PHS' Kadence Riner was State runner-up at 145# and Jadon Koehler took 5th at 160#.
The Greenbacks qualified more than half of their team for State, with six of the seven being first time qualifiers. The boys performed well, and did not disappoint. They were inches away, in many instances, from doing even better.
One more year of prep and this group will make a solid run for a top placing as a team as all seven of these wrestlers will be returning, plus the ones that were close to qualifying and the Greenbacks will be a team to contend with all season long.
As for this State tournament, the Greenbacks had their 10th State finalist in the last 9 years in junior Kadence Riner, and added our 23rd placer in the last 9 years in junior Jadon Koehler, as he brought home a 5th place medal.
106 lb. fr., Devon Weber began his day by beating Regional champion, Trent Clements of Chanute, 10-4. In the quarterfinals, Weber lost by fall to the eventual 4th place finisher, Dawson Lamberd of Basehor-Linwood. On day two, Devon began with a pin over Lane of Ottawa. In the third consolation round, Devon lost by a heartbreaking fall to the eventual 6th place finisher, Novotny of Marysville, to end his season. We have made no excuses for Devon, but he has been giving up 8-10 pounds all year and on the 2nd day of State, it is probably considerably more than that. One thing is for sure, Devon will be back and will be a full 106 next year, and he will be very difficult for others to deal with as he had a solid year as an undersized freshman, even beating the 5th place finisher by a major decision during the year. Devon was 31-16 on the season!
113 lb. fr., Kaiser Pelland, lost to the eventual 3rd place finisher in round one, by fall. In round two, Kaiser won by fall over Harris of Tonganoxie. In the 2nd consolation round, Kaiser lost by fall to Miller of Anderson County. Kaiser was also undersized all season long, but still managed a 24-17 season record! Kaiser will come back as a State qualifier who is not undersized next season and he is and will be tough!
120 lb. so., Dylan Cox lost to Totty of Burlington, the eventual 4th place finisher, in the first round. In round two, Dylan lost by fall to Seaton of Bonner Springs. Dylan made huge improvements on the season and ended with an even 18-18 for the year. If he puts the work in this summer, Dylan will be a different wrestler at the start of next year and he will be one to watch.
195 lb. so., Hunter Huber, lost his first round matchup in a close 5-3 decision to Kaufman of Frontenac who ended up in 6th place. Huber lost his 2nd match of the tournament in another close one, 1-0 to Smith of Atchison to end his season with a 25-15 record. Hunter was Regional champion and he will return with the experience needed to make a run for a medal the next season. Hunter keeps getting better as a wrestler and he keeps getting stronger too. Next year, he will be a takedown machine, which will take him to another level of results.
220 lb. jr., Sevren Hance lost his first round to the eventual runner-up, by fall. In his 2nd match, Sevren lost a close 3-0 decision to the 37-5 Higginbotham of Anderson County, to end his season with a 24-17 record. Sevren transformed this season and the signs all point to marked improvement, as well as a wrestler who is ready to get a medal next season. Sevren has the right attitude to get it done! 160 lb. jr.,
Jadon Koehler, won his first match by a major decision, 12-0 over McGee of Bonner Springs. Jadon then wrestled a close quarterfinal, 6-3 to the 41-6 Burlington wrestler, Bober, the eventual runner-up. Jadon then went on to fight for a medal by beating Caplinger of Louisburg, 2-0 and Kale Smith of Colombus, 7-4. In the consolation semifinal, Jadon lost a closer than the score would indicate match, 6-0 to the eventual 3rd place wrestler, the 37-3, Slupianek of Marysville. In the 5th place match, Jadon controlled the entire match, winning 4-2 to bring home the 5th place medal! Jadon has one goal next year and that is to win a championship. We will do what we can to get him there!
145 lb. jr., Kadence Riner, began his day with a major decision over Schell of El Dorado, 16-5. In the quarterfinals, Kadence won a tough matchup with the 36-6 Starcher of Tonganoxie, 9-7. In the semifinal, Kadence beat another tough opponent, the 44-4 Johnson of Burlington in a 5-3 decision to make it to the State finals! In the finals, Kadence wrestled an amazing first period, pushing the undefeated, Beeson of Ark City in ways he has not been pushed all year. In the end, Kadence lost the match, but has so much to be proud of and he can definitely make his run for a championship the next season! Kadence was 35-5 on the season and State runner-up!
The Greenbacks did not disappoint in their “rebuilding year”. With all of their qualifiers returning, and other pieces of the puzzle being added in as we improve before the next season and gain some talented 8th graders, this team will be a group to watch for the next several years and they will do their best to try and bring home a team State championship. We believe. Do you? Thank you Greenback Nation for all of your support and we will see you next season starting week one in our dual against Dodge City. Go Greenbacks!