Topeka Invitational

Lemke wins first title of the season

January 12, 2013

A battered crew of Wildcats traveled to Topeka for the Topeka Invitational. The Louisburg wrestlers earned five medals en route to a 5th place team finish. Winning the tournament was Topeka High, followed by Gardner- Edgerton, Frontenac, and Council Grove.

Two Wildcats brought home championships: seniors Cullen Hood (126 lbs.) and Curtis Lemke (145 lbs.). Hood won his first match by disqualification after his opponent bit him and then won his second match by fall. In the finals, he won a 3-0 decision against a solid opponent from Topeka High. Lemke earned his first gold medal of the season by pinning his way through the bracket. Only his first match went into the second period. Sophomore Shea Cox (160 lbs.) beat teammate Blaise Staver in the semifinals but lost by fall to a Topeka High opponent in the finals. Sophomore Zach Knox went 3-1 at 120 lbs., bouncing back from a first-round loss to win three straight matches and take third place. Senior Blaise Staver (160 lbs.) was able to enter the tournament as an unattached wrestler and came out with a third place finish. After losing to Cox in the semis, Staver won his next matches by fall and disqualification.

Despite being down two starters due to illness, the Wildcats had some good team points being scored on the back side of the brackets. Senior Austen Scott (132 lbs.) went 1-2, losing two very close matches. Sophomore Cooper Skeem filled in at 170 lbs., and freshmen Jacob Bolton (152 lbs.) and Bradley Trageser (220 lbs.) also competed for
the Wildcats.

The varsity squad will enjoy a weekend off before heading to Baldwin for the 12th Annual Baldwin Invitational Tournament. The 16-team BIT is a great opportunity for the Louisburg wrestlers to match up against some key 4A regional and state opponents.

Individual Results:
106 lbs. – open
113 lbs. – open
120 lbs. – Zach Knox (so.) 3-1, 2 falls, 3rd place
126 lbs. – Cullen Hood (sr.) 3-0, 1 fall, 1st place
132 lbs. – Austen Scott (sr.) 1-2, 1 fall
138 lbs. – open
145 lbs. – Curtis Lemke (sr.) 3-0, 3 falls, 1st place
152 lbs. – Jacob Bolton (fr.) 0-2
160 lbs. – Shea Cox (so.) 1-1, 1 fall, 2nd place
160 lbs. – Blaise Staver (sr.) 2-1, 1 fall, 3rd place
170 lbs. – Cooper Skeem (so.) 0-2
182 lbs. – open
195 lbs. – open
220 lbs. – Bradley Trageser (fr.) 0-2
285 lbs. – open

Team Placing5th out of 11 teams

Next Competition: Baldwin Invitational (January 26, 2013)

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