The Greenback wrestlers had a very solid tournament this weekend, competing without Mitchell Baird, sr., Weston Riner, sr., and Cooper Crump, jr.. Our wrestlers have made a lot of progress in one week.
Our most skilled wrestlers are wrestling very well in the most challenging matches, and our team, in general, is making progress every week by doing one or two things that we have worked on, adjusted, or even shown the very first time in their actual matches.
We just keep moving forward through improvement of technique and by outworking our opponents in the practice room and on the mat.
106 Trae Foreman, jr., (6-3) went 3-2 on the day and placed 4th…losing a great match in the cons. finals to #1 6A ranked Braden Dipman of Derby. The match was 2-3 with 10 seconds left and Trae got turned to make the final 2-6. It was very close-he lost to the #1 in 4A today and #1 in 6A and looked like a state placer in every aspect out there.
113 Cesar Regalado, jr., (6-2) only had 2 matches today and he placed 2nd. Cesar received byes into the semifinal round where he dominated the #3 in 5A, Khamin Crow of Topeka Seaman for a major decision, 13-4. Cesar looked sharp the entire match. Cesar went on to face the #4 in 6A ranked Cody McDonald of Derby. Cesar got down early and battled back to within two and completed a marvelous Robles tilt which the referee didn’t see transpiring until McDonald had rolled through, which would have tied the match and Cesar let McDonald go right at the end of the third period to give McDonald the 3 point victory, 8-11, in a very close and exciting match.
120 Dalton Prosser, fr., (5-5) Dalton came out strong and confident, pinning his first two opponents from Derby and Rose Hill before meeting the #1 All-Class ranked Zac Gentzler of Andover Central. Dalton was beaten by a technical fall 4-20. Dalton injury defaulted his final match to finish 2-2 on the day.
126 Gabriel McAbee, so., drew the first seed, defending 5A State Runner-up from Great Bend, Chris Burley, for his first match and was defeated by fall. Gabriel’s second match was a loss to Dakota Ford of Wichita North.
132 Hudson Swift, so., (3-5) had a rough day, losing to two seniors by fall. In those matches, though, Hudson clearly attempted our takedown setups and is very much on track with what we have been teaching.
138 Joshua Ash, so., (3-7) Josh went 2-2 on the day and looked tough. Josh’s most important win was an overtime match against an upcoming Regional opponent from Rose Hill, Kyle Loecke, in a 10-8 victory that pitted Josh against the eventual 3rd place winner, Garrett McEachern, of Newton where he lost by fall.
Page 2 of 2 - 160 Taylor White, jr., was 0-2 on the day, losing to the eventual champion, Quentin Spainhower, of Augusta before losing a heartbreaker to Clint Gordon of Derby, 1-3. Taylor is doing a lot of good things right now and has made vast improvements over last year.
220 Austin Gates, sr., (6-3) went 3-0 on the day, winning the Goodwill championship bracket. Austin started the day by defeating Derby’s, Matt Kissinger--#3 in 6A—by fall. He stole the #2 seed on the bracket in that match. Next, Austin wrestled a marathon match with a lot of scrambles for position and out of bad situations for a tough one-point victory over Topeka Seaman’s #6 ranked wrestler in 5A, Nathan Stanley, 1-0 to land in the championship match.
Austin really rose to the occasion in a rematch from our Newton dual earlier in the season against Raymond Gallegos (#3 in 5A) where he lost 2-4. This time, Austin started out with a quick overshuck takedown and he just managed the match from there in a very intelligently managed affair. Beating 3 ranked opponents in a row is a championship well-earned and Austin is back where we expected him to be from the get-go this season.