29 November, 2011
Purple Team prevails in 1st annual intra-squad dual!
The Wildcat Wrestlers kicked off a new tradition on Tuesday, Nov. 29: the Purple-White Scrimmage, an intra-squad competition in which the top two wrestlers in each weight square off in a formal dual to see who will represent LHS at the varsity level. All wrestlers competed in matches that were either varsity wrestle-offs, ranking matches, or exhibition matches. In its inaugural year, the scrimmage resulted in a 52-24 victory for the Purple Team.
The scrimmage featured 6 varsity wrestle-off matches, 1 ranking match, and 6 exhibition matches. LHS is returning 2 state qualifiers: junior Cullen Hood, who placed 5th in state at 103 lbs., and senior Austin Hood, who won his second state championship at 119 lbs. C. Hood won his match by fall and A. Hood won an exhibition match against senior Austin Caskey (145 lbs.) by a 14-4 major decision. Caskey also won a varsity wrestle-off against freshman Cooper Skeem. Senior Colton Rommel (195 lbs.) bumped up against junior Konnor Cook (285 lbs.) for an exhibition match. Despite having a difference in weight of about 40 pounds, Rommel and Cook had a great match.
A special feature of the Purple-White Scrimmage is the invitation of Honorary Coaches. This year, we welcomed Coach Dee Graham and Representative Jene Vickrey. Graham was a Social Studies teacher and coach at LHS throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. He coached numerous team championships in his tenure at LHS, including 4 League titles and 2 Louisburg Wildcat Class titles. He coached 61 state qualifiers, 7 state medalists, and 2 state champions (Tim Dozier in 1987 and Sonny Ewalt in 1993). Vickrey graduated from LHS in 1977, competing for Coach Don Meek and Coach Graham. He was a state qualifier at 119 lbs. his senior year. A life-long resident of Miami County, he owns and operates his own floor covering business. Vickrey has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 6th District, and he is currently the Speaker Pro Tem of the KS House.
Winners of the varsity wrestle-offs will compete at the Ft. Scott Duals this weekend. The Wildcats will have 5 duals against a tough slate of teams including Ft. Scott, Blue Valley Southwest, Jayhawk-Linn, Paola, Parsons, and Shawnee Mission West. All other Wildcat Wrestlers will compete at the Blue Valley North JV tournament.
Varsity Challenge Match Results:
120 lbs. – Cullen Hood (Purple) wbf over Zach Knox (White)
138 lbs. – Austen Scott (White) wbf over Ben Powers (Purple)
145 lbs. – Austin Caskey (White) wbf over Cooper Skeem (Purple)
152 lbs. – Curtis Lemke (Purple) wbf over Shea Cox (White)
160 lbs. – Bret Bullock (Purple) wbf over Cody Richards (White)
182 lbs. – John Hamamy (Purple) wbf over Greyson Honsinger (White)
Exhibition / Ranking Match Results:
152 / 182 lbs. – Kyle Edwards (Purple) wbf over Colin Bird (White)
106 / 113 lbs. – Austin Huber (White) wbf over Logan Glenn (Purple)
120 lbs. – Spencer Bowman (Purple) wbf over Reid Blythe (White)
138 / 145 lbs. – Chris Drew (Purple) wbf over Ray Metzger (White)
170 / 182 lbs. – Colin Bird (White) wbf over Jeremiah Ming (Purple)
195 / 285 lbs. – Konnor Cook (Purple) wbf over Colton Rommel (White)
126 / 145 lbs. – Austin Hood (Purple) maj. dec. Austin Caskey (White)
Next Competition: Ft. Scott Duals (Saturday, Dec. 3, 2001)