THE SAUNA JOURNAL ALL-AREA VURESTUMG PROFILES SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2001 PB KREiGBAUM 103 JAKE KREIGBAUM • ABILENE Just a freshman, there were a lot of [high expectations this season for Jal<e Krelgbaum inside the Abiiene wrestling room. They were expectations that the Cowboy 103- pounder met and exceeded. Entering with a national championship and multiple Kids state titles, Kreigbaum rolled through opponents en route to a 29-2 record and the Class 4A state championship. He beat Chad Hinderllter in his state title match to avenge one of his two losses. • Career highlights —'To this point it has been winning state individually and placing third as a team." • Role models — "My coaches. Starting with my first kids wrestling coach, Dave Robson, to my current kids coach Kirk Gable. Middle school coach George Havice and my high school coaches Chrlstner, Taplin, Palmer and Stout. They have pushed me to excel and believed in me. Also my dad, who has been at every one of my Kids practices since I began in first grade and coaches for the club. He has always been there for me along with the Kids in the club. They have taught me about sportsmanship." • Accomplishments most proud of — "My parents have always stressed to me the importance of maintaining good grades so I am proud of my scholastic achievements." • Hobbles — "When I am not wrestling I like to hunt quail and pheasant in the winter. In the summer I like to fish, camp and water ski. I love to play paint ball." • Coach's comments — From Bill Christner: "Jake is really a well-rounded wrestler. He is strong in all aspects. He Is good on his feet. He only gave up four takedowns all season. On the mat he is even tougher. His top position helped him win more than the average wrestler. He had 11 pins, 30 near falls and if he didn't turn you he would most likely control you. He has such tenacity. He Is always pushing his opponent. He will not give up anything. He Is extremely competitive." 112 DUSTY GREENMEYER • HERINGTON To be a championship-quality wrestler you have to be good on your feet, and when Dusty Greenmeyer began concentrating on wrestling on his feet the wins started piling up. Greenmeyer, who had always been tough on the mat, put an emphasis on wrestling on his feet and the end result was a 33-2 record and a Class 3-2-1A state championship. He finishes his prep career as a three-time state qualifier, including a fifth-place finish last year and a 7-5 victory over Hill City's Jared Portenier to win the state title this season. • Career highlights — "My junior year when I was wrestling Kalvin Wood of Phillipsburg at the state tournament. This match was if I won I placed and If I lost I was out of the tournament. With seven seconds left I put him on his back and sent the match into overtime. All of this shortly happened before I took him down and beat him in overtime." • Role models — "My brother Theron. When I was in the third grade he wrestled for federation. I went to some of his tournaments and I thought that it would be fun, so I tried it. He has taught me a lot about wrestling." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I am proud of my grades. They aren't perfect, but they are good enough for me." • Hobbies — "Outside of wrestling I like to fish and roller blade in the summer." • Future Plans — "I would like to wrestle In college, and right now I am trying to go to Labette to wrestle." • Coach's comments — From Brandon Terry: "He improved his wrestling by getting better on his feet. He Is a very hard worker and intense competitor. Dusty worked hard and was very well conditioned. This paid off for Dusty in the end." 119 MAT GILLILAND • HOXIE Mat Gilliland joins Kreigbaum as the only two freshmen on this year's all- area squad. Like Kreigbaum, Gilliland lived up to the high expectations he entered the season with. Hoxie's 119- pounder rolled off a 30-6 record for the season, including a state tournament that saw him score two pins, an 8-6 decision over Oberlln's Chance Herman and a 4-0 victory over Norton's J.B. Harding, who was a two- time defending champion. GREENMEYER GILLILAND ABBEY • Career highlights — 'The biggest highlight of my wrestling career this far is winning state. The intensity and support of the crowd was overwhelming. Hoxle was very supportive of me. It was the best feeling 1 have ever had. Being part of a second-place team my freshman year was another highlight." • Role models — "1 have waited to wrestle for Coach Baker since I started in Hoxle Kids Wrestling