Tonganoxie Invitational

Knox and Lemke finalists at Tongie

December 15, 2012

With a more complete line-up and some huge strides forward, the Wildcats brought out a stronger performance at the Tonganoxie Invitational. We had six wrestlers finish in the top-four, leading the team to a fourth place finish. Tonganoxie took the team title, followed by Shawnee Heights and Atchison. Last season, the Wildcats finished in seventh at this tournament.

Sophomore Zach Knox (120 lbs.) and senior Curtis Lemke (145 lbs.) both reached the finals in their respective weight classes. Knox earned two falls before losing a major decision in the finals, while Lemke notched three falls (including one against the #2 seed) before losing by fall in the finals. It was the first finals appearance for both wrestlers this season. Junior Ben Powers (138 lbs.) earned two falls before taking fourth place. His overall record on the weekend was 3-2. Senior Austen Scott finished fourth at 132 lbs., as did freshman Parker Cates (113 lbs.) and senior Dylan York (160 lbs.). York earned his first pin of the season this weekend.

Freshman Bradley Trageser, who normally wrestles at 220 lbs., bumped up to fill our open heavyweight spot. Trageser went 2-2 with two wins by fall to take fifth place. Freshman Jacob Bolton (152 lbs.) and sophomore Nephi Rodriguez (220 lbs.) also filled in for the Wildcats, but did not place.

The Wildcats will enjoy some much needed time off for the Christmas Break. Practice resumes after Christmas and we will be gearing up for our home tournament, the Wildcat Wrestling Classic!

Individual Results:
106 lbs. – open
113 lbs. – Parker Cates (fr.) 0-4, 4th place
120 lbs. – Zach Knox (so.) 2-1, 2 falls, 2nd place
126 lbs. – open
132 lbs. – Austen Scott (sr.) 1-2, 4th place
138 lbs. – Ben Powers (jr.) 3-2, 2 falls, 4th place
145 lbs. – Curtis Lemke (sr.) 3-1, 3 falls, 2nd place
152 lbs. – Jacob Bolton (fr.) 0-3
160 lbs. – Dylan York (sr.) 1-4, 1 fall, 4th place
170 lbs. – open
182 lbs. – open
195 lbs. – open
220 lbs. – Nephi Rodriguez (so.) 0-4
285 lbs. – Bradley Trageser (fr.) 2-2, 2 falls, 5th place

Team Placing: 4th out of 11 teams

Next Competition: Wildcat Classic @ LHS (Jan. 5, 2013)

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