The Pratt High wrestling team placed 5 grapplers at the tough Bishop Carroll tournament over the weekend.
The Greenbacks once again started the day down one major point scorer as Nick Lucas, fr. was unable to participate at Bishop Carroll. Competing against the 7th, 8th and 9th ranked teams in 5A, #3 in 6A and the #3 in 4A, Bishop Carroll was a good challenge to end the 1st half of our season. The boys wrestled well in spite of a slow start and came home with 5 placers, some exciting matchups, good tests and an idea of what type of character our team exemplifies. 113 Trae’ Foreman, sr. 2nd place. Trae, ranked #2 in 4A was placed on the bracket for the 2nd week in a row with 2 byes and his 1st match was his semifinal matchup with Bishop Carroll’s Connor Murphy. Trae’ controlled the entire match for a 9-3 decision before his rematch with #1 in 4A, Zach Eck of Andale. The finals match was exciting, stressful and entertaining. Trae’ dealt with some obstacles that come up in matchups like these and fell just short, losing a 4-3 decision while making steps forward in achieving our ultimate goal at the end of the season. 120 Cesar Regalado, sr., 1st place. Cesar cruised through his first two matchups with a tech fall over Wichita South’s Khalil Franklin and an 8-3 decision over Bishop Carroll’s Connor Murphy to set up a finals matchup with the #2 ranked wrestler in 4A, Anthony Scantlin of Mulvane. Cesar, currently ranked #1 in 4A, controlled the entire match and came out with a 3-0 victory to capture his 3rd title in as many weeks. Cesar looked sharp in all aspects, but we will be training to bring those skills to another level the 2nd half of the season. 126 Gabe McAbee, jr. DNP Gabe lost by fall to Tyce Miller of Mulvane and by major decision to Payton Smith of Winfield. Gabe is wrestling tough, but we have some adjustments to make in takedown finishes and defense from the bottom position before we can improve our record. 132 Cody Hoy, jr., DNP Cody started his day off against the #4 wrestler in 5A and Cody lost that matchup by fall. Cody followed his loss up with a decision over Wichita South’s Marion Flores, 4-1. Cody’s final matchup came in the consolation semifinals where he met Wichita Northwest’s Shane Brock—falling by decision, 9-2. 138 Logan Baird, fr., DNP Logan returned to action this week after missing the Douglass tournament last week. Logan lost his quarterfinal matchup with Armond McCray of Wichita Heights by fall. On the consolation side, Logan won his next matchup by fall over regional opponent, Devin Smith of Winfield by fall. This set up a consolation semifinal matchup with the #2 ranked wrestler in 6A, Dylan Brazzle of Wichita Northwest. Logan got down early, but battled back and was seconds away from a pin in the 2nd period. Still chipping away at the score, Logan never gave up as the match ended with a 19-11 decision for Northwest’s Brazzle. Logan showed a lot of toughness in this matchup and as he will improve each week, I think Logan will be a very difficult matchup for anybody in the state by the end of the season. 145 Hudson Swift, jr., 4th place. Hudson started the day flat in his performance against John Sponsel of Bishop Carroll, losing by fall in the 2nd period. Hudson got tougher as the day wore on, winning by fall over Casey Schmidt of Wichita Heights and by decision over Kevin Reist of Campus. Hudson was then in for a rematch against Sponsel from Bishop Carroll and this time, Hudson was ready. Hudson battled and fell behind in the third period, getting an escape and a brutal takedown to tie the score at 5 with time running out. There was a stoppage after Hudson’s takedown and Sponsel got a pretty good amount of rest. Returning after the stoppage, Hudson lost his grip on Sponsel and lost as time ran out, 6-5. Hudson’s improvements on the day and on the season have him headed in the right direction for our long-term goals. 152 Brendan Pribil, sr., 3rd place. Brendan started his day with regional opponent Chase Miller of Mulvane. Pribil controlled the match until the 3rd period, where he fell behind by 3, losing 6-3. Brendan followed that loss with a bye and 2 wins over Robert Loeffler of Newton and Joel Sponsel of Bishop Carroll. Brendan ended the day in a rematch with Miller of Mulvane, completely changing the result of the matchup with a dominant technical fall, winning 15-0, avenging his 1st round loss. Brendan is looking good going into the 2nd half of the season. 160 Taylor White, sr., 3rd place. Taylor began the day with a major decision over Justin McBeth of Newton. Taylor went on to lose his semifinal against #3 in 5A Kalin Collins of Wichita West by fall. Collins went on to be outstanding wrestler by defeating the #1 in 6A Saul Ortiz of Wichita Northwest. Taylor came back strong on the consolation side winning by decision over T’ondre Beasley of Wichita Heights. Taylor’s consolation final was a rematch with his 1st round opponent, McBeth of Newton. Taylor beat McBeth for the 3rd time this year in a 6-0 decision. Taylor is on his way to a successful 2nd half to the season. 170 Ethan Sharp, jr., DNP Ethan battles every match and stays in good position most of the time. Ethan is exhibiting good mat awareness and he is learning and improving from week to week. We have some specific areas to work on in neutral position and in certain situations on the mat, but for getting thrust into varsity competition as a junior after playing basketball for so long, Ethan is very impressive. He doesn’t see it like we do, but he is making steps that will make him very successful in the very near future. Ethan lost in Overtime at Bishop in heartbreaking fashion to Cordell Clark of Newton, followed by a loss by fall to Townson of Campus. DNP Following a break for the holidays, the Pratt High wrestlers will return to the mats Thursday January 9th at Dodge City.