By Staff

            HOISINGTON – Going on the road Thursday to Hoisington for the Cardinal Round-Robin Wrestling Invitational, the Smoky Valley boys 12 wrestlers on the competitive mat, earned two Invitational Champions while placing third as a team.

            For the team, the Vikings put up 106.0 points to place third behind host Hoisington (163.5) who won the invitational and second-place Hill City (139.). With 12 teams competing, the other two to round out the top five were Plainville at fourth (102.5), and Anthony/Harper/Chaparral in fifth (98.5).

            Individually, Parker Gardner at 175 went unbeaten with five straight wins to place first while Justin Holt went 4-1 on the day to win at 215. Deonte Crain (106), Connor Barnes (126) both placed second in their divisions and Richard Zeller at 190 finished third.

            Andrew Young and Connor Smith-Bolin, wrestling at 144B and 285B, respectively, won their divisions which were not counted toward the team scoring.

            Next up for the Viking boys wrestling team will be on Tuesday, January 17 on the road at Nickerson.

SMOKY VALLEY VIKING BOYS WRESTLING at Hoisington Cardinal Round-Robin Invitational

TEAM RESULTS: Finished 3rd with 106.0 points behind Hoisington (1st – 163.5) and Hill City (2nd – 139.0) and ahead of Plainville (4th) and Anthony/Harper/Chaparral (12 teams competing).


106 lbs. > Deonte Crain finished 1-1, placed 2nd.

126 lbs. > Connor Barnes finished 4-1, placed 2nd.

132 lbs. > Takota Hauck finished 0-4, placed 5th.

138 lbs. > Hayden Gehrke finished 1-4, placed 6th.

144 lbs. > Jakorian Crain finished 2-3, placed 4th.

150 lbs. > Michael Hawk finished 1-4, placed 6th.

157 lbs. > Gavin Stambaugh finished 2-3, placed 4th.165 lbs. > Sam Zeller finished 2-3, placed 6th.165 lbs. > Geo Luis finished 3-2, placed 5th.175 lbs. > Parker Gardner finished 5-0, placed 1st.190 lbs. > Richard Zeller finished 3-2, placed 3rd.215 lbs. > Justin Holt finished 4-1, placed 1st.Others:132-B lbs. > Lucas Tubbs finished 3-1, placed 2nd, no team points.144 -B lbs. > Andrew Young finished 4-1, placed 1st, no team points.285 -B lbs. > Connor Smith-Bolin finished 2-0, placed 1st, no team points.(The Staff covering McPherson County Activities can be reached by email at