The Pratt High wrestling team took 4th at the Douglass Invitational over the weekend.
The Pratt Greenback Wrestling Team wants to show that they are young in age but not short of the desire to win. This weekend in Douglass, the boys did just that. In a tournament including the #2 in 4A Andover Central and the #8 in 5A, Newton, along with a host of other talented wrestlers from 5A and 6A schools, the Greenbacks came out of the day 1 point away from a team trophy, placing 4th behind Bishop Carroll while besting Newton in the process.
106 lb. fr., Devon Weber was determined to get onto the podium, and he did just that. Devon had 2 pins and a loss to start his day. In his final match of the day, Devon saw Regional opponent Gabe Fox of Augusta. Devon lost this match 6-2 giving him 4th on the day and a good look of where we need to be in February. Devon is 6-4 on the year, 4th place.
113 lb. fr., Kaiser Pelland, started his day off with the #2 ranked 3A wrestler, Ashten Dodson of Douglass, losing by fall. Kaiser followed that up with a major decision over Regional opponent, Laing of Augusta, 14-2. His day ended with a loss by fall to Proctor of Derby. Kaiser is learning and growing each week.
120 lb. so., Dylan Cox began with a loss by fall to Gooch of Bishop Carroll. Dylan followed the loss with a major decision win over Sanchez of Wichita South, 11-3. In his final match, Dylan lost to Schooler of Great Bend by fall. Tough day, but there were plenty of learning opportunities for Dylan.
126 lb. so., Camden Nickelson, began his day versus the #3 in 4A, Adam Whitson of Buhler, losing by fall. Camdon lost his next match by major decision to Burkes of Great Bend. With the tournaments we go to, if your record is not over .500 it is hard to avoid this kind of draw, but Camdon is leaps and bounds over where he was last year at this time and he keeps learning and improving.
132 lb. fr., Iziah Cook began his first varsity tournament against the State Runner-up, Gunnar Gentzler of Andover Central, losing by fall. Iziah won his next matchup by forfeit before ending his day with a hard fought loss to George of Wichita Heights, 9-7.
138 lb. fr., Bryce Winsor began his day against the #4 ranked 4A wrestler, Bryant Page of Andover Central. Bryce lost by a third period fall. He came back with a fall of his own over Lipinski of Bishop Carroll. In his final matchup of the day, Bryce lost by fall to Taidon Willis of Derby, the #6 ranked 6A wrestler. Bryce is learning each week and he knows that he will be thrown to the wolves from time to time, but he is handling it well and growing in the process.
145 lb. jr., Kadence Riner began with a fall over Glaves of Douglass. Kadence continued on the positive side with a close decision over Holmgren of Goddard Eisenhower, 5-4 putting Kadence in the final against Malachi Karibo of Wichita South, who was undefeated on the year. Kadence controlled the match from beginning to end, winning in a 2-1 decision to take home the Goodwill title. Kadence is 7-1 on the season, 1st place.
152 lb. so., Derek Roadhouse, lost by fall in the first round to Spragis of Great Bend. He bounced back with an impressive decision over Walker of Wichita South, 11-4, followed by a fall over Shegog of Wichita Southeast. Derek ended his day with a close loss to Trail of Bishop Carroll, 5-3. With little time to condition, Roadhouse looked good, scoring 4 team points and he will get better each week.
160 lb. jr., Jadon Koehler had a tough bracket all around and began his day with a win over the #5 ranked 5A senior Karson Dugan of Bishop Carroll, 1-0. The day didn’t get any easier as Jadon lost a close decision to Harper of Newton, 2-0. In the consolation semifinals, Jadon faced the #6 in 5A Courtez Orange of Wichita Heights, beating him 7-5. In the 3rd place match Jadon got out of position and was caught, losing by fall to end his day in 4th place, some very solid wins and plenty of work to do to meet his goals. Jadon is 5-4 on the season, 4th place.
170 lb. jr., Caden Blankenship began his day with a fall over Regional opponent Bethea of Andover Central. Caden battled tough in his second matchup, losing a 6-2 decision to the undefeated Murphy of Bishop Carroll, the eventual champion on the day. In the consolation semifinals, Caden handled Regional opponent, Griffin of Augusta in a 5-3 decision. Caden finished off a stellar day with a 5-1 victory over Pichler of Douglass. Blankenship learns something new each week and will continue to adjust and improve. He is 6-4 on the year, 3rd place.
182 lb. sr., Justin Lamatsch, won his first two matches by fall over Regional opponent, Slaughter of Augusta and Greening of Goddard-Eisenhower to set up a final with Dressler of Douglass. Justin controlled the matchup, recovering from one mistake late in the match, gaining control once
again and finishing with a 10-7 victory and a championship in this, his last Goodwill Tournament! Justin had a good day and he looks to make improvements and do even better the next time out as we have a tough Regional in February and each week is vital preparation for that event. Justin is 8-2 on the year, 1st place.
195 lb. so., Hunter Huber, started his day with a victory over State qualifier and Regional opponent, Nicholas Lehman of Andover Central, 9-6. Hunter’s victory earned him a matchup with the #1 All-Class, Wyatt Hendrickson of Newton, losing that matchup by fall. Hunter plowed through his consolation semifinal match with a pin over Chavez of Great Bend, setting up a consolation final match with the #3 in 5A Dejuan Scott of Heights. Hunter lost by major decision, 11-1, ending his day. Hunter is looking tough and getting more confidence in his offense each week. This tough bracket and sound Regional opponent victory will bode well for us in February. Hunter is 6-4 on the year, 4th place.
220 lb. jr., Sevren Hance was battling sickness this week and struggled. He began with a loss to the kid he beat twice at home last week, losing this time 6-2 to Flax of Eisenhower. In his other match for the day, Sev lost to Self of Derby, 13-1. Hopefully rest will bring Sevren back strong this week.
Led by Justin, along with fellow captain, Kadence Riner finishing with championships, the Greenbacks had three 4th place finishes, a 3rd place finish and two champions in a tough tournament, finishing 4th as a team and beating a list of perennial powers in the wrestling world. The Greenbacks are a youthful team that is seeing growth each week. Our mid-season marker is getting close, so we have a lot to do before then to get the team to the level we know they can achieve. The last action for the Greenbacks before the break is a dual vs. Hays and Plainville on Thursday and a tournament in Abilene on Saturday.
1. Andover Central High School 166.5
2. Derby High School 144.5
3. Bishop Carroll High School 113.0
4. Pratt 112.0
5. Newton High School 102.0
6. Eisenhower High School 91.0
7. Wichita South Titans 88.5
8. Great Bend 80.5
9. Augusta High School 80.0
10. Wichita Heights High School 54.5
11. Douglass High School 48.0
12. Buhler High School 47.0
13. Wichita Southeast High School 36.0