Baldwin Invitational

Wildcats encounter tough competition at Baldwin

January 26, 2013

It was a loaded field full of 4A schools at the Baldwin Invitational, and the Wildcats had their hands full with lots of tough matches. In the end, Holton took home the team title, followed by Tonganoxie, Spring Hill, and Baldwin. Teams from our regional included Prairie View (6th place) and Paola (10th place). Louisburg came in at 14th place, ahead of Santa Fe Trail and Eudora.

Three Wildcats led the team in placing in the top eight, but none managed to earn a place higher than sixth. Sophomore Brenton Wrigley bumped up a weight class to 182 lbs., going 1-3 to take 6th place. Senior Curtis Lemke (145 lbs.) had an impressive day, going 3-2 to take 7th place. In his first and last match, Lemke ended up wrestling the same opponent, winning 3-2 and 5-2. At 132 lbs., senior Austen Scott went 2-3 to take 8th place. In his eighth place match, Scott was leading when he got caught and pinned.

Freshman Parker Cates (113 lbs.) continues to show improvement. In his first match, Cates won a 14-0 major decision before meeting up with the #2 seed. On the back side, Cates was in a tight match, going back and forth with the lead, when he was caught and pinned by his opponent. At 120 lbs., sophomore Austin Huber stepped up and filled in, but went 1-2. Huber earned a dominant tech fall in his second match, but couldn’t overcome his next opponent. Sophomore Zach Knox bumped up to 126 lbs. and went 1-3. In his first match he won a key match by fall. Freshman Anders Vance was 1-2 at 285 lbs., and Louisburg was also represented by junior Ben Powers (138 lbs.), sophomore Shea Cox (160 lbs.), and freshman Jordan Crowder (152 lbs.).

Next Saturday, the Wildcats will get up extra early to head to Silver Lake for their annual invitational tournament. Several participating teams are regional opponents, including Iola, Prairie View, Anderson County, and Osawatomie.

Individual Results:
106 lbs. – open
113 lbs. – Parker Cates (fr.) 1-3
120 lbs. – Austin Huber (so.) 1-2, 1 tech fall
126 lbs. – Zach Knox (so.) 1-3, 1 fall
132 lbs. – Austen Scott (sr.) 2-3, 2 falls, 8th place
138 lbs. – Ben Powers (jr.) 0-2
145 lbs. – Curtis Lemke (sr.) 3-2, 1 fall, 7th place
152 lbs. – Jordan Crowder (fr.) 0-2
160 lbs. – Shea Cox (so.) 0-2
170 lbs. – open
182 lbs. – Brenton Wrigley (so.) 1-3, 6th place
195 lbs. – open
220 lbs. – open
285 lbs. – Anders Vance (fr.) 1-2

Team Placing: 14th out of 16 teams

Next Competition: Silver Lake Invitational (February 2, 2013)


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