Schroeder, Miller qualify for 4A state tournament
MCPHERSON — Working their way through three stages, Concordia High School wrestlers Hunter Schroeder and Keyan Miller qualified for the Class 4A state tournament.
Schroeder, a senior, advanced to state for the fourth consecutive year by capturing first place in the 182-pound class at the sub-state tournament on Saturday.
Miller, a junior, placed third at sub-state in the 170-pound class to earn his first trip to state.
The state tournament is scheduled for Saturday at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina.
It has been reduced from a two-day event to just one day because of COVID-19.
In previous seasons, 16 wrestlers in each weight class qualified for state. This year that has been reduced to just eight per weight class.
Wrestlers had to place in the top four in the district tournament to advance to the regional, and then place in the top four at the regional to move on to sub-state.
The top four finishers in each weight class at sub-state qualified for state.
Concordia had five wrestlers reach the sub-state tournament.
Logan Leiszler, 106 pounds, placed fifth at sub-state for the Panthers.
Sajen Kemling, 113 pounds, and Koby Tyler, 120 pounds, each finished sixth.
Schroeder, who had placed first in the district tournament in Wamego and the regional tournament hosted by Circle High School, needed just 51 seconds to pin Isaiah Shinette, Goodland, in his opening match at sub-state.
Advancing to the semifinals, Schroeder (35-1) pinned Jeffery Nix, Scott City, in 48 seconds to set up a showdown with Hayden Oviatt, Wamego.
Oviatt dealt Schroeder his only loss this season.
Schroeder pinned Oviatt in the finals of the district and regional tournaments.
Oviatt (21-5) pinned Justin Degollado, Ulysses, and Iziah Cook, Pratt, to reach the finals.
Schroeder pulled out a 6-4 win over Oviatt in the title match.
Miller, who had placed third in both the district and regional tournament, lost a 9-6 decision to Lance Miller, Scott City, in the first round of the sub-state.
Dropping into the consolation bracket, Miller pinned Gantzen Miller, Goodland.
Miller (25-10) won a 7-1 decision over Elijah Aouad, Andale, in the consolation semifinals and then squeezed out a 5-4 victory over Bryce Winsor, Pratt, in the third-place match.
Leiszler, a junior, was pinned by Kaden McCarty, Colby, in the first round.
In the consolation bracket, Leiszler won an 8-0 major decision over Maddox Riffey, Pratt. He lost 6-0 to Colton Miller, Andale, in the consolation semifinals.
Leiszler (21-6) won by forfeit over Jimmy Gordon, Clay Center, in the fifth-place match.
Kemling, a senior, pinned DJ Knox, Goodland, in the opening round.
Unbeaten Tucker Cell, Abilene, pinned Kemling in the semifinals
Kemling (23-8) was pinned by Aiden Cook, Colby, in the consolation semifinals. He lost by injury default to Knox in the fifth-place match.
Tyler, a sophomore, dropped a 4-0 decision to Quentin Pauda, Ulysses, in the first round.
After winning by injury default over Gavin Moore, Nickerson, Tyler was beaten 5-4 by Collin McDaniel, Scott City, in the consolation semifinals.
Tyler (21-11) suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Christopher McClanhan, Abilene, in the fifth-place match.