The Greenback Wrestling Team once again performed well this weekend at the Holton Sadowski Tournament.
The Greenbacks ended up with 6 placers on the day out of the 11 wrestlers we brought to the tournament. The Greenbacks that placed all finished 1st-4th. We had two finalists in Cesar Regalado, and Trae’ Foreman, juniors. Both Greenbacks won their finals matches in convincing fashion and their teammates all followed suit in their own placing matches.
Shawnee Heights won the 16 team meet with 223 points. Pratt was 5th with 121.5. On the way to their 5th place finish, the Greenbacks surpassed #6 in 6A Gardner Edgerton and were 2 points shy—equivalent of one pin in a tournament—of #7 in 4A, Tonganoxie. The Greenback grapplers proved themselves worthy of their #10 ranking in 4A and still have 2 starters to get back in the lineup in the next several weeks.
106 Trae’ Foreman, jr., 2-0 1st. Trae’ received a bye in the first round, followed by a masterfully managed 3-2 decision over the #6 in 6A, Jacob Bonham of Gardner Edgerton. Trae’ has now defeated the #’s 4, 5 and 6 wrestlers in 6A on the year. The best match of the tournament, though, hands down, was Trae’s finals match against the #5 in 4A, Dakota Rodd of Andover Central. Trae’ was down 1-0 in a tightly contested matchup, with 30 seconds remaining, Trae’ snapped a standing cradle and pinned his opponent to put an exclamation on his championship victory. Trae’ has now beaten the #’s 5 and 6 in 6A on the year as well, which is quite an accomplishment. Trae’ has now won 4 championships in a row and is 23-3 on the year!
113 Cesar Regalado, jr., 3-0, 1st. wrestled very well on the day. Cesar walked into the finals on a pin and a technical fall before meeting up with Justin Pool of Holton in the final. Cesar was in the lead the entire match and the result was never in question as he went on to win 9-4 for his 3rd championship and a 17-2 record on the year. Next week in Junction City, Cesar will be tested with 2 state champions in his bracket.
138 Brendan Pribil went 2-2 on the day with 2 falls. This is Brendan’s 1st event of the year and he is in dire need of mat time. He performed very well for his 1st time out, though, and we are proud of his progress.
152 Mitchell Baird, sr., 3-1, 3rd. After beating a salty Mason Baum of Holton, 7-0, Mitchell lost a tough 3-11 decision to the #6 in 4A, Asher Huseman of Tonganoxie. Mitchell went on in workmanlike fashion, defeating Jay Page of Andover Central and winning his third place match to round out a good day for Mitch. Mitch has consistently done well for us this year and is having a great senior season. Mitchell is now 17-8 on the year.
Page 2 of 2 - 160 Taylor White, jr., 2-2, 4th. Taylor received a bye the first round before defeating the #4 seed, Grant Schoonover from Andover Central by fall before losing to the # 1 seed. Taylor went on to defeat his next opponent from Wichita East, 5-1. Taylor lost his 3rd place match to Talin Golightly by fall. Taylor has improved in big jumps from week to week and is really understanding the intricacies of specific techniques that have become engrained as his bread and butter moves. Taylor is very coachable and it is paying off for him this year.
170 Weston Riner, sr., 4-1, 4th. Weston won his 1st match 8-4 before losing to the #1 All-Class wrestler, and tournament Outstanding Wrestler, Jared Johnson of Pleasant Ridge 2-18. Weston went on to win his next four matches before having to forfeit his 3rd place match due to the 5-match limit. The seeds in the tournament in various weight classes were not accurate as strength of schedule differs from team to team and this tournament software pushes byes to the top seeds, which guarantees that if you are not seeded properly, this kind of situation occurs. Nonetheless, Weston had another banner day and represented us well. His arsenal is really solid right now and he is beginning to master certain situational positions and Weston is beginning to get a feel for when an opponent makes a certain movement, how to take advantage of those movements with counter movements. Weston is 12-8 on the year.
220 Austin Gates, sr., 4-1, 3rd. Austin had another good outing, winning his 1st two matches before running in to #3 in 5A Tyson Toelkes of Shawnee Heights. Austin lost to Toelkes in his semifinal match by fall. Austin finished with a fall over Sprague of Gardner Edgerton, followed by a tough win over Tanner Foulk of Osawatomie 4-1 for the 3rd place finish. Austin has had a very strong showing every single week and he has several big wins against ranked opponents in every classification. This week was no different. Austin is 21-7 on the year.
Other wrestlers who competed with us in the Sadowski Tournament included: 120 Gabe McAbee, 126 Cody Hoy, so., 132 Hudson Swift, so. and 145 Devon Willard went 1-2 with one fall, getting valuable win and pin points for us on the day.