February 10-11, 2012
Wildcats led by Caskey, finish 6th at League!
Every year, the Frontier League is filled with competitive teams with lots of great talent, and this year was no exception. The Wildcats traveled to Paola High School to compete in the Frontier League Tournament last weekend and faired pretty well against tough teams such as Baldwin, Spring Hill, and DeSoto. Baldwin won the league crown outright, going 6-0 in duals. Spring Hill, Ottawa, and DeSoto were tied with records of 4-2; using the tie-breaker criteria, Ottawa finished 2nd, Spring Hill finished 3rd, and DeSoto finished 4th. Host school Paola was 5th, Louisburg was 6th, and Eudora finished in 7th place.
The Wildcats began the day with a rematch against Ottawa. Last time we wrestled, we were short some key starters, and this time our opens put us in too deep a hole to climb out of. The final score against Ottawa was 45-33. Freshman Austin Huber (113 lbs.) won a key rematch against a kid who’d beaten him earlier this season, and junior Curtis Lemke won a decisive match by fall against a solid wrestler at 152 lbs. In the next round, we took on Paola, another rematch from earlier this season. The score was much closer, 30-24, but again our opens worked against us. Junior Cullen Hood (120 lbs.), senior Austin Caskey (145 lbs.), and junior Curtis Lemke (152 lbs.) each won their matches by fall. The last dual of the night was against Spring Hill, dropping that dual by a score of 48-30. Caskey, Lemke, and junior Kyle McLellan (220 lbs.) all scored pins for the Wildcats.
On Saturday, we had three more tough duals, opening against DeSoto. Freshman Zach Knox, filling in at 126 lbs., was losing 14-2 in the third period and scored a takedown that led to a fall to score some solid points for the Wildcats early on. Later in the dual, we had pins coming from Caskey and McLellan, but the final score was 45-21. Three Wildcats were undefeated going into the Baldwin dual: Hood, Caskey, and McLellan, but only Caskey came out with a win. Hood lost in an ultimate tiebreaker to Tucker Clark and McLellan was pinned by Colton Bonner, the #1 ranked wrestler in 4A. The final score was 57-11. In the last dual of the tournament, the Wildcats faced off against Eudora. We matched up very well against the Cardinals, ending the day with a 43-28 dual victory and securing 6th place in the tournament. Junior Austen Scott (132 lbs.) won by fall and sophomore Ben Powers (138 lbs.) won a 9-3 decision, but one of the highlights of the dual was freshman Shea Cox. Cox, a first-year wrestler, bumped up a weight to fill in at 160 lbs. He lost by a major decision, but he fought the entire match and even scored a takedown on his much bigger opponent.
The Frontier League Tournament marks the beginning of the “Championship Series” for the Wildcats. The next step will be the Kansas Class 4A Regional Tournament at Fort Scott. The top-4 placers in each weight will move on to the Kansas Class 4A State Tournament in Salina. This is the time of year for the boys to be peaking, and it’s looking like several of them have a shot at qualifying for state. Wrestling starts at 2:00pm Friday and 11:00am Saturday at Fort Scott, so come on down to support the Wildcats!
113 lbs. – Austin Huber (fr.) 4-2, 1 fall, 4th place
120 lbs. – Cullen Hood (jr.) 5-1, 3 falls, 2nd place
126 lbs. – Zach Knox (fr.) 2-4, 2 falls
132 lbs. – Austen Scott (jr.) 1-5, 1 fall
138 lbs. – Ben Powers (so.) 2-4, 1 fall
145 lbs. – Austin Caskey (sr.) 6-0, 4 falls, 1st place
152 lbs. – Curtis Lemke (jr.) 4-2, 3 falls, 2nd place
160 lbs. – Shea Cox (fr.) 0-6
220 lbs. – Kyle McLellan (jr.) 5-1, 4 falls, 2nd place
Dual Results: (overall record of 6-12)
Ottawa 45, LHS 33
Paola 30, LHS 24
Spring Hill 48, LHS 30
DeSoto 45, LHS 21
Baldwin 57, LHS 11
LHS 43, Eudora 28
Team Placing: 6th out of 7 teams
Next Competition: Kansas 4A Regional Tournament at Fort Scott (February 17-18, 2012)