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Larned's Fischer, Cardinals' Ball win state titles
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Larned Indian Luke Fischer is a back-to-back state wrestling champion, - photo by Janet Fleske Special to the Tribune

Indian, Cardinal win state titles


SALINA  — Larned's No. 1 Luke Fischer (46-0, 215) and Hoisington's No. 1 ranked Josiah Ball (23-1, 138) captured 3-1A state wrestling championships.

Two-time state champion Fischer rolled past Rossville's unranked Barret Lietz 15-0.

Ball outscored Oberlin's No. 2 ranked Lukas Zodrow 9-1 in the championship match.

Fischer pinned Pittsburg Colgan's Dalton Schleif (0:30) and Smith Center's No. 3 ranked Eli Franklin (3:00) and Atchison County's Vincent Webb (2:51) to advance to the finals.

Fischer (40-3, 190) edged Norton's Garrett Urban 3-2 in the 2023 state championship match.

Ball pinned McLouth's Justin Patz (0:33), Cimarron's McCoy Nash (0:50) and Phillipsburg's Blake Buresh (1:33) to qualify for the finals. 

Josiah Ball (30-5, 132) lost 2-1 in the 2023 state championship to Hoxie's Carson Ochs (38-0). Ochs also captured Saturday's 132-pound championship. State runner-up Ochs (126) beat Ball on an injury in the 2022 quarterfinals.

Ball became the fourth state champion for the Ball family. Brandon Ball won four titles, Christopher Ball won three and Joshua Ball won a wrestling championship.

Hoisington's No. 5 Teron Kraft (43-8, 175) lost to Russell's Brayden Suchy (1:50) for third place.

Layton Hoffman (21-13, 285) lost an interesting third-round matchup against Nemaha Central's Holden Bass (1:12) after they played in

the 2A state football championship.


1—Hoxie 169.5; 2—Norton 107; 3—Sabetha 96.5; 4—Phillipsburg 92;  5—Effingham 83; 6—Russell 65.5; 7—Nemaha Central 63; 8—Mineapolis 62; 9—Smith Center 61; 10—Hill City 56; 11—Hoisington 54; 15—Larned 36.5


126—Jhadyn Turner (24-11); Turner pinned Ellis, Caney, 4:57; Weigel, Norton def. Turner, 5-0; DeDonder, NH def. Turner, 3-2

138—No. 1 Josiah Ball (23-1); 1ST—Ball def. No. 2 Lukas Zodrow, Oberlin, 9-1; Ball pinned Justin Patz, McLouth, 033; Ball pinned McCoy Nash, Cimarron, 0:50; Ball vs. Blake Buresh, Phillipsburg, 1:33

150—Micheal Hipp (23-10); No. 5 Keeten, Phillipsburg pinned Hipp, 2:30; Hutchinson, SC pinned Hipp, 4:59

157—Taylen Morales (19-15); No. 3 Bell, Hoxie pinned Morales, 3:41; Ewert, PR pinned Morales, 4:14

165—Alex Mater (25-18); No. 1 Koop, West Elk pinned Mater, 1:06; Crossland, CC pinned Mater, 12-2

175—No. 5 Teron Kraft (43-8); 3RD—Suchy, Russell pinned Kraft, 1:50; Kraft def. Easley, Burden, 3-1; No. 1 Aiden Amrein, HC def. Kraft, 8-2; Kraft pinned Schreiner, Kingman, 2:55; Kraft def. Meitl, Phillipsburg, 4-2 (OT); Kraft def. Webb, Atchison County, 3-1

190—Ian Smith (28-9); Smith def. Bliss, Trego, 3-1; No. 4 Cauthers, Chase County def. Smith, 6-1; Smith def. Haney, Larned, 6-1; Rokey, Sabetha pinned Smith, 2:38

215—Colin Mater (26-20); Webb, Atchison Co. pinned Mater;  Goodner, Humboldt def. Mater, 5-3

285—Layton Hoffman (21-13); No. 5 Ziegler, Council Grove pinned Hoffman, 1:44; Hoffman pinned Couey, Bluestem, 1:00; Bass, Nemaha Central pinned Hoffman, 1:12


106—No. 1 Jai-Sean Phillips (28-6); Phillips pinned Jacobs, Sabetha, 3:49; No. 1 Tate Blackwill, Quinter pinned Phillips, 1:34; Good, Caney Valley def. Phillips, injury

190—Landon Haney (25-19); No. 6 Franklin, Smith Center def. Haney, 14-0; Haney pinned Bruggman, Cherryvale, 3:58; Smith, Hoisington def. Haney, 6-1

215—No. 1 Luke Fischer (46-0); 1ST—Fischer def. Barret Lietz, Rossville, 15-0; Fischer pinned Schleif, Pittsburg Colgan, 0:30; Fischer pinned. No. 3 Franklin, SC, 3:00; Fischer pinned Vincent Webb, Atchison Co. 2:51


285—Jonathon Mason (25-13); Bass, Nemaha Central pinned Mason, 2:00; Mason pinned Metcalf, West Elk, 0:15; Mason def. Ziegler, Council Grove, injury; Chambers, SE pinned Mason, 4:29


190—Dylan Brozek (12-18); Watkins, Hoxie pinned Brozek, 0:41; Neal, Bluestem pinned Brozek, 0:44


150—Kristopher Monroe (37-11); Bailey, Tonganoxie pinned Monroe, 1:16; Monroe pinned Westervelt, Coffeyville, 4:35; Eck, Andale pinned Monroe, 3:53