The Pratt High School Wrestling Team used the Bishop Carroll tournament to see if we had made our goal of sufficient progress for the first half of the season.

The Pratt High School Wrestling Team used the Bishop Carroll tournament to see if we had made our goal of sufficient progress for the first half of the season.
 Because of our schedule, many of our younger guys have losing records, so they get fed into the best wrestlers as their 1st match, so we know there is no easy go for those guys in any tournament.  
Win or lose, we were tracking our wrestlers technique, positioning and implementation of what we have been working on in match situations.  
The grapplers definitely hit those marks and are on track to begin showing what the 2nd half of the season will look like beginning with our 1st dual back against Dodge City in January.
106  Trae’ Foreman, jr.,  had an excellent day in his 1st tournament championship run in his short wrestling career.  Trae’ was 4-0 on the day , winning an exciting championship match in ultimate overtime, or the 4th overtime period, over Desmond Martinez of Wichita Heights.  This is the beginning for Trae’ and now that he has a tournament championship, he has completed one of a series of short-term goals for the year.  Trae’ wrestled very well today and the best is yet to come.
113 Cesar Regalado out with flu.
120 Gabe McAbee, so.,  wrestled 120 for the 1st time and was drawn in to the #1 seed and he lost his next match against the 3rd place finisher from Wichita NW.  Gabe wrestled well, stayed in good position and is doing what we expect of him.  
126 Cody Hoy, so.,  wrestled his first varsity tournament for us and lost by fall to the #1 seed , Weil of Dodge city before wrestling a good tough match against Blaise Albers of Salina South, losing 0-5.  It was a good first experience for Cody and he improves every time out.
132 Hudson Swift, so., lost his 1st match to the eventual champion, Trevor Smith of Winfield by fall.  Hudson won his 2nd match before losing to Forrester of Dodge City by fall.  Hudson is far ahead of where he was this time last year and has made huge leaps since the beginning of the season.  By the time we get to league, Hudson will be a whole different wrestler.     
138 Joshua Ash. So., had a bye the 1st round, losing to Parker Forlanda of Wichita Heights by fall.  Joshua lost his next match to Josh Rodriguez of Mulvane 3-12.  Joshua is a small 138, but he battles hard and has improved in several areas.  We can always count on Joshua to battle every second of every match.
152 Mitchell Baird, sr., started the tournament out with a bye followed by a pin of Trenton Autrey of Wichita Heights.  Mitchell’s 2nd match was intense. He matched up against Halstead’s #2 state ranked 160 lb. wrestler that moved down to 152 for the 1st time this year.  The match was very closely contested and took a lot out of both young men, with Mitchell loing 5-8.  Mitchell followed that match up with a very close match against Bishop Carroll’s Devin Moore 3-4.  We were about to score on an arm spin when the Bishop Carroll wrestler cried out, stopping the match before Mitch could complete his takedown.  That hurt us a bit, but Mitch knows that sometimes we have to overcome those situations and score again.  Mitchell had a good day of wrestling and is more than ready for the 2nd half of the season.  He will prove himself right when we get back from break and there will be no doubt about where he will be.
160 Taylor White, jr.,  had a very good day of wrestling, making improvements in various aspects of his overall match plan.  Taylor looked very sharp on his feet and pushed and even made improvements during the tournament day.  Taylor lost his 1st match to Haydon Mock of Newton by fall before reeling off 2 wins against Ian Hannigan of Wichita North and Tim Grammon of Winfield 8-3 and 7-2.  Taylor met Mock again in the consolation semifinals, this time working his way to 9-15 loss where he closed the gap considerably from the 1st round matchup against the eventual 3rd place finisher.  Taylor is looking more and more confident and with good reason as his technique is sound and his execution has vastly improved.  We are looking forward to the 2nd half of the season with Taylor.
170 Weston Riner, sr., had his breakout day today.  Weston started his day with a very close match with the #3 ranked 5A wrestler from Newton, Jared Langley, losing that match 0-3.  Weston went on to win his next four matches, placing 3rd on the day.  The wins included a pin against Brandon Kohl of Wichita North, a 6-1 decision over Tanner Barnett of Salina South, a 7-6 decision of Jose Guadarrama of Wichita NW and a 3rd place pin over Christopher Dugan of Bishop Carroll.  Weston did a lot of things that we knew that he could, but just hadn’t come to fruition in a tournament yet.  This worked out perfectly for Weston as 4 wins in a day is very impressive, especially at the Bishop Carroll Tournament.  Weston will be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.      
220 Austin Gates, sr., had another very solid tournament for us today.  Austin started his day with a bye followed by a pin over Andale’s Trever Buckner.  This set up a tough semifinal for Austin against the #2 ranked 6A wrestler from Wichita North.  Austin was in the match the entire time, coming up just short in a close 4-9 decision.  Austin came right back with a pin over Alex Parker of Salina South before a rematch with Jordan Bell from a loss earlier in the season, 3-8, at the Pratt Tournament.  Austin has avenged his 1st tournament woes, following up with a championship at Douglass and a 12-2 decision over Jordan Bell at Bishop Carroll.  Austin wrestled exactly like we asked and it paid off big time for him.  
This was a perfect end to our day and the 1st half of our season.