Eudora Tournament of Champions

Young team struggles at Eudora

December 7-8, 2012

A small and young squad hit the mats at Eudora for the 2-day, 22-team Eudora Tournament of Champions. St. Thomas Aquinas took the team championship, followed closely by Tonganoxie, Prairie View, and Chanute. The top four teams were separated by a spread of 7.5 points. Louisburg came in at 20th place.

Only one Wildcat made it out of the pool rounds: senior Curtis Lemke (145 lbs.). In his first tournament of the season, Lemke started with two solid pins before running into a state ranked opponent from Shawnee Mission South. He then entered the bracket and faced off against the #1 seed from Rossville. Lemke gave him a good match, but he was eventually caught and pinned in the third period. The rest of the tournament didn’t go very well, as Lemke found himself battling sickness as well as his opponents. He wound up in 8th place in this very tough tournament.

A host of younger wrestlers filled in the open spots in the line-up and gave it their best shot. Junior Ben Powers was 1-3 at 138 lbs., while sophomores Austin Huber was 1-4 at 113 lbs., Zach Knox was 1-2 at 120 lbs., and Brenton Wrigley was 1-2 at 170 lbs. Two freshmen also filled in: Jacob Bolton, who was 0-4 at 152 lbs., and Anders Vance, who was 1-2 at 220 lbs.

Despite fielding only half a squad at this incredibly tough meet, the Wildcats are still running strong and are ready to hit the mats next week at Tonganoxie before taking some time off for Christmas Break.

Individual Results:
106 lbs. – open
113 lbs. – Austin Huber (so.) 1-4
120 lbs. – Zach Knox (so.) 1-2, 1 fall
126 lbs. – open
132 lbs. – open
138 lbs. – Ben Powers (jr.) 1-3
145 lbs. – Curtis Lemke (sr.) 2-4, 2 falls, 8th place
152 lbs. – Jacob Bolton (fr.) 0-4
160 lbs. – open
170 lbs. – Brenton Wrigley (so.) 1-2, 1 fall
182 lbs. – open
195 lbs. – open
220 lbs. – Anders Vance (fr.) 1-2, 1 fall
285 lbs. – open

Team Placing: 20th out of 22 teams

Next Competition: Tonganoxie Invitational (December 15, 2012)

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