at about five years old. I watched him take teams and individuals and coach them to the championships and I wanted to be a part of his winning tradition. He Is confident, calm under pressure and always supportive. He always believed in me and always calmed me down before every match. Senior Trent Baker was a teammate that helped me through my freshman wrestling season. I have a lot of respect for him and learned a lot from watching him wrestle." • Hobbies — "I played running back in football and I pitch In baseball." • Coach's comments — From Kirk Baker: "He has always put in extra hours in the summer to prepare for this year's season. His accomplishments were not really surprising to me because he did exactly what I thought he was capable of. He is an exceptional freshman, along with the other freshman who competed on our team this year." 125 BRYCE ABBEY • GOODLAND After a pair of near misses as a sophomore and junior, Bryce Abbey finally took the step onto the top podium at the state tournament by winning the 125- pound state title at the Class 4A tournament. Abbey's title wrapped up a season in which he posted a 28-2 record with 18 of those victories by pin. It also concluded a stellar career which included a a sixth-place state finish at 103 as a freshman, second at 103 as a sophomore, and fourth place at 112 as a junior. • Career highlights — 'There have been many highlights to my high school wrestling career, the most exciting being my two championships, one as a team my junior year and the other as an individual state championship at 125 my senior year. Other highlights were being on the varsity squad all four years and placing at state all four years." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I am probably most proud of being able to carry a 3.7 GPA while being Involved in sports and many extracurricular activities such as NHS, Stuco, SADD, G-Club, Math Relays and school and community committees." • Hobbles —"Outside of wrestling my hobbies are lifting weights, fishing and hunting." • Future Plans — "After I graduate high school I plan on attending a four- year college on which I am undecided. 1 plan to major in biology and continue my wrestling career at the college level." • Coach's comments — From Chris Guillot: "Bryce had a terrific work ethic and determination. Bruce was focused at the beginning of the season and stayed steady all year." 130 ERIC JOHNSON • NORTON Eric Johnson wasn't going to be denied this time around. After losing a 1 0 decision In last year's state championship match to Hoxle Derek Jones, the Norton sophomore was a man on a mission this year. Mission accomplished. Johnson rolled up a 28-2 record this year, including a 19-match win streak to cap the year, as he won the 3- 2-1A state championship. He defeated Ellsworth's Travis Martin 5-3 for the championship, concluding a season where he recorded 78 takedowns while giving up just four and two against 130- pound wrestlers. • Career highlights — "My highlight was winning the state title. By finishing first I accomplished one of my all-time goals. Also giving up two takedowns this year at my weight class was a good achievement." • Role models — "I always think of Jeff Boyle's work ethic on the mat and in the weight room." • Accomplishments most proud of — "Being on the honor roll every year." • Hobbles — "My hobbies include wakeboarding, jet skiing and hunting." • Coach's comments — From Bill Johnson; "Eric is a very gifted athlete that also has very good wrestling technique. His biggest assets are his quickness, agility and wrestling knowledge. I was very proud of the way he handled the stress of the title chase down the stretch." 135 MATT MURRAY • COLBY Matt Murray culminated his career in style. He helped the Eagles to their first state title since 1958 and then capped his own personal season with a second Class 4A championship. JOHNSON ALL-AREA WRESTUNB Z001 SECOND TEAM wt. Wrestler, School Yr. Record State 103 -Brett MoChedhey, Norton - Jr. 29-2 2nd 112 Eric Luedke, Colby So. 32-4 2nd 119 J.B. Harding, Norton Sr. 29-1 • 2nd 125 Nick Johnson, Minneapolis Jr. 30-2 1st 130 Travis Martin, Ellsworth Jr. 36-3 .2hd 135 Shawn Drennan, Minneapolis So. 29-2 2nd 140 Trent Baker, Hoxle Sr. 32-5 1st 145 Jake Gardner, Lincoln Jr. 31-1 2nd 152 Blake Pllkington, Oakley Jr. 24-6 1st 160 Sean O'Brian, Oakley Jr. 25-10 2nd 171 . Damien Stephens Sr. 26-10 3rd 189 Casey Engelbert, Beloit Sr. 33-2 2nd 215 Logan Prideaux, Atwood Sr. 22-4 3rd 275 J.J. Shields, McPherson Sr. 29-4 1st HONORABLE MENTION 103 — Charlie Ochs, Hoxle; Bill Brumbaugh, Phillipsburg; Blayze Bahe, Goodland; Chris Curl, McPherson. 