3 Greenback wrestlers made it into the finals of the Maize Tournament Saturday.

The Greenbacks started the 2nd half of our season a couple of guys down—Cesar Regalado, sr., and Gabe McAbee, jr., were out due to illness. For the 3rd week in a row, at least one of our guys has been unable to wrestle, but our team soldiers on with a good attitude. This week the Greenbacks filled 8 of 14 weight classes in the Maize Scramble Tournament, placing 3 in the finals and going 22-18 in matches on the day. Maize is a good test for us as each wrestler is guaranteed at least 4-5 matchups with pooled groupings where records are matched up to determine the final cross- pooled match for placing. Results: Nick Lucas (106) won by major decision or fall in his 1st 3 matches before wrestling Rylan Kasitz of Maize South in his final match before cross pooling. This would-be finals match was very close, tied 2-2 deep into the 3rd period before Kasitz injury defaulted. Nick looked tough in this matchup, staying in good position and battling at every turn. Nick’s finals matchup was against Austin Eldredge and Nick handled the match, winning by fall to end his day with the championship. 5-0, 1st place Trae’ Foreman, sr., (113) won his 1st 3 matches by an 8-3 decision, fall and technical fall before his finals matchup with the undefeated Zach Eck of Andale who dropped from the #1 in 4A to #3 without losing a match. Trae’ dropped from 2 to 4 in the same circumstance. Nonetheless, this marquee matchup presented a glance at the future as these two will inevitably meet one if not two more times at the end of the year. Zach came out of this matchup with a closely contested 2-1 win, but we are glad to see where we stand as it gives us direction in the type of work that has to be done before Regionals. 3-1, 2nd place Brayan Balderrama, fr., (113) wrestled as an extra for us and did well in a very tough pool where Brayan was 2-2 with 2 pins, losing only to Zach Eck of Andale and Kane Crider, #4 in 6A of Maize. Brayan cross-pooled for his 5th place match, winning by technical fall to finish up the day for a very talented freshman who is behind a very talented senior. Brayan is 5-2 on the year in varsity competition. 3-2, 5th place Cody Hoy, jr., (132) lost his first 3 before his cross-pool matchup with Liberal’s Jerry Valdez, which Cody won by a 2-0 decision. Cody is making progress and is getting closer to finishing his attacks and counters, once he puts it all together, the results will start going the other way. 1-3 7th. place. Logan Baird, fr., (138) had a rough outing, losing to the #6 in 5A Kevin Kissane of Maize South by a 8-6 decision and to Eisenhower’s Denton Russell by a 5-0 decision. Logan went on to pin Blake Whitson of Emporia to go 1-2 in pool matchups before his cross-pooled placing match for 5th place, which Logan lost in a close 8-6 decision to Dodge City’s Tylor Garcia. 1-3, 6th place. Hudson Swift, jr., (145) had 2 pins and 2 losses in the initial pooled brackets before heading into his cross-pooled placing match. Hudson was up and down on the day wrestling really well and wrestling on the other end of the spectrum too. In his placing matchup, Hudson met up with Tucker Wilson of Lawrence and won in a 6-4 decision to claim 5th place. 3-2, 5th. Brendan Pribil, sr., (152) had another good day with 3 pins before meeting up in the cross-pooled final with the #1 in 6A Brett Moon of Maize. Pribil battled tough in the 1st period and in the 2nd period was tilted and must have lingered on his back as he was called for a quick fall. It happened so fast, that we didn’t actually know what had happened. The outcome was unfortunate as we wanted to see how this matchup would end with a fuller match. Nonetheless, Pribil had a solid day and continues to build on his stellar season. 3-1, 2nd place. Taylor White, sr., (160) had a solid day. Taylor started off in pool play with a 6-2 win over Tawater of Maize, followed by pinning Jones of Eisenhower and Unruh of McPherson. In his 4th matchup, Taylor lost to Moyer of Maize South by fall. Taylor had the same record as Hein of Andover, but there were too many wrestlers in that pool and they never met to decide who would go for 3rd. Unfortunately, this pushed Taylor down to the 5th and 6th place match after going 3-1. Taylor consequently wrestled for 5th against Dylan Servis of Dodge City, losing by fall. 3-2, 6th place Ethan Sharp, sr., (170) lost his first 4 matches, which speaks nothing of his performance. In his match with Moore of Maize South, Ethan was executing moves that he had just learned and dominating the match. He was caught in the 3rd period in a precarious position, which lost him the match by fall and in his round 5 match, Ethan battled to a 2-1 loss against Dodge City’s Zach Cook after losing to him 2 days ago 11-4—huge improvement. Ethan is coming to us as a junior and he is learning fast and he has great athletic ability. It is just that our schedule is one of the toughest in the state. The Greenbacks will get back to work and look to move up in the team results this week as we go to Clearwater on Saturday.