Wildcats 2nd at Parsons, drop final dual to Lebanon, MO

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Competition: Parsons Viking Duals

January 23, 2015

For the second straight year, the Louisburg Wildcats brought home a 2nd place plaque from the Parsons Vikings Duals. This year, LHS again fell to Lebanon, MO, in the championship dual. The final score was a dominant 63-15 in favor of Lebanon. LHS went 4-1 in duals.

The Wildcats pose for a team picture after going 4-1 and taking 2nd place at the 4th Annual Parsons Viking Duals.

The Wildcats pose for a team picture after going 4-1 and taking 2nd place at the 4th Annual Parsons Viking Duals.

Opening the day, LHS dropped Labette County by a score of 65-15. Labette County, who had been battling injuries and illnesses all week, only had six wrestlers on their roster this weekend. LHS won the next dual 70-12 against a Parsons squad that was also short of numbers. Now up against a full squad, the Wildcats faced the Lebanon JV team. The score was tight until the 182-pound match, and LHS won the next four matches by pin to finish with a 52-29 score. The final round of duals in the pool saw #2 seed Louisburg against #3 seed Independence. Indy took the lead early with four straight victories, but LHS ran the gauntlet with six unanswered victories to take charge of the dual. The final score was 41-30. Taking a 4-0 record into the finals, the Wildcats faced a familiar foe. It was a rematch of last year’s finals between Louisburg and Lebanon. Lebanon took the lead early and never looked back, winning 9 matches by pin.

One Wildcat came away undefeated on the day. Freshman Ryan Adams was 5-0 at 138 lbs. with 2 pins and 2 tech falls. Adams had the most tech falls out of all wrestlers in the tournament. Sophomore Nathan Keegan was 4-1 at 113 lbs., with his only loss being a 2-1 decision against Independence. Senior Zach Knox was 4-1 at 132 lbs., senior Brenton Wrigley was 4-1 at 195 lbs., and sophomore Mason Koechner was 4-1 at 220 lbs. Knox’s lone loss was to a Missouri state medalist from Lebanon. Wrigley made huge strides by beating the #5 ranked wrestler from Independence by a score of 5-3. Wrigley took the lead early with a quick ankle pick to his opponent’s back, nearly pinning him in the 1st period. Koechner led the team with 4 pins, and his only loss was to the #3 ranked wrestler from Parsons. Five Wildcats were 3-2: freshman Tucker Batten (1 pin, 1 major), sophomore Ben Hupp (1 pin, 1 major), junior Jordan Crowder (3 pins), sophomore Lyndon Smith (1 pin), and junior Anders Vance (2 pins). This was Vance’s first tournament back after suffering a concussion in early January.

Freshman Kyle Allen continues to fill in at 120 lbs. after Keegan dropped down a weight, finishing the day 2-3. Junior Chris Turner is filling in at 145 for Connor Green, who is out with a rib injury. Junior Dillin Roberts is filling in at 152 for Zach Jones, who is also out with a rib injury. Turner and Roberts were both 2-3. Freshman Thad Hendrix suited up at 106 to take a forfeit against Parsons, but that was his only match of the day. Juniors Jacob Mitchell (145 lbs.) and Bradley Trageser (285 lbs.) wrestled exhibition matches. Mitchell won his exhibition 9-3 and Trageser was 1-1, winning by pin in the first and losing by pin in the second.

Next week, we will return to Baldwin for the 14th Annual Baldwin Invitational Tournament. This tournament features only 4A teams, including some of the top teams in the state.

Individual Results:
106 lbs. – Thad Hendrix (fr.) 1-0
113 lbs. – Nathan Keegan (so.) 4-1, 1 pin
120 lbs. – Kyle Allen (fr.) 2-3
126 lbs. – Tucker Batten (fr.) 3-2, 1 pin, 1 major
132 lbs. – Zach Knox (sr.) 4-1, 1 pin
138 lbs. – Ryan Adams (fr.) 5-0, 2 pins, 2 tech falls
145 lbs. – Chris Turner (jr.) 2-3, 1 pin
145 lbs. – Jacob Mitchell (jr.) 1-0 (unattached)
152 lbs. – Dillin Roberts (jr.) 2-3, 2 pins
160 lbs. – Ben Hupp (so.) 3-2, 1 pin, 1 major
170 lbs. – Jordan Crowder (jr.) 3-2, 3 pins
182 lbs. – Lyndon Smith (so.) 3-2, 1 pin
195 lbs. – Brenton Wrigley (sr.) 4-1, 1 pin
220 lbs. – Mason Koechner (so.) 4-1, 4 pins
285 lbs. – Anders Vance (jr.) 3-2, 2 pins
285 lbs. – Bradley Trageser (jr.) 1-1, 1 pin (unattached)

Dual Results:
LHS 65, Labette County 15
LHS 70, Parsons 12
LHS 52, Lebanon JV 29
LHS 41, Independence 30
Lebanon 63, LHS 15

Dual Record: 4-1 (8-3 overall)

Team Placing: 2nd place out of 10 teams

Next CompetitionBaldwin Invitational (January 31, 2015)

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