Two Baldwin High School wrestlers named LJW all-area
Wrestler of the Year
Alan Clothier, Lawrence
The sophomore 182-pounder avenged a loss in the state tournament semifinals as a freshman by earning Sunflower League Wrestler of the Year honors and winning a Class 6A state championship. Clothier has proven to be one of the best wrestlers in the Sunflower State, amassing a 71-5 record in his career.
Coach of the Year
Travis Keal, Mill Valley
The Jaguars finished sixth at the 5A state tournament, their best finish in program history. Keal also led them to Kaw Valley League and regional titles. State medalists Bryan Burnett, Seth Burnett, Tyler Dickman, Jake Ellis and Landon Scott highlighted a group of 12 Mill Valley wrestlers who earned trips to state, which included Nathan Anderson, Ryan Anderson, CJ Beran, Jake Gramke, Logan Marx, Sebastian Uriarte and Regan Wright.
Tucker Clark, Baldwin — A 138-pound senior, Clark won a Frontier League title for the third time, took second place at regionals and fourth place at state. He finished sixth in school history with 134 wins during his four-year career, going 39-10 in his final season.
Alan Clothier, Lawrence — The Lions sophomore won league, regional and state championships to finish the year with a 30-1 record. He also fell just short of earning All-American honors with a 3-2 record at the NHSCA Sophomore National Championships in Virginia at the end of March.
Tyler Dickman, Mill Valley — The Jaguars senior missed most of the season because of a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee, but returned in time to go 16-0 and win the 5A state championship at the 138-pound weight class. Dickman medaled three times at state in his wrestling career.
Jake Ellis, Mill Valley — For the second straight year, the 145-pound senior finished in third place at the 5A state tournament, losing in the semifinals this season to the eventual state champion. Ellis ended the year with a 35-6 record after winning regionals and placing second in the Kaw Valley League.
Clayton Himpel, Tonganoxie — One of the top wrestlers in school history, Himpel took first in league and regionals and fourth at the 4A state tournament this year. The 132-pound senior, who is a four-time league champion and three-time state medalist, set school records with 15 technical falls this season and 149 career wins.
Asher Huseman, Tonganoxie — The Chieftains’ junior compiled a 33-6 record, finishing in first place in the Kaw Valley League, second at regionals and second at the 4A state tournament in the 152-pound weight class. Huseman is a three-time state qualifier and recorded 18 pins and 13 two-point near falls this year.
Alex Jones, Lawrence — A couple of trips to wrestling camps in Missouri and Pennsylvania last summer helped transform the senior into an elite wrestler. Jones won the Class 6A state championship at the 285-pound weight class and finished with a 22-7 record. He also took second at regionals and third in the Sunflower League.
Jon Pratt, Baldwin — The Bulldogs junior jumped from the 120-pound weight class, at which he took fifth at state last year, to the 145-pound weight class this season with similar results. Pratt finished with a 38-13 record, placing fourth at state and third at regionals and claiming a Frontier League title for the third straight year.
Sam Skwarlo, Free State — The Firebirds sophomore lost in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament, but won his next four matches on his way to a fourth-place finish. The 170-pounder posted a 30-10 record as he took second place in the Sunflower League and third at regionals.
Dalton Weidl, Ottawa — A 195-pound senior, Weidl became only the second individual state champion in Cyclones history after winning a 4A state title. He also won regionals and his second Frontier League title, ending his career with a 100-21 record.
Ryan Bellinger, Lawrence; Bryan Burnett, Mill Valley; Seth Burnett, Mill Valley; Luke Carey, Tonganoxie; Chandler Carter, De Soto; Bryce Erickson, Santa Fe Trail; Garrett Girard, Lawrence; Zeke Kissinger, Tonganoxie; Dylan Leckner, Wellsville; Landon Scott, Mill Valley.