4 December, 2014
For the first competition of the season, the Wildcats hosted Osawatomie in an exciting single dual featuring two Miami County rivals. The evening was highlighted by a 45-30 victory over the Trojans. It was an electric atmosphere as both teams were high-energy and ready to scrap. The LHS Drum Line was on hand to play between varsity matches, which provided a great environment for everyone.
Several Wildcats came out with key victories. Senior Zach Knox won an exciting 8-4 decision against a returning regional finalist from last season. The match was tied in the third period, but Knox locked up a front headlock to a cradle that secured the winning points. Senior Brenton Wrigley hit a sweet ankle-pick before winning by fall at 195 lbs., and junior Anders Vance hit his opponent in a lateral drop to get the fall at 285 lbs. Junior Jimmy Dolan took a forfeit at 182 lbs. A trio of sophomores scored big for us as David Bindi (113 lbs.), Nathan Keegan (120 lbs.), and Mason Koechner (220 lbs.) all earned pins in their first matches of the season. Freshman Ryan Adams made his Wildcat wrestling debut at 138 lbs., getting the pin in his match.
LHS also fielded several young wrestlers against some of Osawatomie’s strongest wrestlers. Junior Jordan Crowder returned to the mat to face a returning state qualifier at 170 lbs., but came up short. Sophomore Ben Hupp lost by fall to a two-time state qualifier at 160 lbs., and freshman Tucker Batten was pinned by a 2013 regional champ at 126 lbs. Freshman Will Ridley was pinned at 145 lbs., and sophomore Connor Green, bumping up a weight to fill an open spot, was pinned at 152 lbs. Both teams were open at 106 lbs.
At the JV level, the Wildcats were 6-6 against Osawatomie. JV winners include freshman Kyle Allen at 120 lbs., sophomore Evan Ayres at 132 lbs., sophomore Dylan Meyer at 138 lbs., sophomore Owen Staver at 160 lbs., junior Bradley Trageser at 220 lbs., and senior Nephi Rodriguez at 220 lbs. Rodriguez had the honor of wrestling the last match of the evening, and when he scored the pin, the crowd was just as loud as any point in the evening.
It was a big win for the Wildcats, but the road to Salina is a long one. This weekend, the varsity squad will compete at the Fort Scott Duals against Anderson County, Blue Valley Southwest, Fort Scott, Paola, and Shawnee Mission West. The junior varsity squad will compete at the Blue Valley North.
106 lbs. – both teams open
113 lbs. – David Bindi (so.) def. Kitana Diediker, fall 2:28
120 lbs. – Nathan Keegan (so.) def. James Clement, fall 0:51
126 lbs. – Tucker Batten (fr.) lost to Brendon Chrisjohn, fall 0:27
132 lbs. – Zach Knox (sr.) def. Cody Hazlett, dec. 8-4
138 lbs. – Ryan Adams (fr.) def. Will Thompson, fall 3:14
145 lbs. – Will Ridley (fr.) lost to Tyler Chrisjohn, fall 1:35
152 lbs. – Connor Green (so.) lost to John Diediker, fall 0:28
160 lbs. – Ben Hupp (so.) lost to Daniel Dees, fall 0:57
170 lbs. – Jordan Crowder (jr.) lost to Andy Blanton, fall 1:32
182 lbs. – Jimmy Dolan (jr.) win by forfeit
195 lbs. – Brenton Wrigley (sr.) def. Cole Wallace, fall 0:32
220 lbs. – Mason Koechner (so.) def. Seth Kingsolver, fall 1:35
285 lbs. – Anders Vance (jr.) def. Tanner Wilson, fall 1:38
LHS 45, Osawatomie 30
Dual Record: 1-0 (1.000)
120 lbs. – Kyle Allen (fr.) def. James Clement, fall 1:27
132 lbs. – Sierra Sullivan (so.) lost to Tonya Gallager, fall 1:03
132 lbs. – Evan Ayres (so.) def. Tonya Gallager, fall 2:00
138 lbs. – Dylan Meyer (so.) def. Seth Lofing, fall 3:30
145 lbs. – Garrett Caldwell (fr.) lost to Seth Lofing, fall 0:58
145 lbs. – Chris Turner (jr.) lost to Tristan Geiger, fall 3:10
152 lbs. – Zach Jones (jr.) lost to Tristan Geiger, dec. 8-2
160 lbs. – Owen Staver (so.) def. Sam Raybern, fall 4:21
160 lbs. – Dillin Roberts (jr.) lost to John Diediker, fall 2:00
182 lbs. – Billy Rose (sr.) lost to Cole Wallace, fall 0:56
220 lbs. – Bradley Trageser (jr.) def. Seth Kingsolver, fall 3:42
220 lbs. – Nephi Rodriguez (sr.) def. Tanner Wilson, fall 4:00
Saturday, Dec. 6: Ft. Scott Duals, 9:00am (Varsity)
Saturday, Dec. 6: Blue Valley North JV, 8:00am (JV)