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Goodwill Wrestling Tournament

The Greenbacks began their second tournament without two varsity wrestlers from the week before as the training for post season marches on.  In a solid performance, the Greenbacks brought home seven placers, just falling short of our goal for pins on the day to earn maximum bonus points.  Wichita South had 15 pins and we had 14.  This is critical for post season success.  If we didn’t receive a couple of extra byes and Nick Lucas could have wrestled against his finals opponent, I believe we would have met our goal, but we will push until we meet that goal, every tournament of the year, including State.

Adding in a trio of freshmen and another sophomore, the Greenbacks looked to get valuable experience for the younger guys with a great tournament to learn, while pushing our veteran varsity wrestlers to the best effort and performance they could give at this point of the season with only 9 practice days under our belts for a majority of the team.  The Greenbacks responded with a 3rd place team finish behind the #7 ranked 6A squad, Wichita South and 5A Newton.  Our team rank has fallen to #4 in 4A, as we outdistanced the #3 in 4A, Andover Central by 80 points.  We are nowhere near our best yet, but the Greenback wrestlers are listening, learning, training and making their own luck.

Placers included: Dylan Pelland 3rd in a bracket with three state champions, Brayan Balderrama 1st, Kadence Riner 3rd, Nick Lucas 1st, Jadon Koehler 3rd, Logan Baird 1st and  Justin Lamatsch  2nd.

106 lb. freshman, Dylan Cox, lost two on the day, but wrestled well against the champion from our home tournament Gabe Fox of Augusta as the match was tied with less than thirty seconds to go.  Nice performance for a first time on varsity as a freshman as there are many signs of good things to come this season from Dylan.

113 lb. freshman, Camdon Nickelson went 0-2 on the day, making big improvements and learning the way freshmen do with our difficult schedule.

120 lb. senior, Dylan Pelland, senior, began his day with a pin over Trace Parks of Derby. This set up a colossal matchup of State Champions as Dylan was one of three State Champions in his bracket.  Dylan would see Dallas Wilson of Wichita South in an exciting semifinal matchup.  Dylan wrestled well with the action going back and forth the entire match.  Dylan lost 5-9 in a good early season practice for our State Tournament.  Dylan went on to pin the #3 ranked 4A wrestler in the consolation semifinals before pinning Jose Andrade, the 6th place 6A State finisher from a year ago.  Dylan had one tough bracket and he performed very well!

126 lb. senior, Brayan Balderrama, pinned his first opponent of the year, August Farmer of Douglass, in the first period.  Brayan continued on a roll against Josh Patch of Andover Central with a 2nd period pin.  In the championship, Brayan dominated more than the score shows, with a 7-5 victory over a very strong, Kaylon Kirkwood of Wichita Southeast, claiming the Goodwill crown.  Brayan looked tough in his first action of the year and is moving in the right direction for our goals.

132 lb. senior, Tony Ibarra, senior, began the day earning the bonus points we try to rack up as we practice for maximum team points with a pin of Monty Christo of Andover Central.  Tony lost in the quarterfinal against Victor Aguilera of Goddard Eisenhower.  Tony bounced right back with a clutch win over Carlos Davis of Bishop Carroll before finishing his day with a disappointing loss to Braxton Schooler of Great Bend.  Tony is still a wrestler with less experience than most and he learns valuable lessons each week as he improves.

138 lb. sophomore, Kadence Riner, began his day with a bonus point win over Chad Mercier of Augusta with a pin.  Kadence ran into a buzzsaw in the semifinals, meeting up with former State Champion, Asiel Flores of Wichita South, losing by fall.  Kadence kept moving forward with a first period pin over Witmer of Derby, earning 2 bonus point with the pin.  That set up a third place battle with Aevodric Gilkey of Wichita Heights, with Riner toughing out a 7-4 victory to earn third place team points.  Kadence showed some real mental toughness as he made it through a strong, steely, opponent in the third place match.  Our progress with Kadence this year is months ahead of last year, so as he keeps putting in the work, he should reap the rewards as will the team as a whole.

145 lb. freshman, Derek Roadhouse, saw his first varsity action this weekend.  Derek went 0-2 on the day, but his growth from wrestling this type of competition is immeasurably valuable.

152 lb. senior, Nick Lucas, plowed through the first two rounds with first period pins over Tyler Andreasen of Wichita Southeast and Alex Foxworthy of Wichita South, who is the current #5 ranked 6A wrestler for South at 152 lbs.  Nick didn’t get a chance to get one more smooth win as his finals opponent, Jeffrey Spragis, injury defaulted, which allowed Nick to earn maximum bonus points all day long, which will be a huge asset as we move through the season and prep for the post season.

160 lb. sophomore, Jadon Koehler, started the day with a pin over Josh Hamilton of Great Bend.  In the semifinal round, Jadon was seconds away from a finals berth, losing a tight 1-2 battle with Jacob Ormsby of Derby.  Jadon went on to earn another bonus point win with a pin over Augusta’s Dominik Ketchum, followed by his 5-2 win over a very athletic opponent, Courtez, Orange of Wichita South.  This is a huge step forward for Jadon as he closed some gaps in bad habits and picked up the urgency—two major items of emphasis for him.  This was a good beginning on a winning path for Jadon this season.  If he keeps adjusting each week, Jadon will be very interesting to watch in February.

182 lb. senior, Logan Baird, began his day with a nice bonus point win over Joey Nuzum of Douglass.  Logan followed that up with a 10-9 victory over Wyatt Hendrickson of Newton in the semifinals.  Logan ended his day with a clutch finals bonus point win over the #5 ranked 5A opponent, Brady Bockover of Bishop Carroll with a third period pin, for his 2nd consecutive Goodwill Championship. Logan is starting to get to the level he can achieve, but we won’t see him at his best until much later in the season as we adjust to shorter prep time this season.  The bonus point wins from Logan will be key to our goals as the season continues.

195 lb. junior, Justin Lamatsch, started the second Goodwill tournament in consecutive years with two byes—this eliminates chances for bonus point wins and can be avoided by drawing the byes in so the #1 and #2 seed can earn maximum points.  A little sluggish in the beginning, after sitting through several rounds, Justin handled his semifinal opponent from Newton, Colby Beer with a 3-1 decision.  Justin landed in the finals against the #1 ranked 3A wrestler, Seth Fouts of Douglass.  Justin, battled tough until the closing seconds, almost scoring at the end to put this match into overtime, but falling in a good early season test 5-7 in the final.  Justin Lamatsch is the real deal and his consistent effort is inspiring to his teammates.  

220 lb. freshman, Hunter Huber entered the day with an undefeated junior varsity record.  His first action on varsity pitted Hunter against the #3 ranked 6A 220 lb wrestler, Kasdon Arehart of Wichita South.  Hunter lost by fall, following that up with another loss to go 0-2 on the day. Hunter is cerebral and he learns quickly.  This opportunity for varsity action is helping us develop both the present and future successes of our team.  The freshmen are very valuable to the Greenbacks.

285 lb. sophomore, Sevren Hance, bumping up a few weight classes showed some really good technique in situations.  We talked about some tweaks to certain movements in said positions and Sevren should make improvements each week.  He is already a completely different wrestler than he was last year.  Sev went 0-2 on the day, losing in the consolation round with a very close 4-6 loss to Patrick Skinner of Andover Central.  We are pleased with Sevren’s progress.

The Greenbacks will see their next action in a double dual on Thursday vs. Hays and Plainville in Hays beginning at 4 pm, followed by the Abilene Tournament on Saturday.

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