Pratt High wrestling had two individual champions, Jadon Koehler and Kadence Riner, on their way to a 2nd place finish at the Abilene Invite.
The Pratt Greenback wrestlers completed the last competition before break with a runner-up finish in the Abilene tournament. A lot of perennial contenders were there and Pratt notably placed above the #2 in 3A Scott City, the #5 in 4A Abilene, the formerly ranked McPherson and the #8 in 3A, Silver Lake. The boys wrestled well in a tournament with little or no rest throughout the day and the Greenbacks did a great job of staying focused.
At the end of the day, Pratt had 9 placers in the top 4 with 2 champions! The Greenbacks look to improve on this finish moving forward with our mid-season target on the radar in Clearwater the 2nd week of January.
At 106, the Greenbacks brought 4 wrestlers as some teams have a hard time filling that weight class. Devon Weber, fr., placed 2nd in his best performance of the year, going 4-1 on the day, beating the #6 ranked 4A wrestler, Aaron Buterakos of Santa Fe Trail with an 11-5 decision. Devon has some adjustments to make because of size, but is wrestling very well going into our break. Devon is 11-6 on the season, 2nd place.
Kaiser Pelland, fr., our varsity 113 lb. wrestler, also wrestled 106 on the day and he placed 5th with good matches against opponents like the undefeated Adam of Salina Central, losing 6-4, losing 4-0 to Aaron Lenker of P-burg—Lenker is 16-3 on the season, and Kaiser ended his day with a quality finish over Silver Lake’s Cavanaugh 9-1. Kaiser is growing each week on the mat and every moment out there is helping his near future results.
Also at 106, Ethan Wilson, sr. and Daniel Rodriguez, fr., each also saw a varsity win on the day!
Dylan Cox, 120 lb. so., kept his overall record above .500 with losses to Salina Central wrestler, Falco, who is 12-2 and the 16-3 SFT wrestler by fall. Dylan returned the favor in the next two matches, pinning Chevy Faunce of Abilene and Jason Schroeder of Silver Lake to finish in 5th place on the day with a season record of 8-7.
Camdon Nickelson, 126 lb. so., did not glean a win on the day, but he did give us his best effort and even weathered a headbutt to the nose from the same wrestler who got him in the same spot the last time they wrestled, and Camdon showed grit and just kept on going.
Cody James, 132 lb. jr., also had a rough day, and had a heartbreaker in a match he dominated until the very end. Cody knows what his goals are and will come back and get it turned around by Clearwater as our guys are tough and Cody exhibits that toughness in the way he handles himself in every situation.
Bryce Winsor, 138 lb. so., had a solid day with a big win by fall over the #5 ranked 4A wrestler, the 8-2 Carter Greenfield of Santa Fe Trail. Bryce would see Greenfield one more time on the day, losing a close 2-1 decision the 2nd time. Bryce has stepped up and won some big matches and he makes every match competitive, no matter what. By Clearwater, Bryce should see even more success as he pushes his record closer to .500 and improves week in and week out. Bryce placed 4th on the day, beating a ranked opponent and with some adjustments in the neutral position, the Greenbacks should start seeing even more positive results from this talented freshman.
Kadence Riner, 145 lb. jr., started the day off sluggish, but still managing a 10-2 major decision over Pywell of Smoky Valley. Kadence never looked back after that match, pinning the rest of his competition, including an 11-3 wrestler, Jonah Clarke from McPherson and a 12-5 wrestler, Cooper Chard of Salina Central. Kadence pinned his final two opponents in the first period to end out his day 5-0. Kadence is undefeated at 145 and his only loss at 152 came to the defending state champion from Hoisington, in a close match. Pretty impressive thus far, but Kadence will need to turn it up on his feet in the first period to get the results he wants in February. He made a big step in that direction today. Kadence is 14-1 on the year, 1st place
Derek Roadhouse, 152 lb. so., placed 4th on the day, winning over Nick Brooks of Abilene in an 8-4 decision. Derek then had a close loss to Jeanneret of Santa Fe Trail 12-9 in the championship bracket and lost14-5 in the 3rd place match to Johnson of Buhler who is 11-4 on the season. Derek is a tough kid and he is making strides each week. Mat time is his friend as he has to feel out what his bread and butter move sets are. Derek is 5-5 on the year, 4th place.
Jadon Koehler, 160 lb. jr., started his day off with a tough matchup against Dakota Laun of Abilene, winning 6-1. Jadon pinned his next three opponents from Silver Lake, McPherson and Santa Fe Trail before meeting the 13-3 Dax Hopp of Smoky Valley in the final. Jadon capped his day off with a 5-0 victory, claiming the championship and making a vital step toward our season goals. Jadon looked sharp all day long and is seeing the results we expect from him. The next half of the season should be fun. Jadon was 5-0 on the day for 1st place.
Caden Blankenship, 170 lb. jr, started the day off with a major decision win over Will Rhoades of Santa Fe Trail 13-4. He followed that up with a 4-2 decision over Salina Central’s Evan Bishop, 4-2. Caden then ran into the #1 and the #2 in 3A, returning State finalists Howerton of Silver Lake and Hayes of Scott City, losing both matches by fall. In the 3rd place match, Caden lost by decision to McPherson’s Mason Thrash in a match that may have been determined more by the sum total of the day as Caden once again found himself in a tough as nails weight class. Caden needs a few adjustments to finish in certain positions, but he is in the right place in his progression. Our midseason marker of Clearwater will give Caden an idea of how much work he will have to do before regionals. 11-7 on the year, 4th place
Justin Lamatsch, 182 lb. sr., had another good day, pinning Elley of Santa Fe Trail and getting a major over Thompson of McPherson, 9-0. This set up a quality matchup with Goodman of Scott City. Justin dominated every aspect of the match, but was called for a slam on a sweet crotch lift claw return, which slowed him down and one slip ended up costing him the match at the end.
There is an emphasis in wrestling this year to return kids to the mat, but Justin’s opponent kept running to the edge and Justin would return him and they would restart in the middle. The flow of the match was thrown off by whistles, stoppages and the slam call. Wrestlers are responsible for their opponent’s safe return to the mat, but when you weigh 182 pounds, it sounds worse than it is when they land.
The Greenbacks are trained to overcome adversity, so Justin will figure out a way to create more offense in the first period, so he doesn’t have to worry about situations like this. Justin is having a great year and he finished the day with a record of 4-1. Justin is 13-3 on the year, 3rd place.
Hunter Huber, 195 lb. so., began his day with a 5-1 decision over Ridgeway of Santa Fe Trail. The next match was against the defending State Champion, Trey Hoerner of Abilene. Hunter lost that matchup by fall. In the championship bracket, Hunter went to three overtimes with Bailey Yarborough, the #6 ranked 4A wrestler, before losing by fall. Hunter is really wrestling well.
He is looking to improve a few things offensively and the positive results will increase once that happens. Hunter is ahead of schedule in his progression and has wrestled very well up to this point. Hunter was 2-2 on the day, 11-6 on the season, 3rd place.
Sevren Hance, 220 lb. jr., lost his first match by decision to Cole Butts of Salina Central, 6-3. Sevren won his next four matches: 4-2 over Craig of McPherson, by fall over Parker of Abilene, 11-4 over Harmes of Santa Fe Trail abd 6-4 over Randles of Santa Fe Trail for 3rd place.
Sevren was sick last week and didn’t look like himself, but was back this week and wrestled with confidence and he is doing some really good things on the mat. It will be fun to see how far he can go this season! Sevren was 4-1 on the day and 10-6 on the season, 3rd place.
The Greenbacks will see action after the break in Maize on January 6th.