By Coach Nate Brown
The Indians made the short trip to Scott City for the annual Scott City Classic on January 18th. Thirteen schools were represented and the Indian grapplers ended up with a 6th place finish overall. Most of the Indians were able to get at least one win on the day, and Jesse Gardner brought home another championship at the 160 lb weight class. Coach Brown said, “Overall it was a good day. A few injuries and illness kept us from finishing a bit higher in the team scores, but on the individual side we had some success.” The tournament was the debut wrestling event in the new Scott Community Event Center which opened earlier this year.
On the individual side of things, Jesse Gardner had another strong performance bringing home another gold medal. Gardner faced Scott City’s Kale Wheeler in the semi-finals, who he beat in a 5-0 decision and then faced off for a re-match against Kyler Henry of Cimarron in the finals. He prevailed over Henry in a 5-1 decision for the gold. “Jesse continues to improve each week. He’s building the confidence that is necessary to advance to the post season next month,” said Brown.
Other notable performances by the Indians were fourth place finishes by Chandler Seaton at 182 lbs., and Juan Mancillas at 220 lbs. Tristen Porter was on his way to a good finish before being side-lined by an injury. The Indians continue to look for improvement as the season moves along. “We have a few minor things to clean up over the next couple weeks. A few small mistakes cost us a couple matches. Look for us to fix those issues and finish higher in the medals over the next few weeks,” said Brown.
The Indians will be on the road over the next couple weeks, traveling to Atwood and Ellis. Fans can catch the Indians at the Buffalo Invite in Atwood on January 25th beginning at 9:30 AM. The following week, the Indians travel to Ellis for the Northwest Kansas Tournament of Champions. Wrestling Action begins at 1:00 PM on January 31. Hope to see everyone out supporting the Indians.
Kyron Koehn - 132 lbs - beat Anguiano, Ulysses, lost to Cooper, St. Francis, lost to Munoz, Holcomb.
Tristen Porter - 145 lbs - pinned Irwin, Scott City, lost to Alboyd, Larned, lost to Ramirez, Holcomb.
Trevor Biermann - 152 lbs. - lost to Mendoza, Hugoton, lost to Whitham, Leoti.
Dane Whitham - lost to Johnson, Holcomb, pinned Biermann, Leoti, lost to Medellin, Scott City.
Jesse Gardner - 160 lbs - 1st Place - pinned Kenny, Brewster, beat Wheeler, Scott City, beat Henry, Cimarron.
German Hernandez - 170 lbs - lost to Holmes, Ulysses, beat Lang, TMP, lost to Pfiefer, TMP, lost to Miller, Scott City.
Chandler Seaton - 182 lbs - 4th - pinned Degallado, Ulysses, lost to Goodman, Scott City, pinned McCandless, Stafford, lost to Garcia, Hugoton.
Juan Mancillas - 220 lbs - 4th - pinned Frances, Scott City, lost to Garrison, Ulysses, pinned Hawks, Hugoton, lost to Frances, Scott City.
By Coach Nate Brown
The Indian wrestlers began the year 2020 at a triangular in Cimarron taking on the Blue Jays and the Dodge City Red Demons. Unfortunately, not having a complete roster of all the weight classes makes it very difficult to win team dual competitions, but the Indians did well in the weight classes in which they were represented, only losing 3 varsity matches on the day. Coach Brown said, “We have the positions filled pretty well in the middle weights, but have struggled to find little guys and then the bigger guys. Giving up 6 points for every open weight class makes scoring points in duals tough. I thought we represented Leoti very well, winning most of our matches and finishing the day 11-7 overall.”
After failing to write an article over the holidays, it needs to be mentioned that the Indians competed in the Goodland Holiday Classic on December 21st. Jesse Gardner brought home the Indians only gold medal from this tough tournament, but overall it was good day. Jesse had Konnor Pfeifer of Ellis in the finals. Gardner and Pfeifer have been wrestling rivals since the early days of kids wrestling and it’s always a good matchup. After falling to Pfeifer at regionals last year, Gardner was able to get the win in Goodland. “I was extremely proud of Jesse and how he managed to remain mentally tough and control the match from the beginning. This was a milestone he needed to conquer and should provide a boost moving forward this season,” said Brown. This rivalry will continue as Gardner and Pfeifer will most likely meet several more times this season including this weekend in Scott City.
The Indians look for individual success over the next couple weeks with tournaments in Scott City and Atwood. “We have some tough kids and they typically excel in the tournament situations”, said Brown. The Indians appreciate all the fans who come support our efforts. The Scott City Classic begins at 10:00 AM on January 18th and we’d love to see you there. There will be some tough kids from all over Western Kansas and there will be lots of exciting matches. The week after, the Indians travel to Atwood for the Buffalo Invitational on 25th.
Individual Results from Cimarron
145 - Cordell Brown - lost to Johnson, CIM and pinned Flores, DC.
152 - Trevor Biermann - lost to Harmon, CIM, lost to Legg, CIM.
170 - German Hernandez - lost to Elias, CIM, pinned Levario DC.
132 - Kyron Koehn - pinned Harmon, CIM, beat Ramirz, DC by Major Dec.
145 - Tristen Porter - beat Molinar, CIM by Maj. Dec., beat Thornbrugh, DC by Maj. Dec.
152 - Dane Whitham - pinned Sefried, CIM, lost to Andozola, DC.
160 - Jesse Gardner - beat Henry, CIM by Dec., pinned Velasquez, DC.
170 - Aron Castillo - lost to Seabolt, CIM, lost to Levario, DC.
182 - Chandler Seaton - pinned Bogner, CIM, beat Speakman, DC by Maj. Dec.
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