Wildcat / Panther Dual

Wildcats drop dual to Paola on Senior Night

January 8, 2013

Despite it being Senior Night and the team making some great strides in the practice room, the Louisburg Wildcats couldn’t hold off Paola in our only home dual of the season. Both teams fielded several younger and less experienced wrestlers, but in the end, Paola finished on top 49-24. Louisburg was open at four weight classes.

Four Wildcats came out strong and earned falls, starting with freshman Parker Cates at 113 lbs. Cates wasted little time and pinned his opponent a minute into the match. Sophomore Austin Huber filled in at 120 lbs. and had a great match, but he lost 2-1 in an ultimate tie-breaker. After six minutes of wrestling the score was tied 1-1. Both athletes battled through the overtime period and the two 30-second tie-breakers before it came down to the final 30 seconds. Seniors Cullen Hood (126 lbs.) and Austen Scott (132 lbs.) kept things moving with first-period pins. After the first five weights, Louisburg led 18-3.

A streak of five losses ensued at this point, starting with junior Ben Powers, who lost 3-11 at 138 lbs. Senior Curtis Lemke was having a dominant match at 145 lbs., but was caught in a spladle and pinned toward the end of the second period. Freshman Jacob Bolton (152 lbs.) and sophomores Shea Cox (160 lbs.) and Cooper Skeem (170 lbs.) lost by fall. Louisburg was open at 182 lbs. and 195 lbs., but freshman Bradley Trageser picked up a nice win by fall at 220 lbs. Louisburg was open at 285 lbs., but Trageser’s pin was a nice conclusion to the dual.

Despite dealing with injuries and open weights, the Wildcats are still working to improve on the mat. This weekend, the Wildcats will travel to Topeka for a new addition to this year’s schedule: the Topeka Invitational.

Individual Results:
106 lbs. – open
113 lbs. – Parker Cates (fr.) won by fall, 1:04
120 lbs. – Austin Huber (so.) lost in overtime, 1-2
126 lbs. – Cullen Hood (sr.) won by fall, 1:43
132 lbs. – Austen Scott (sr.) won by fall, 1:49
138 lbs. – Ben Powers (jr.) lost by major decision, 3-11
145 lbs. – Curtis Lemke (sr.) lost by fall, 3:45
152 lbs. – Jacob Bolton (fr.) lost by fall, 1:31
160 lbs. – Shea Cox (so.) lost by fall, 3:41
170 lbs. – Cooper Skeem (so.) lost by fall, 5:31
182 lbs. – open
195 lbs. – open
220 lbs. – Bradley Trageser (fr.) won by fall, 5:27
285 lbs. – open

Paola 49, LHS 24

Dual Record: 1-5 (.167)

Next Competition: Topeka Invitational (January 12, 2013)

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