage so Houlden could stop his nose from bleeding.
Immediately out of the end of the timeout, Houlden seemed to hesitate a little when he went for Middleton's legs. Middleton wrapped around on top of him and scored two points with 53 seconds left.
Bradley Little (Photo by William Purnell)
Derby's Bradley Little pinned Wichita Heights' Trey Schrimscher in the first round of the 140-pound final, so Heights did not clinch the team title.
Little will Derby's single individual state champion in 2011, and it came against Wichita Heights, so that was sweet for Panther fans. They gave him a nice standing ovation after his pin for the win.
Daniel Deshazer (William Purnell)
Heights' Daniel Deshazer became a three-time state champion, holding off Zach Dremel of Olathe South for a 3-2 win in the Class 6A 130-pound final.
The Class 6A team title is not yet clinched for Wichita Heights, but they took the lead back from Goddard with Deshazer's win.
Heights' Trey Schrimscher, an underdog in the upcoming 140-pound final against Derby's Bradley Little, can clinch the team title with a win.
If Schrimscher loses, Goddard's Trey Houlden in the 152-pound final can re-gain the lead in the team race with a win. After Houlden, Heights has two more wrestlers in the championship matches. A win by either will clinch the team championship for Heights.
Deshazer is the master of the 3-2 margin of victory. He can escape anyone's grasp, and he can stay locked together with an opponent as long as he wants. That's exactly the strategy he used against Dremel.
He scored on his signature explosion of an escape to start the match. He then scored a takedown with 27 seconds remaining in the second round. Dremel then immediately escaped to score a point, as Deshazer did not try to keep him down.
Dremel scored another escape to start the third round, making the score 3-2 in Deshazer's favor.
Then Deshazer locked him up, arm to arm and head to head the rest of the way for a very tactical victory.
Deshazer lost one match this season to follow up his undefeated season in 2009-2010.
Kaleb Bonilla (Photo by William Purnell)
Goddard led 142 to Wichita Heights 140.5 going into the championship matches. The three-time defending state champion Lions entered the final round with two wrestlers in championship matches, Heights with four.
Goddard's chances at winning the team title took a big hit in the 112-pound final match.
Goddard's Kaleb Bonilla lost 7-5 to Garden City's Anthony Calderon for the second straight week. Bonilla had beaten Calderon in the third-place match at the Derby tournament on Jan. 8, 4-1. Bonilla was a defending champion for Goddard.
Calderon scored the winning two points with eight seconds left in the match, reversing Bonilla's near takedown at the legs.
Bonilla had a 4-3 lead at the end of the first period. Only one point was scored in the second period -- by Calderon with an escape to even the match up 4-4.
Bonilla took a 5-4 lead with an escape at the beginning of the third period at the 1:41 mark. Calderon was awarded a point with 35 seconds remaining due to Bonilla stalling. The Garden City crowd had been howling for the referee to call stalling for the entire minute of the match that lagged between scores.
Tied 5-5, Calderon scored the winning two points with eight seconds remaining, exciting the loudest crowd outburst of the day.
The team scores remained the same between Goddard and Heights after the match. The next match relevant to the team race between Goddard and Heights is Daniel Deshazer against Zach Dremel of Olathe South in the 130-pound final