AV-CTL DIV Champion Crusaders to wrap up dual season tonight with Circle

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first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the first time in 11 years, the Wellington High School wrestling team has won a league title, and the first time in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV history.Wellington secured the title two week ago when it defeated Andale 40-39 and Clearwater 49-28. Tonight, the Crusader grapplers go to Circle in Towanda at 6 p.m. to complete the AV-CTL DIV dual season.“It was completely unexpected,” said Mitch McComb, Wellington head wrestling coach of the league title. “I did not think before the season started we would have the manpower to compete for a title. A lot of good things had to go our way.”Wellington last won a league wrestling title in 2005 when it was a member of the AV-CTL DIII. Since then the Crusader grapplers have been close but had never gotten over the hump until this year.Still, with the Class 4A Regional in Rose Hill coming up in a little more than a week, Feb. 19-20, things are a little dicey at the moment on the Crusader wrestling mat.Wellington will go into the post season with two of its premiere wrestlers, Graysen DeJarnett and Jason Norris, out for the season with concussions.DeJarnett has been dealing with the concussions all season while Norris, who received a concussion earlier this year, is going into the military this summer and did not want to jeopardize his status there.Wellington is also suffering from a lightweight wrestler leaving the program last week, who had potential of going to state. McComb would not say who this athlete was but was told last Thursday in practice he didn’t want to wrestle anymore.So come Friday of next week, Wellington should have a shuffled deck in a regional that also contains: Andale, Andover Central, Augusta, Clearwater, El Dorado, Holcomb, Hugoton, Mulvane, Pratt, Rose Hill, Ulysses, Wichita Trinity and Winfield. It should be a tough regional.McComb said he is moving Aaron Schoemann from 170 to 182 and Ian Groom from 182 to 195 to replace Norris at 195.He is expecting Wellington to fill 13 of the 14 weight divisions at the regional with 152 being the only weight class open.But how many Wellington wrestlers will get to the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina, is anyone’s guess.“Nothing is a sure thing,” McComb said. “You never know what is going to happen in a regional – whether or not a light switch will go on or not.”Wellington heavyweight Miguel Lujan has as good as chance as anyone with a 31-9 record.“The thing is, Lujan has beaten everyone in his bracket and he has also lost to everyone in his bracket,” McComb said.He said Jace Lowe at 220 could be a wildcard. Lowe is currently 12-18, but he has also scored some huge upsets and is 2-2 against ranked opponents.“You just never know,” McComb said. “I remember back a couple years ago when Taylan Lamkin was seeded eighth in his regional and he ends up taking sixth at state.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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