PARK CITY – No. 1 ranked Cody Liles (132) of Great Bend joined teammates Keaton Sander (138) and Christian Rivas (160) in losing in the Class 5A state wrestling semifinals. Each Great Bend wrestler had won two matches to reach Friday’s semifinals. All three Panthers can finish as high as third place.
Liles (42-4) lost 9-6 to No. 2 ranked Paul Stuart of Andover (36-2) in a battle of the top two wrestlers. Stuart won the 120-pound division last year.
Sander (34-4) lost 4-2 to Goddard’s No. 2 ranked Garrett Lange (33-5). Rivas (29-8) lost 3-1 to Lenexa St. James’ No. 3 ranked Sam Cokeley (43-7) in the semifinals. Coakley placed third at 152 pounds last year.
CLASS 5A STATE WRESTLING
GREAT BEND RESULTS
120—Montez Robinson, Arkansas City def. Eric Vazquez, Great Bend, 7-6; Vazquez, GB def. Riley McCall, Blue Valley SW, forfeit; Vazquez, GB vs. Bryson Markovch, Mill Valley
132—Cody Liles, Great Bend def. Lane Glover, Goddard,1-0; Quarterfinal--Liles, GB def. Jake Wilson, BVSW, 3-0; Semifinal--Paul Stuart, Andover def. Liles, GB, 9-6
138—Keaton Sander, Great Bend def. Conor Murphy, Wichita Carroll, 7-3; Quaterfinal--Sander, GB def. Jeff Bendure, Mill Valley, 8-4; Semifinal--Garrett Lange, Goddard def. Sander, GB, 4-2.
145—Ryan Anderson, Mill Valley pinned Braxton Schooler, Great Bend, 1:55; Zachary Caraccilo, Lansing pinned Schooler, GB, 0:27
160—Christian Rivas, Great Bend pinned Juleain Winters, KC Turner, 5:52; Quarterfinal--Rivas, GB def. Isaac Carrillo, Wichita Carroll, 16-4; Semifinal--Sam Cokeley, Lenexa St. James def. Rivas, GB, 3-1
170—Daniel Butler, Leavenworth pinned Keegan Bowman, Great Bend, 3:53; Kevin Mills, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel pinned Bowman, GB, 2:40
182—Jacob Smith, KC Turner pinned Jose Batres, Great Bend 2:32; Batres, GB def. Michael Rella, Highland Park, 13-5; Batres, GB vs. John Kramer, BVSW
285—Noah Presson, Great Bend def. Nick Glenn, Maize South, 7-3; Quarterfinal--Khalil Austin, Lansing pinned Presson, GB, 1:42