112 — Jared Portenier, Hill City; Tyrel Spillman, Hoxle; Luke Geske, Abilene; Lucas Zouzas, Salina South; Paul Ferrell, McPherson. 119 — Cliance Harman, Oberlin; Greg Smitti, Concordia; Trevor Charbonneau; Danny Malnus, Colby. 125 — Jason Schlppers, Hoxle; Tucker Reuber, Atwood; Kalvin Wood, Phillipsburg; Justin Brown, Norton; Matt Coleman, Oberlin; Jason Zey, Abilene; Jordan Close; Eric Montoy, Salina Central. 130 — Jeremy Morris, Belolt; Jake Mllhon, Russell; Matt Schippers, Hoxle; Bryce Bahe, Goodland; Austin Pruser, Clay Center; Jesse Fleenor, Hays. 135 — Bryan Miller, Oberlin; Daniel Dinkel, Ellis; Lewis Settle, McPherson. 140 — Shad Allen, Smith Center; Casey Driscoll, Russell; Luke Wise, Plainville; Brooks WederskI, Colby. 145 — Cole Fredrlckson, Plainville; Ryan Zweygardt, St. Francis; Kris Wendell, Beloit. 152 — Kevin Hadley, Phillipsburg; Tim Sprigg, Norton; Heath Beesley, Quinter; Jeremy Abell, Lincoln; Billy Upham, Chapman; Zach Luedke, Colby. 160 — Jon Haussermann, Norton; Jeremiah Wiley, St. Francis; Jake Schenk, Smith Center; Kyle Shannon, Clay Center; Dusty Brake, Salina Central. 171 — Aaron Bedore, Stockton; Frankie Hutchinson, Salina Central. 189 — Jesse Dinkel, Russell; Jason Stahl, Plainville; Stean Olson, Oberlin; Chad Look, Stockton; Cody Knudson, Chapman; Bo Kleinsorge; Nathan Reagan, McPherson. 215 — Neil Brown, Oakley; J.P. Rice, Phillipsburg; Adam Smith, Colby. 275 — Sam Schlppers, Hoxle; Tyler Muir, Stockton; Justin Finley, Colby; Chuck Delimont, Norton. MURRAY A year ago, Murray was tough when he posted a 32-2 record and won the 125-pound title. But this year he was unstoppable as he went 36-0, recorded . 65 takedowns and gave up just five and put the finishing touches on a career which Included four- state tournament appearances, a third- place finish in 1999 and two back-to- back titles. > Career highlights — "My senior year when not only did I get to celebrate an individual state championship, but also a team championship. Also my junior year when I won my first high school state championship." • Role models — "My father. He taught me many important things in life. He taught me to be a hard worker and to never give up on your goals." • Accomplishments most proud of — "Maintaining a 3.96 GPA and making National Honor Society. Being nominated as a Governor Scholar." • Hobbles — "Playing tennis (and) motorcross racing." • Future Plans —- "My plans are to attend a college, which one is still undecided, and major in architectural engineering. I will wrestle in college." • Coach's comments — From Mitch Beims: "He Is a very physically strong wrestler, but was even tougher mentally He set out to go undefeated and win his second state title and he did it. He made sure of it during practices and in the offseason. He dominated opponents all year," 140 CHRISTIAN ALT • ABILENE His senior season didn't exactly end the way he had envisioned, but it did little to dim the luster on everything Christian Alt accomplished this season and during his career at Abilene. Alt, a repeat selection on this year's all-area squad, posted a 35-1 record with his only loss coming in the semifinals of the state tournament to Wamego's Steven Kern. The loss to Kern snapped a 67- match winning streak, which Included a state championship last year. His victory this year over Hoxie's Trent Baker, the 3- 2-1A state champion, which gave Alt the all-area nod. • Career highlights — "One of the best highlights was the Abilene vs. Clay Center dual where I got a pin and my teammates pulled together to beat Clay Center." • Role models — "I look up to Dustin Tovar. He encouraged me to go to camps and was the best practice partner I ever had. Each year he would make me a better wrestler," CAMPBELL • Accomplishments most proud of — "I won an art award once. Besides that, I am proud of my grades and work ethic." • Hobbles — "I enjoy golfing and hanging out with friends." • Future Plans — "I will probably attend Nebraska-Omaha and study health exercise while wrestling for Nebraska-Omaha. • Coach's comments — From Bill Christner: "Chris has had a burning desire to learn. He wants to learn whatever he can to help him be a better wrestler. He has attended camps all over and spends a lot of free time in the wrestling room. In the last two years he has given up just two takedowns, but In the last four years he has totaled 427." 