The Pratt High Wrestling Team bounced back from a flat performance against Dodge City on Thursday in an inspired performance at the Maize Scramble Tournament.
The scramble format allows for more matches as there are generally 2 pools of 5 in each weight with a cross pool for placing.
The Greenbacks had 3 wrestlers in the finals, winning 2 championships to cap off a solid day with 7 placers in the top 5.
106 Trae’ Foreman, jr., 5-0, 1st. Trae’ had another solid day, going undefeated in five matches and dominating his way to the finals with 3 pins and a major decision. Trae’ wrestled a cautious match in the final, but led the entire match and looked like a seasoned veteran in only his second season of high school wrestling. Trae’ will need to make a few adjustments this week, but he is well on his way to a banner season. Trae’ is 17-3 on the season.
113 Cesar Regalado, jr., 4-0, 1st. Cesar had a pin, a tech fall and 2 major decisions, cruising to a championship in his 1st appearance since the Douglass Tournament, following a bout with the flu. Cesar is back to form and ready to make a push for a successful second half. Cesar is 10-2 on the season.
152 Mitchell Baird, sr., 4-1, 3rd. Mitchell had a very strong showing winning twice by pin and with a 5-1 decision before a 1-0 win for 3rd against Ryan Bellinger from Lawrence. Mitchell’s only loss on the day was to the #2 ranked 6A wrestler, Trenton Wilson of Liberal. This was a good tournament for Mitchell and he looks like he is on his way after an early setback the 1st week of the season.
132 Hudson Swift, so., 3-2 5th. Hudson had a good day with 2, 6-0 decisions and a major decision with losses to the #6 in 5A, Kevin Kissane of Maize South and Whitson of Emporia. Hudson is making improvements every week and his toughness is becoming a major asset for him now.
160 Taylor White 2-2, 5th. Taylor won his 2 matches by fall, losing to Moyer of Maize South and the #2 ranked 4A wrestler, Kyle Armstrong by fall. Taylor is gaining confidence every week and is having a solid 1st year on varsity in a brutal schedule.
170 Weston Riner, sr, 2-2, 5th. Weston is on his way to our goal for him as he has made improvements on his feet and in his mat wrestling that are helping him to develop into a very strong opponent for anyone he might face.
220 Austin Gates, sr., 3-1, 2nd. Austin pinned his way through his pool before meeting the #2 ranked 5A wrestler, Tyson Toelkes of Shawnee Heights by fall. Austin wrestled extremely tough throughout this tournament and up until the 2nd period was wrestling well with Toelkes, but Austin turned the wrong way and got caught in a position he could not recover from. Austin is wrestling the way we want him to and has left bad habits behind, which is very positive for him and he will be rewarded every week if he keeps this up.
Page 2 of 2 - 120 Gabe McAbee, 126 Cody Hoy, 138 Joshua Ash and 145 Devon Willard all wrestled well on the day. Each wrestler either had a solid win, or wrestled the way we asked them to which will bring more wins in the future. I am very proud of all of our wrestlers performances. If they keep buying in to our adjustments and using our existing arsenal, we will continue to be a team to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.
The PHS wrestlers are in the part of the season where their schedule consists of weekend events away.
The Greenback grapplers next hit the mats Saturday January 12 when they travel to Clearwater to wrestle in a tournament there, to be followed by a tourney at Holton Jan. 19.