PHS wrestlers placed 5th as a team at Regionals, with six Greenbacks qualifying for the State Tournament this coming weekend.
The Greenbacks headed into Regionals with a solid group of young men and dreams of the State tournament awaiting them. As the days progressed, the State picture became clearer. As the smoke cleared, the Greenbacks qualified 6 wrestlers, including all 5 of our seniors and a freshman. We were very close to getting 2 more qualified, but it was not to be this time around for everyone. Luckily, all those who didn’t qualify will be returning next year with a whole new perspective and invaluable experience. 106 Dylan Pelland, fr., entered the Regional tournament only having wrestled varsity the 1st and last tournament of the season, but he has been a varsity level wrestler all along. Dylan got his chance to prove his mettle in his 1st Regional tournament as a Greenback. Dylan did exactly that by starting the day with a technical fall over Jeremy Sitz of Andover Central. Dylan then met up with Hildibrand of Augusta in the semifinals, losing by fall. Without even blinking, Dylan handled his next two opponents, winning over Jackson Stafford of Indy by another technical fall and advancing into the consolation final against Rodney Longshaw of Circle, winning by an 8-1 decision for 3rd. Dylan is a part of a freshman class that has been and will continue to be a integral part of our program as a new era begins. Season Record 8-3 Regional Placing 3rd 113 Trae’ Foreman, sr., started the day off with a 7-4 decision over Arthur Jesse of Independence. This result set up a rematch with the defending 4A state champion, Jake Goldenstein of Augusta. Trae’ won their 1st encounter at the Douglass Tournament earlier in the year. The matchup was exciting to say the least with Trae’ scoring a quick defensive takedown with Goldenstein following up with a reversal. The takedown was not awarded and the match continued to be exciting as Trae appeared to have scored again at the end of a period and no points were awarded. The match remained close throughout and Goldenstein came away with the victory in an epic high-level battle. Trae’ came back to win the next two and place 3rd. Season Record 25-5 Regional Placing 3rd 120 Cesar Regalado, sr., won his 1st two matchups before meeting up with the #3 in 4A, Curtis Burnett of Independence. Burnett was coming off a win over the #4 in 4A, Anthony Scantlin of Mulvane and he came in to the final loaded for bear. Cesar came through when he needed to and secured the 7-4 victory over Burnett. Winning Regionals for the 2nd time in a row, Cesar is looking to meet his goals at state this week. Season Record 24-0 Regional Champion 126 Nick Lucas, fr., started his day off with a technical fall over Trinity’s Noah Yager. He then lost to Rodd of ANdover Central to fall to the backside of the bracket. After beating Wiens of Wellington, Nick got caught underneath Benefiel of Mulvane and was pinned for a heartbreaking loss to end an extremely successful season. He was 21-2 at 106 on the year. Season Record 25-7 132 Cody Hoy, jr., lost to Niemtschk of Andover Central and Mulvane’s Cusick to end his season. Cody had some quality wins leading up to regional and we expect him to be strong next year. 138 Logan Baird, fr., began his 1st match tough with a takedown, but ended up dropping two matches to end his season. The positive in this is that Logan will bounce back next season and help lead a very strong sophomore class. 145 Hudson Swift, jr., started the day losing toeventual Regional champion Nic Augustin of Andover Central. On the back side, Hudson won by a fall over Winfield’s Devon Smith and by a 7-2 decision over Kelly of Labette County. In the consolation semi-finals, Hudson lost a 3-0 heartbreaker to end his season. 152 Brendan Pribil, sr., started his day against the #4 seed, Rob Winzer of Augusta who was 22-3. Brendan won by fall to advance to the semifinals. Brendan faced the #1 in 4A in his semifinal, losing by fall. Brendan returned the next day to pin DeJarnett of Wellington in the consolation semifinals before meeting Winzer of Augusta again in the consolation finals. The match was closer this time, but Pribil was in control the entire match, winning 5-2 to place 3rd. Season Record 25-10 Regional Placing 3rd 160 Taylor White, sr., started his day with a pin over Hank May of Mulvane. Taylor followed that match up with a back-and-forth match with Jace Brown of Andover Central, losing 12-8. On day 2, Taylor started the day against a very dangerous Rose Hill wrestler, Kyle Loecke. Taylor won in a big match for him in a 5-1 decision. Taylor followed that up with a 10-4 decision over Labette County and a 4-1 decision over Triboletti of El Dorado. In the consolation finals, Taylor had a rematch with Brown of Andover Central. Taylor was 1-1 with him on the year, but lost his final matchup of the day by fall. Season Record 29-12 Regional Placing 4th 170 Ethan Sharp, jr., started his 1st day losing to the #1 seed Bosley of Augusta by fall. On the 2nd day, Ethan won over Witt of Clearwater and followed that up with a major decision over Wiley of Labette County. Sharp ended by losing to Hain of Wellington. After all his hard work this season, Ethan will be a force to reckon with next year. 182 Cooper Crump, sr., started the day with a quick fall over Null of Independence. Cooper followed that up with a herculean effort in a loss to Ridge Walker of Circle, the #3 seed, 7-5. On the 2nd day, Cooper reeled off 3 wins by fall, with the last one being an exhilarating pin to qualify for State! Cooper set the stage for a rematch with his lone loss on the day with Walker of Circle. This time the match was never in doubt as Cooper was in control the entire match and very close to recording another fall, winning 5-0 for 3rd. It was an outstanding tournament for Cooper with 4 pins and a decision with only 1 loss. Season Record 8-4 Regional Placing 3rd Go Greenbacks!