145 DYLAN CAMPBELL • OAKLEY Dylan Campbell capped off his prep career with a stellar 32-1 record and his second state championship — one accomplished in dominating fashion. Going up against the best wrestlers the state had to offer in his class, Campbell outscored his four opponents in the state tournament 50-3, with the three points he allowed coming In his 11-3 victory over Lincoln's Jake Gardner in the finals. Campbell posted a 103-23 career record and was a four-time state qualifier. He won the 112-pound title as a sophomore before finishing fourth at 135 a year ago. • Career highlights — "I think the highlights of my wrestling career were the regional finals and state finals my sophomore year in which I wrestled Shawn O'Tool and Travis Martin. And the state finals against (Jake) Gardner this year. Also being named the 3-2-1A wrestler of the year this year was pretty exciting." • Role models — 'The two people who are role models to me are: No. 1 my dad. He knows what it takes to be successful in wrestling and has taught me how to become successful since I was five years old. He understands how miserable cutting weight can be and Is always there to assure me that eventually it will pay off. No. 2 is my friend Jack Dennis because he is a great wrestler and a great friend and has taught me a lot in the last couple of years." • Hobbles — "Fishing, golf, hanging out with friends," • Future Plans — "I'm planning to go to Colby next year and hopefully wrestle there for a while." • Coach's comments — From Dale Samuelson: "He Is tough mentally and physically, works extremely hard in practice and keeps working when everyone else quits for the day "He wrestled tough all season long. He lost his only match of the season at the Hoxie tournament to (Trent) Baker. It was a controversial situation and I think Dylan came out of that defeat with a positive attitude. He wasn't denied the rest of the season." 152 SHELDON PFIZENMAIER • CLAY CENTER Losing a match sometimes has a way of refoousing an athlete. Such was the case for Sheldon Pflzenmaier this season. Midway through this season, Pflzenmaier took on Manhattan's Nathan Wolfe and lost a match in which he didn't believe he wrestled his best. It served as a wake- up call for the Clay Center senior as he reasserted himself and didn't lose again. Pflzenmaier, who also was an all-area football selection, finished the season with a 30-6 record and knocked off Chapman's Billy Upham for the Class 4A state title. He finishes his career with a 101-38 mark for the Tigers. • Career highlights — 'The most exciting and memorable event in my high school career was probably when I finished off my high school career with a state championship." • Role models — "In wrestling it would have to be my brother, I always looked up to him and wanted to be as good as him," • Accomplishments most proud of — "I am proud of my grades in school and my hard work." • Hobbies — "I love the outdoors and ijoy fishing, hunting and motorcycle PFIZENMAIER enj ridi ing." ROTHCHILD «Future Plans — "I plan on attending Manhattan Area Technical College in the Construction Area. I will probably wrestle some freestyle this summer." • Coach's comments — From Dennis Charbonneau: "Sheldon was a tough wrestler because of his excellent work ethic and attitude. He set his goals and worked very hard to achieve them." 160 MARCUS ROTHCHILD • ABILENE Marcus Rothchild Is a wrestler that bucks the trend that you have to be good on your feet to compete for state championships. Rothchild had just 25 takedowns this season for the Cowboys, but he rarely needed them. Rothchild, who finished the season with a 29-7 record and finished second in the Class 4A tournament, made his mark with the ability to turn opponents from almost any position on the mat. • Career highlights — "Making the state finals my senior year was by far the biggest highlight of my career. It is really cool to be able to say I made it that far and I wouldn't trade it for anything." • Role models — "I think my stepfather (Kirk Gable) Is the reason that I wrestle now. He is the head coach of the Abilene Kids Wrestling Club and he has really helped me a lot." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I placed third in state forensics as a sophomore in duet acting, I was voted Cowboy Joe at Abilene High School and I also earned the title of Mr. Legs after raising the most money in a fund-raiser for our school newspaper. • Hobbles — "I enjoy all types of sports. I also have had lead parts in plays and musicals all four years of high school," • Future Plans — "I plan to attend Kansas State University in the fall, I am undecided on my major right now and I am not planning on wrestling in college." • Coach's comments — From Bill Christner: "Although he didn't get a lot of takedowns we were confident just so long as he wasn't behind at the end of the first period." 