After starting flat on Thursday against Mulvane and bouncing back to give the #4 ranked Newton Railers all they wanted and more, including Devon Willard’s exhilarating pin of #3 ranked Garrett McEachern that really got our crowd rocking, the Greenback wrestlers were primed and ready to wrestle their home tournament on Saturday.
Preseason #6 in 6A Wichita NW, #3 in 4A Andale and #8 in 4A Buhler made the 47th Annual Pratt Tournament, a tournament of great matchups. In addition to the ranked teams, Pratt hosted perennial rivals Ulysses, Hugoton and a very tough Augusta squad to have yet another memorable home tournament.
Head coach Tate Thompson said, “Our wrestlers wrestled outstanding in spots and made some early season mistakes in other spots, but they are right where we want them to be at this point in the season.
It was good to see the marquee matchups develop as we had predicted they would and when we wrestle against the best, we know exactly where we stand and where we need to be by February.”
106 Trae’ Foreman, jr. was 2-1 on the day for 2nd place, beating the wrestler who defeated his preseason #5 in 6A ranked teammate for his slot on the team for the Pratt Tournament. After defeating said opponent, Justin Omwugbufom of Wichita Northwest 2-1, Trae got the matchup that would help him measure how far he has come and how far he needs to go to catch the returning State Runner-up, Jake Goldenstein of Augusta. Trae’ wrestled extremely well, eventually losing by fall at the end of the 2nd period.
113 Cesar Regalado, jr., went 2-1 on the day for 2nd place. Cesar, who is currently tranked #1 in 4A at 113 lbs., started the day with the momentum of his pin of the #6 ranked 4A wrestler, Levi Carver of Mulvane at our Thursday home dual. Cesar continued that trend today as he won by pin and major decision in order to earn the right to face defending 6A State Champion, Mikey Lindlar of Wichita Northwest. The match was very exciting as Lindlar went up early with a takedown and near fall to go up 5-0. Cesar battled back with an escape and takedown later in the match to get within three as Lindlar held on for the 6-3 win. Cesar is right there with Lindlar and Cesar will see him at least two more times before the year is up.
120 Dalton Prosser, fr., started his day off with a bang as he pinned Ralph Caggiano of Augusta before losing to Joey Alberts of Wichita NW and Andy Davis of Sublette. Dalton looked solid on the day and with a few minor adjustments, he will be on track for a very good freshman run.
Page 2 of 3 - “Dalton is always in every match and if you loosen up on him, he will pounce like a caged animal and end the match,” said C Thompson, “And as a coach that makes me very happy.”
126 Gabe McAbee, so. was 1-2 on the day with a pin of Sublette’s Laramie Mosley as the highlight of his day. Gabe is wrestling up at 126 since he lost his challenge match to Dalton at the Expo last Tuesday. Coach Thompson said, “Gabe came to us from Chaparral and is very easy to work with and coach. Gabe is quickly picking up what we do in Pratt and fits in very well with our team.”
132 Hudson Swift, so. was 2-1 on the day for 3rd place. Hudson had a personal best day in his short high school career. Hudson drew into the #1 seed, losing his 1st match to Dylan Beckner of WNW before winning his next two matches, taking 3rd on the day with a consolation pin over Larned’s Gage Studea ater a close consolation semifinal against Augusta’s Kalaeb Bratton 5-4. Hudson has made vast improvements since last season and is starting to reap the rewards of the hard work you have to put in to be a part of Pratt High School Wrestling.
138 Joshua Ash, so. placed 4th on the day after defeating Chaparral’s Major Weiss and losing to Joangel Cortez in his first match and consolation finals match. Josh is always tough and continued that trend at the home tournament. Josh has made a lot of adjustments since last season and should only get better as the season progresses.
145 Cooper Crump, jr. was 0-2 on the day, losing two close matches. Cooper took awhile to warm up and after losing his 1st match 0-4, Cooper sparked his old self around the 2nd period of his next match against Marcus Gaeddert of Buhler 7-9. Cooper had his opponent turned and was not awarded the 2 points that would have taken his match to OT, but Cooper is back and hungry to start winning again.
152 Mitchell Baird, sr. Mitchell pinned his first opponent Juan Anguiano of Ulysses before landing awkwardly against Zack Duwe of Chaparral and injury defaulting his remaining match to be safe and make sure he is healthy for the rest of the season. Losing Baird put a damper on PHS’ team score, but the decision was made to err on the side of caution.
160 Taylor White, jr. was 2-2 on the day for 4th place. Taylor lost his 1st match to eventual champion, #2 ranked 4A wrestler, Kyle Armstrong of Andale before reeling off 2 wins against Paul Hernandez of Ulysses by fall and Wichita Northwest’s Tyler Watson by a 5-2 decision before losing in the consolation finals match to Augusta’s Quentin Spainhower.
Page 3 of 3 - 182 Weston Riner, sr. was 0-2 on the day. Weston has still had limited practice time and is getting better week by week. This is his 2nd year as a wrestler and he is learning, but Pratt faces a tough schedule and on-the-job training can be tough. Coach Thompson felt it wouldn’t be long until Riner was clicking on all cylinders.
195 Chance Henke, so., lost two tough matches on the day and it will take him a while to find his groove as he has been away from wrestling for a year and is in his first year at PHS. Chance is coming back to wrestling in a difficult weight class and there is no easy go at 195.
220 Austin Gates, sr., won his first match easily before losing two tough matches in which Austin got caught making an old mistake and we will get that turned back around before next week.
Wichita NW won the 11 team event with 197 points. PHS finished in the middle of the pack, 6th with 79.