Lancer grapplers notch regional win, qualify 14 wrestlers for state

The Lancers celebrating their regional title Saturday.

Spectators can expect to hear the words “Shawnee Mission East” coming through the PA system at the Wichita-Hartman Arena when state wrestling competition begins Saturday.

Because with a dominating series of performances that earned the team a regional title in competition at Lawrence Free State over the weekend, the Lancers had a wrestler qualify for the state tourney in each of 14 weight classes.

At the regional tournament, five SM East wrestlers won their weight classes: Barrett Cooper, sophomore, won the 113-pound class; Chris Rodriguez, junior, won the 120-pound class; Grant Hollingsworth, junior, won the 126-pound class; Chipper Jorns, senior, won the 132-pound class; and Jack Mitchell, senior, won the 152-pound class.