171 JACOB STRAIT • CONCORDIA Doug Moore had known for a while that Jacob Strait would be a solid wrestler for his Concordia Panther squad. He just wasn't sure that it would come so soon for a sophomore competing in a W\, .Jl^^M weight class ^ . --TO*.* dominated by underclassmen. Strait not only won state but did it dominating fashion with a pair of pins and a major decision at the state tournament. He pinned Osawatomie's Justin Browning in the second period to cap a 25-4 season with his first state title. • Career highlights — "Winning the state championship this season as a sophomore was the highlignt of my wrestling career so far. I don't plan on this year being the last year to win a state title. • Role models — "John Hake is my role model. He always strives to be the best, so I guess I learned that characteristic from him. • Accomplishments most proud of — "Athletics play a major role In my life, but grades are very important to me. Also being 2000 state champs in K-18 STRAIT FLENTHROPE baseball playing for the Red Sox." • Hobbles — "I like spending time with family, friends and Kleli. I also listen to music and watch movies." • Coach's comments — From Doug Moore: "The competition at 171 is always tough, but 1 would say having to wrestle (assistant) Coach Sprague on a daily basis toughened him up the most. "Because Jacob is only a sophomore I wasn't sure how he would do against Damien Stephens from Colby, who was a senior. After that I knew he had a shot to win it all." 189 CHRIS FLENTHROPE • SALINA CENTRAL Just two years after battling through a 19-21 season as a freshman, Chris Flenthrope is a state champion. The junior at Salina Central lost just one match ail season for the Mustangs, posting a 25-1 record with 50 takedowns and 10 victories by pin en route to winning the Class 5A state crown. He has built a 608 record over the past two seasons and needs just 21 victories next season to reach the 100-win plateau for his career. • Career highlights — "Winning state and being able to wrestle and learn so much from Dusty Brake, Frankie Hutchinson and Coach (Shannon) Peters," • Role models — 'There is more than just one person, I have many role models when it comes to wrestling.Those are my teammates and coaches." • Accomplishments most proud of — "My school accomplishments, such as honor roll." • Hobbles — "I really enjoy going fishing and working out." • Coach's comments — From Shannon Peters: "Chris is an athlete that has utilized his time extremely well, both in season and out of season. He understands the need to be prepared before each match. His greatest attribute is his work ethic. He has a tremendous dedication and desire tor the sport of wrestling. "Chris wrestled like a champion from the get-go." 215 TJ. STAAB • PLAINVILLE T.J. Staab is a member of the Journal's All-Area team for the second straight year after posting a 28-2 record this season and capturing second place in the Class 3-2-1A state tournament. He is a three-time state qualifier, finishing second each of the past two years and has already rolled up an 85-15 record with one year remaining. • Career highlights — "Being a state qualifier as a freshman and second in state each of the past two years. Being Mid-Continent League champion as a freshman, sophomore and junior," • Role models — "I have two role models — my brother Scott and my Dad, They were both great athletes in high school and my goal is to be as good as what they were. They have both helped me throughout my high school career. Also, Coach Fredrickson has helped me achieve my goals and has taught me true sportsmanship and respect in wrestling." • Accomplishments most proud of — "I am an honor roll student." • Hobbies — "Hunting and fishing with Uncle Dave, my brother and dad. Spending time with my family and friends." • Coach's comments — From Brad Fredrickson: 'T.J. is a talented athlete with an excellent attitude and work ethic. He wrestled well all year." 275 ANDREW UBBEN •PHILLIPSBURG All-Area teams and Andrew Ubben are starting to go hand-in-hand, Ubben, a junior at Phillipsburg is making his third appearance on a Salina Journal All- Area team, just one shy of the most ever by a male athlete. He was named to the Journal's All-Area football team this