PHS wrestlers defeated Wellington 47-30 on Thursday

In an electric atmosphere at home Thursday, the Greenback wrestlers were played in by the Pride of South Central Kansas’ drum line and supported by PCC wrestlers wearing various singlets, along with a large home crowd that helped increase the intensity of an already intense group of young men. Brittnee Hill capped off the atmosphere with a beautiful performance of the National Anthem. Wellington came into the dual fresh off a second place finish at the El Dorado tournament last weekend. They would not have their way with the Greenbacks, however, as Pratt won 7 of the 9 matches that were contested. The Greenbacks started off the dual with a forfeit win for Nick Lucas, fr., After the forfeit, Trae’ showed that he is unselfish by bumping up a weight, thereby creating a spot for a freshman classmate, Brayan Balderrama so he could show what he could do on varsity. Balderrama did not disappoint, performing with great intensity in his 17-10 win. Trae’ bumped up to the next weight, not knowing there would be a forfeit in what would have been his last home match. Trae’s opponent did not make weight, however, and in a show of the future of Greenback wrestling, both of our tough kids-one the usual varsity at 126, Gabe McAbee and the other a very talented freshman, Brandon Guerra, wrestling jv on the night, beat the would-be varsity opponent for Trae’ before and after the dual in jv matchups. Cesar Regalado, sr., also bumped up a weight and dominated his bigger foe. Cody Hoy, jr., battled in a tough matchup, losing by fall. Logan Baird, fr., continued to show his toughness in a decisive victory. Hudson Swift kept it going, winning by fall at 145. Brendan Pribil made it clear he wasn’t going to wrestle for the last time at home without a Pribil pin! Cooper Crump, sr., turned his match around late to earn an exhilarating pin. Following Cooper, Ethan Sharp, jr., battled very tough before giving up a fall in the waning moments of the 3rd period. Our senior wrestlers all ended the night with wins in their last home event, ever. In order to eliminate giving up 4 forfeits, the Greenbacks changed our lineup around and took our 3-160# wrestlers and placed them at 160, 170 and 182. Taylor White bumped up the most to wrestle 182 and he capped off the end of our lineup with a convincing pin for a win in the 47-30 defeat of Wellington.