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Wyandotte County wrestlers qualify for state tourney

Wyandotte junior Yaseen Chapell, top, turned over Seaman junior Killian McDonald on his way to a pin in the first period of their 195-pound match. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Wrestlers from Schlagle, Turner, Washington, and Wyandotte high schools competed along with several other eastern Kansas schools in the 5A regional wrestling tournament held at Turner on Friday and Saturday.

Schlagle senior Tylen Wallace won the 285-pound weight class with pins in all four of his matches, each within less than two minutes.

Turner senior Matt Hook won the 170-pound weight class with three pins and one decision in his four victories.

Schlagle senior Mason Turner won the 126-pound weight class with three pins and one technical fall, that is, a match stopped early because of a 15-point differential.

Mill Valley High School won the team championship, with Blue Valley Southwest in second, and Topeka’s Shawnee Heights in third.

Local athletes who placed in the top eight in their weight classes, making them eligible for the state tournament next weekend in Park City, Kan., near Wichita, included:

106 pounds: Nicky Gutierrez, Turner, 5th; Daylen Borisouth, Schlagle, 6th
113 pounds: Jonah Andrews, Schlagle, 3rd
120 pounds: Bobby Primers, Schlagle, 4th; Byron Kirkwood, Turner, 6th
126 pounds: Mason Turner, Schlagle, 1st
138 pounds: Jaylaan Castro, Wyandotte, 8th
160 pounds: Phoenix Downs, Schlagle, 3rd
170 pounds: Matthew Hook, Turner, 1st
182 pounds: Ricardo Yanez, Turner, 2nd
195 pounds: Cameron Bates, Turner, 2nd; Yaseen Chapell, Wyandotte, 8th
220 pounds: Jordan Goff, Turner, 3rd; Paul Beasley, Schlagle, 4th; Roberto Nieves, Wyandotte, 8th
285 pounds: Tylen Wallace, Schlagle, 1st; Joseph Castle, Turner, 4th

Schlagle senior Tylen Wallace, left, wrestled Lansing junior Braiden McKee in the championship match of the 285-pound weight class. Wallace won the match on a pin in the first period. (Photo by Whitney Parks)

State qualifiers in the 285-pound weight class posed after the tournament. (Photo by Whitney Parks)

Phoenix Downs, right, tried to pull down Lansing freshman Dylan Ward in the 160-pound match. Downs won the match on points, 8-4. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle senior Mason Turner, top, wrestled St. Thomas Aquinas freshman Jared Simma in the championship match of the 126-pound weight class. Turner won that match on a pin in the second period. (Photo by Whitney Parks)

State qualifiers in the 126-pound weight class posed after the tournament. (Photo by Whitney Parks)

Schlagle sophomore Phoenix Downs, left, defeated Highland Park senior Xavaire Hampton on a pin only 46 seconds into their match in the 160-pound weight class. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle junior Paul Beasley broke free from the grasp of Leavenworth senior Etena Tuivati in their 220-pound match. Beasley won the match on points, 5-2. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle sophomore Daylen Borisouth, left, rushed the legs of Turner freshman Nicky Gutierrez in their 106-pound match. Gutierrez won the match on points in extra time. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Turner sophomore Joseph Castle, left, faced off with St. James Academy freshman Harry Spencer in their 285-pound match. Castle won the match on points, 3-0. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)


Police investigate homicide and 7 other shootings in 1600 block of Minnesota

Kansas City, Kansas, police are investigating a homicide at 11:45 p.m. Feb. 17 in the 1600 block of Minnesota Avenue.

A police spokesman said a preliminary investigation revealed a disturbance happened inside the building, and eight people who were there suffered gunshot wounds.

One of the victims, a male in his 20s, died later at a hospital as a result of his injuries, police said.

The other victims were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.


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The 57th annual Greater Kansas City Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Kansas City Downtown Convention Center Ballroom, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo. The guest speaker at the breakfast will be Lamar Hunt Jr., owner of the Kansas City Mavericks hockey team. The breakfast is co-sponsored by more than 30 area mayors. This year the breakfast will benefit the nonprofit Sheffield Place of Kansas City, which helps homeless mothers and their children become more self-sufficient. Tickets are $50 each, with online payment available. Tickets and reservations are available at or call 816-863-0992.

A Gospel Non-violence Study Group will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Peg Burns Kerbawy, developer of “Our Golden Thread, Gospel Nonviolence Curriculum Materials.” For more information or registration, call 913-906-8990.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will observe the first Sunday in Lent at 10 a.m. Feb. 18.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule a donation, visit or call 816-753-4040.

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