HOISINGTON — The Hoisington High School Cardinals finished the regular season 14-0 in wrestling duals, closing it with a quadrangular on Thursday evening.
The Cardinals beat Marion, 69-3; Hillsboro, 61-9; and Smoky Valley, 39-29.
“We were really excited about what the kids did,” Hoisington head coach Dan Schmidt said. “They were focused. It was senior night, and we had some seniors come up with some big wins for us.”
Hoisington, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 3-1A in the latest Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association poll, recognized 11 seniors, including nine wrestlers and two managers.
“We have a great group of seniors,” Schmidt said. “We had nine who were wrestling, and we had a few others that ended up not coming out or quitting just because they got buried on the roster. They still hung out and helped us throughout the season, though. To have 12 kids in one class that have so much impact on our team is incredible.
“We’re talking about a group of seniors who have only lost two duals in their four-year career.”
Those two losses came at the hands of Smoky Valley in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Hoisington put an end to that, getting a win in the 285-pound weight class to secure a victory over the Vikings.
“Darwin Brickley is one of our seniors, and he probably had the best night of all the seniors,” Schmidt said of his heavyweight. “He went 3-0 tonight, and he was the one that put the nail down in the Smoky Valley dual.”
Hoisington cruised past Marion and Hillsboro, getting 11 pins out of the 18 matches.
Hoisington’s Brandon Ball, a state champion last season in the 120-pound weight class, had a pair of pins to close out his regular season, competing at 126.
“I’ve wrestled pretty good,” said Ball, who is ranked No. 1 in his weight class. “I’ve had some hard matches. (Great Bend’s Chris) Burley was pretty hard. I feel like I’m where I want to be.
“Our team’s been pretty good. We’ve had a few injuries, but we’re doing good.”
No. 2-ranked Chance Demel (145) had two pins and a major decision.
Cayton Janousek (220), who is ranked No. 2 in his weight class, only had one match, pinning No. 4-ranked Evan Slater of 3-1A Marion.
Demel and Janousek were both among the seniors recognized on Thursday night.
Hoisington competes at a 3-1A regional on Friday, Feb. 15, at Garden Plain, starting at 2 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING
Hoisington Activity Center
Hoisington 69, Marion 3
106 — Kody Lang, Hoisington def. Marion (open)
113 — Landon Harmon, Hoisington def. Marion (open)
120 — Lexi Sanders, Hoisington def. Remington Putter, Marion, fall
126 — Brandon Ball, Hoisington def. Eric Regner, Marion, fall
138 — Cameron Richter, Hoisington def. Marion (open)
145 — Chance Demel, Hoisington def. Luke Steele, Marion, fall
152 — Brody Carroll, Marion def. Zach Sanders, Hoisington, 3-0 decision
160 — Austin McHenry, Hoisington def. Derrick Dvorak, Marion, fall
170 — Chris Jonas, Hoisington def. Zac Lewman, Marion, 15-12 decision
182 — Hagen Hanzlick, Hoisington def. Marion (open)
195 — Avery Urban, Hoisington def. John Nordquist, Marion, fall
220 — Cayton Janousek, Hoisington def. Evan Slater, Marion, fall
285 — Darwin Brickley, Hoisingtton def. Adam Kjellin, Marion, fall
Hoisington 61, Hillsboro 9
106 — Lang, Hoisington def. Hillsboro (open)
113 — Harmon, Hoisington def. Hillsboro (open)
120 — Jon Carey, Hillsboro def. Lexi Sanders, Hoisington, 5-3
126 — Ball, Hoisington def. Hillsboro (open)
138 — Richter, Hoisington def. Hillsboro (open)
145 — Demel, Hoisington def. Austin Cross, Hillsboro, 12-0 maj. decision
152 — Zach Sanders, Hoisington def. Preston Nelson, Hillsboro, injury default
160 — McHenry, Hoisington def. Jesse Meier, Hillsboro, fall
170 — Tanner Jones, Hillsboro def. Jonas, Hoisington, fall
182 — Hanzlick, Hoisington def. Levi Mendoza, Hillsboro, fall
195 — Urban, Hoisington def. Frank Yost, Hillsboro, fall
220 — Janousek, Hoisington def. Hillsboro (open)
285 — Brickley, Hoisington def. Tyrill Thiessen, Hillsboro, 6-3 decision
Hoisington 39, Smoky Valley 29
106 — Haladio Rosales, Hoisington def. Smoky Valley (open)
113 — Kaden Sare, Smoky Valley def. Harmon, Hoisington, 9-0 maj. decision
120 — Brandon Archuleta, Smoky Valley def. Lexi Sanders, Hoisington, fall
126 — Terance Croslin, Hoisington def. Smoky Valley (open)
132 — Ball, Hoisington def. Mason Kerns, Smoky Valley, fall
138 — Aaron Taylor, Smoky Valley def. Richter, Hoisington, 4-0 decision
145 — Demel, Hoisington def. Joey Alvarado, Smoky Valley, fall
152 — Zach Sanders, Hoisington def. Kyle Ryans, Smoky Valley, 11-8 decision
160 — Spencer Bird, Smoky Valley def. McHenry, Hoisington, 11-0 maj. decision
170 — Trevor Whittaker, Smoky Valley def. Jonas, Hoisington, fall
182 — Weston Loder, Smoky Valley def. Hanzlick, Hoisington, 3-2 decision
195 — Tyler Petterson, Smoky Valley def. Urban, Hoisington, 2-1 decision
220 — Janousek, Hoisington def. Smoky Valley (open)
285 — Brickley, Hoisington def. Brix Brickey, Smoky Valley, DQ