December 9-10, 2011
Wildcats led by A. Hood’s championship, top-8 finishes from Caskey and Cook
Going into the 9th annual Eudora Tournament of Champions, the Louisburg wrestlers knew that it would be a dog-fight in every weight class. Every year, this tournament boasts some of the area’s toughest wrestlers from all four state classifications. This year, 8 Wildcats took to the mats in the 23-team, 2-day tournament. LHS finished the weekend with an individual champion, 2 top-8 finishers, and 16th place as a team (2 points away from being 14th). Three Wildcats would have finished in the top-8, but injuries sustained Friday night kept them from competing.
Senior Austin Hood (126 lbs.) found himself competing in the toughest weight class of the tournament. He entered the tournament as the #2 seed, but he thought of nothing other than being #1 at the end of the weekend. He finished the pool rounds with 2 falls and 2 tech falls. In the bracket rounds, he began with a quick pin in his first match and a major decision in his second match, which was against a two-time state medalist who had beaten Hood last season at this same tournament. In the finals, Hood defeated his Baldwin opponent by a score of 3-0. His opponent had been a state champion at 103 lbs. in 2010. Senior Austin Caskey (145 lbs.) finished second in his pool, but battled his way to a 5th place overall finish in his weight class. Caskey racked up 2 falls and a major decision en route to his finish. In his final match of the evening—arguably his most exciting match so far this season—Caskey trailed 3-1 in the final seconds. He was on bottom and made a last-ditch effort to score on bottom, resulting in a locked-hands penalty and a reversal against his opponent and a final score of 4-3 in favor of Caskey. Junior Konnor Cook (285 lbs.) also ran into some stiff competition. In this loaded weight class, the top five wrestlers included a state champion, 3 state medalists, and a wrestler who had been one match away from placing at state last year. Cook finished 8th in his bracket, but he had some exciting matches along the way. In his final match Friday evening, he earned a solid victory over his Chanute opponent with a 3rd period fall, and in the consolation match of the bracket rounds he lost in the final seconds after his Rossville opponent scored a quick takedown.
Junior Cullen Hood (120 lbs.) finished Friday evening with a 4-0 record, soundly defeating two state qualifiers, but a possibly torn calf muscle side-lined him on the second day and removed him from the bracket. Senior Colton Rommel (195 lbs.) had won his first match by fall, but in his second match suffered a hyperextension of the elbow and also had to default out of the tournament. Junior Kyle McLellan (220 lbs.) was 3-1 with 3 falls, but in his last match Friday evening he separated his ribs. All three would have been key point-scorers in the tournament, but unfortunate circumstances kept them from contributing to the Wildcats’ performance. LHS was also represented by juniors Austen Scott (132 lbs.) and John Hamamy (182 lbs.). Scott finished his pool with an 0-3 record, and Hamamy was 0-2 before having to withdraw from competition due to sickness.
The next competition for the Wildcat wrestlers will be next Saturday at the Tonganoxie Randy Starcher Memorial Tournament. This tournament features six 4A opponents, as well as several 3-2-1A schools and a school from Missouri. Last season, the Wildcats finished 7th, with 5 wrestlers winning medals. This will be the squad’s final competition before the Christmas break. Before they get to enjoy their must-deserved rest, the boys will need to step up one more time to show the wrestling community what Louisburg wrestling is all about!
120 lbs. – Cullen Hood (jr.) 4-0, 4 falls
126 lbs. – Austin Hood (sr.) 7-0, 3 falls, 2 tech falls, 1st place
132 lbs. – Austen Scott (jr.) 0-3
145 lbs. – Austin Caskey (sr.) 5-3, 2 falls, 5th place
182 lbs. – John Hamamy (jr.) 0-2
195 lbs. – Colton Rommel (sr.) 1-1, 1 fall
220 lbs. – Kyle McLellan (jr.) 2-1, 2 falls
285 lbs. – Konnor Cook (jr.) 2-6, 1 fall, 8th place
Team Placing: 16th out of 23 teams
Next Competition: Tonganoxie Invitational (December 17, 2011)