Greenlee, Dozier win state titles; GCHS fourth
By JASON ELMQUIST
By JASON ELMQUIST
WICHITA — The Garden City High School wrestling program will continue to search for its first team title at the Class 6A state tournament since 1999 after a fourth place finish with 136 points — just 13.5 points behind first place Goddard, who beat out Derby by 1.5 points — Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.
One drought did come to an end over the weekend, however, as seniors Lane Greenlee and Joey Dozier became Garden City's first individual state champions in eight years.
"Right now, I'm just tickled to death that Lane and Joey both got championships," said GCHS coach Monte Moser, who was voted the Class 6A coach of the year. "Both of them did it in resounding fashion. I'm real pleased for those boys."
Reactions were of a different nature for the longtime teammates. When Greenlee won his championship match, a 20-5 technical fall over Maize's Chase Locke, the 130-pounder gave his handshakes, signed the mat sheet and walked off the mat — showing little emotion for his first state championship.
"People shouldn't be able to tell if you won or lost when you walk off the mat," Greenlee said.
But Greenlee did admit to letting loose once he was out of sight.
"I was emotional up with my parents," Greenlee said. "They were so happy for me. My dad was reminding me this whole weekend — and last weekend — that all these years of hard work, it was time for me to go after it."
Dozier, on the other hand, couldn't contain himself when he pinned Derby's Cody Shavlik in the third period. The 145-pounder began pumping his fists and cracked a smile before going over and getting hugs from his coaches — and then one from Greenlee.
"I'm ecstatic. I've been waiting for this for a long time," Dozier said. "To finally get it is amazing. It's a dream come true."
The emotions bubbled over for Dozier, who has been wrestling for 12 years, when he went straight from the coaches to his mom and dad in the stands above.
"It's a great feeling because I know we can celebrate it together — and that's what I've been waiting to do since I was seven years old," Dozier said. "(My dad) knew my dream before I did, because I was too young. But now we both got it, so it's a great feeling."
Garden City had four other individual medalists, including a second place finish from sophomore Anthony Calderon (103), who lost in the finals to Goddard's Kaleb Bonilla by a 9-5 decision.
"I wish I would have won, but there's nothing I can do — except work harder for next year," Calderon said. "But it's a big opportunity and a big chance for me to be a four-time state placer."
Winning his final two matches of the tournament was Aaron Anguiano in the 125-pound bracket. The junior, who lost in the semifinals on Friday, won his first consolation match by fall and pulled out a 7-5 decision over Wichita South's Devin Webber to take third-place in the tournament.
"At first, I was disappointed that I couldn't make it to the finals," Anguiano said. "But I knew, from not even qualifying last year, that this was a pretty big step — jumping all the way up to the top three in the state. So I feel really good right now."
Sophomore Braxston Medina earned his second straight fifth place finish at the state contest. Medina lost his consolation semifinal match by a 12-6 decision to Derby's Travis Reinhart, but bounced back with an 11-0 major decision victory over Justin Erker of Blue Valley West.
Garden City began to lose sight of the top three teams during the second consolation matches of the day when just one — Anthony Shockley in 171 — of the five competing wrestlers came away with a victory. The Buffaloes were in second place heading into the second round Saturday, by the end of the round they had slipped back to fourth, where they would remain the rest of the tournament.
Shockley won two straight matches Saturday morning to reach the medal round with a pin of Goddard's Dakota Spencer and a 12-11 decision over Lawrence's Dustin Walthall. Shockley suffered a close 4-3 decision to Blue Valley North's Jared Hoopes in the consolation semifinals before losing a 10-2 major decision to Shawnee Mission East's Jeff Rutherford in the fifth-place match.
"Anthony's one of those that you just tell him what you want done and he's going to try his darndest to do it," Moser said. "He's really come along the past two weeks. I'm real impressed with him and he's done a good job for us this season."
Garden City was docked one team point due to the actions of freshman Derrik Ortiz (140) following a 6-4 loss to Dodge City's Hunter Edwards in which there was a controversial call.
Following the match, Ortiz declined shaking the hands of Edwards and the Dodge City coaches and had to be carried by one of the assistant coaches out to the mat to shake hands. The loss knocked Ortiz out of the tournament, while Edwards went on to take the third-place medal.
See results in Scoreboard, Page B2.