7 Buffs reach 6A semifinals; team moves into 1st place





WICHITA — Garden City's Buffaloes put themselves in prime position to continue their march to a repeat as Class 6A state team wrestling champions in Friday's quarterfinal round at Hartman Arena.

The Buffs, who qualified nine of their 12 grapplers out of the first round, then advanced seven of those into Friday evening's semifinals.

Through the quarterfinal round of the tournament, the Buffs had moved from third into first place in the team chase, standing at 66.5 points while second place was Derby with 50.5 points. Junction City was third at 47.5 points. Olathe North and Wichita Northwest rounded out the top five with 47 and 45 points, respectively. Dodge City stood in 11th with 29.5 points.

Those advancing were Efrain Sanchez at 106 pounds; Michael Prieto at 113 pounds; Alec Castillo at 132 pounds; Tevin Briscoe at 138 pounds; Zac Finch at 160 pounds; Sammy Reyes at 195 pounds and Montana Fuller at 285 pounds.

The only two who failed to advance were Chris Adler at 145 pounds and Jesse Nunez at 152 pounds. 

Late afternoon consolation matches were to include Thomas Marquez at 126 pounds; Zeke Herrera at 182 pounds and Benny Hernandez at 220 pounds. They all lost opening-round matches on Friday morning.

Sanchez earned a hard-fought 8-6 decision over Jay Maxville of Topeka-Washburn rural when he scored a 2-point takedown with five seconds remaining in the match. Prieto pinned Benjamin Deaton of Olathe South at 2:12 of the second period. Castillo won a 7-3 decision over Garrett Girard of Lawrence High. Finch was a 9-5 decision winner over Foster Hartman of Blue Valley.  Reyes pinned Jadon McGaha of Olathe North at 1:43 of the first, and Fuller was a 4-0 decision victor over Dametrius Berry of Shawnee Mission South.

Adler was dropped into the consolation bracket when he came up short in a 5-3 decision to Tanner Madl of Blue Valley. Nunez was on the short end of a 5-2 decision against Zach Jaso of Olathe North.

Semifinals were to begin this evening following the first round of consolation matches. 

Saturday's schedule will begin at 9 a.m., with consolation cross-bracketing. Consolation quarterfinals will follow at 10:45 a.m. and consolation semifinals at 12:15 p.m. In a schedule change made because of impending inclement bad weather, all medal matches will be wrestled simultaneously starting at 2 p.m. 

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