past fall and is a repeat selection as UBBEN an All-Area wrestler after posting a 31-1 record this season and earning his second straight state title. • Career highlights — "Being ranked seventh nationally as a junior. Winning the state tournament twice; winning little Kids the past three years; getting all-area wrestler twice, • Role models — "I use my dad because he had a high impact on my life as a whole." • Hobbles — "An avid hunter and fisherman." • Coach's comments — From Chad Fuller: "Andrew has a work ethic second to none. He strives to be the best he can be and will always put forth the extra effort." STAAB Colb/s Beims turns 'gift' into state championship First-year Eagles' coach factors team's success to wrestling in tough NWKL By CHRISTIAN D ORR The Salina Journal Mitch Beims knew he was walking into a pretty sweet situation as the new head coach of the Colby Eagles. It was one packed full of potential, but chalked full of some high pressure as well. Beims took over a Colby team that was the preseason favorite to win the Class 4A state championship and the new head coach helped the Eagles live up to that potential guiding them to their first title since 1958. "This team was a gift," said Beims, the 2001 Salina Journal wrestling Coach of the Year. "It was really built way back when a lot of parents were BEIMS coaching their kids when they were five, six and seven years old. This was the year. This is what they had hoped for all those years when they went to all those Kids tournaments spent all those Saturdays with their kids. It was just a good time for me to come along." It is the second straight year that a first-year head coach has been named Coach of the Year and the first time a former all-area wrestler has won the award. A year ago Goodland's Chris Guillot was Coach of the Year after guiding the Cowboys to the 4A state title in his first year at the helm. Under Beims, the Eagles went undefeated' in Northwest Kansas League duals to win their first league title since 1958 and then won the league tournament in what many considered the toughest wrestling league in the state, regardless of classification. "That was a big confidence boost," Beims said. "Colby had not won a state title since 1958, they had not won a league title since 1958. 'When we went undefeated in duals, that was huge for us. We had to overcome a lot this year. That league is tough, I figured it up and we beat six teams in duals this year that finished in the top 10 at state and a lot of that has to do with the league we are in." But once postseason began Colby had to deal with a Scott City team which had beaten them in a dual during the regular season, as well as in tournament competition. "When we went to Scott City for re- gionals we knew they were going to be tough to beat," Beims said. "But we just told the kids to go in there and not look at the team score. We just wanted to concern ourselves with getting kids through to state and then worry about the team score the following week." That philosophy paid off for the Eagles. Scott City did prove to be too tough to beat at regionals, but it was the Eagles who actually gained the most from the regional as they qualified 12 wrestlers for state and Scott City 11. "The regional title actually came down to the wire," Beims said. "But they had four guys that pinned their way through the finals and we just couldn't make up those pin points. That is where they won regionals." They were pin points that Scott City couldn't duplicate in the state tournament, opening the door for the Eagles and they gladly flew in. Colby placed nine of the 12 wrestlers they took to state, including seven wrestlers which came through the backside on Saturday when the Eagles wrapped up the title. "Anytime you have a season like this you have to have so many little things go your way," Beims said. "You look back on it and you think, 'If that one little thing didn't happen then we wouldn't have won state.' Things like Damien Stephens getting upset in the semifinals of the state tournament. It was an upset that turned into a blessing in disguise as Stephens responded by pinning both of his opponents on the backside and ultimately scored more points for the team than he would have by making it to the finals. Or Bo Kleinsorge, who was just 5-11 last year, but not only qualified for state, but earned a fifth-place finish. "There were just so many unbelie- veable things," Beims said. "So many unbelievable performances."
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