December 3, 2011
Wildcats kick-start 2011-12 season with 4 dual victories!
Led by three wrestlers who were undefeated on the day, the Louisburg Wildcats placed 5th out of 7 teams in the Fort Scott Duals. In a uniquely formatted tournament, the squad ended up facing two teams twice and a local rival once. The morning pool rounds opened up with a 48-24 victory over Parsons, followed by a 54-18 win over Jayhawk-Linn. Both teams were short-handed this weekend and there were only four matches in each dual. Following the pool rounds, the Wildcats were placed into the brackets, matched up with Paola. Giving up four open weight classes proved to make things difficult and the dual resulted in a lopsided 58-30 loss to the Panthers. This is where the tournament format worked out unfortunately for us, as we ended up facing Parsons and Jayhawk-Linn again. This time, the team scores were 47-24 and 48-18, respectively.
Seven Wildcat wrestlers ended the day with a .500 record or better, led by seniors Austin Hood (126 lbs.) and Austin Caskey (145 lbs.) and junior Cullen Hood (120 lbs.). A. Hood earned two falls and a tech fall, Caskey earned three falls, and C. Hood earned three falls. Two of C. Hood’s falls were against a returning state qualifier from Parsons. Senior Colton Rommel (195 lbs.) notched two falls and dropped a 6-3 decision to the #1 ranked wrestler at 182 lbs. Junior Kyle McLellan (220 lbs.), in his only match of the day, earned a 14-second fall. Freshman Austin Huber (113 lbs.) stepped onto the mat for his first-ever wrestling match and earned a first-period fall, but then lost his second match of the day. Junior Konnor Cook (285 lbs.) was hanging with a returning state placer from Paola before getting caught on his back in the final seconds of the match, but in his next match he won by fall in dominating fashion.
Three other wrestlers represented the Wildcats on Saturday. Sophomore Ben Powers (138 lbs.) ran into some tough competition in his first few matches, going 1-4 on the day, but the highlight of his day was earning a revenge win against his Jayhawk-Linn opponent, who had pinned him earlier in the day. Junior Austen Scott (132 lbs.) had some great matches, but also ran into the same returning state placer twice and finished 0-3. In order to wrestle his only match of the day, freshman Logan Glenn (106 lbs.) had to bump up a weight class to face off against a Jayhawk-Linn opponent. He fought hard, but the weight difference was too much and he finished with an 0-1 record.
The Wildcats take to the mats again in a week at the Eudora Tournament of Champions. This is Eudora’s 33rd year of hosting this tournament and the 8th year of its current format. Twenty-three teams will be competing at this tough two-day tournament, including six state-ranked teams.
106 lbs. – Logan Glenn (fr.) 0-1
113 lbs. – Austin Huber (fr.) 1-1, 1 fall
120 lbs. – Cullen Hood (jr.) 3-0, 3 falls
126 lbs. – Austin Hood (sr.) 3-0, 2 falls, 1 tech fall
132 lbs. – Austen Scott (jr.) 0-3
138 lbs. – Ben Powers (so.) 1-4, 1 fall
145 lbs. – Austin Caskey (sr.) 3-0, 3 falls
152 lbs. – open
160 lbs. – open
170 lbs. – open
182 lbs. – open
195 lbs. – Colton Rommel (sr.) 2-1, 2 falls
220 lbs. – Kyle McLellan (jr.) 1-0, 1 fall
285 lbs. – Konnor Cook (jr.) 1-1, 1 fall
Dual Record: 4-1
Team Placing: 5th out of 7 teams
Next Competition: Eudora Tournament of Champions (December 9-10, 2011)