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PHS Wrestlers Earn CKL Championship

The Greenbacks, down a few starters, were committed to following the plan to win league with improbable odds of doing so.  With their bonus point mentality and team unity in achieving the goal, the Greenbacks, made the improbable, possible, beating the #2 ranked 3A school, Hoisington, to win their 2nd CKL title in-a-row!  The Greenbacks had four champions, four runners-up and two third place finishers.  On the day the boys had 27 pins, one default that would have been a pin, one major decision and a technical fall to make up 56.5 of the points for the Greenbacks from bonus points alone in 55 matches.  The bonus points made all of the difference as the Greenbacks won by a slim 5.5 point margin.      

106 lb. freshman, Dylan Cox bumped his record up to 14-9 on the year with a 3-1 record, and a CKL runner-up medal going into Regionals.

Camdon Nickelson, 113 lb. freshman, earned a pin on the day to add to our total score as we needed him to do as the final team tally was a 5.5 point difference.

126 lb. senior, Brayan Balderrama pinned everyone, including the 26-8 Hunter Fitzpatrick of Larned to go 4-0 on the day to win his 3rd individual CKL championship in-a –row!

132 lb. junior, Clinton James saw varsity action for the second time this year and he stepped up big, with a 3rd place finish and a bonus point pin on the day!  Clinton’s performance was huge for our team result!

138 lb. sophomore, Kadence Riner, went 4-1 on the day with four pins, earning large bonus points to add to the total team points.  Kadence looked impressive on the day, with lots of bonus point pins.   With a few adjustments, he will be ready for Regionals this Friday in El Dorado.

145 lb. freshman, Derek Roadhouse got us a bonus point pin to add to that team point total of a very close tournament.  We are very proud of Derek’s progression.

152 lb. senior, Nick Lucas, racked up big bonus points, going 5-0 with four pins and a huge win over defending 3A State Champion, Christopher Ball of Hoisington.  This was essentially our last match and ended up being a very critical win to add to the total team score and secure the championship for Nick for the second year in-a-row as an individual, and the Greenbacks, as a team, for the second year in-a-row too!

160 lb. freshman Donovan McAbee saw his first varsity action of the year, earning us two bonus points and contributing to the overall team result.

170 lb. senior, Logan Baird also earned us huge points on the day, with four pins and a major decision on the day, including a championship pin over a big Halstead kid, Tony Morris, who was 27-7 coming into this matchup and a major decision over the #6 ranked 3A wrestler, Wyatt Pedigo of Hoisington.  This was Logan’s 3rd CKL championship in-a-row and Logan has only lost one CKL matchup in four years, as a freshman Logan lost to Jonathan Ball in the championship.  Today Logan put a stamp on his career with the Greenbacks as he went out with a pin, helping the Greenbacks to a 1st place finish.

182 lb. junior, Justin Lamatsch, looking good on the year, wrestled very tough, losing only to the #5 ranked 4A opponent, Beck Elliott of Smoky Valley where Justin did some good things, but made some mistakes that can and will be fixed before State as Justin is a tough wrestler who can give anybody a run for their money as long as he manages the matches well.  Justin placed 2nd on the day to contribute the championship day for the Greenbacks.

195 lb. senior, Hayden Skaggs had a banner day as he pinned his first opponent, tech falled the next, and ended the day with a pin over the #6 ranked 4A opponent, Allan Wampler of Smoky Valley.  Hayden is coming on strong at the right time and he should have a good post season.He was 3-0 on the day for his first CKL championship.

220 lb. Hunter Huber has had a good run the last two tournaments.  He pinned his first two opponents on the day, along with a win over Jeremiah Slattery of Larned who was 23-8 on the year.  Hunter lost in the final to Justin Bradley, the #4 ranked 3A wrestler from Hoisington by fall.  Hunter made a splash the last half of the season and now stands with a record of 15-13 on the year, which is quite a feat for a freshman wrestling up a weight against fully grown men.

285 lb. freshman, Sevren Hance got two big bonus point pins for us and was working on a third against Edgar Garcia of Larned when he got caught underneath, losing by a fall.  The bonus point wins helped push the team to the championship! Sevren was 2-2 on the day for third place.

The Greenbacks will see their next action in the post season as they go to El Dorado for their two-day Regionals on Friday, starting at 2:00.  Go Greenbacks! 

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