Five Eagles return with medals from St. Francis

By Lacey Windholz
The Trego wrestlers made the long journey to St. Francis for the St. Francis Invitational on December 3, but they made the trip worthwhile by bringing home five medals.

With a 3-0 record, John Kuhn (113) brought home a first place medal. Kuhn won by a major decision over Cade Rockwell from Wray (9-1); pinned his opponent, Remington Hielsher from Holyoke; and won the first place match with a decision of 4-2 over Kurt Schroefer from Colby.

Placing second, Tanner Lowry (182) had a record of 2-1. Lowry pinned both Will Crouse from Atwood-Rawlins County and Tucker Harkins from Goodland. However, Lowry lost to Hayden Wiltfong from Norton in a 1-4 decision.

Bringing home a fourth place medal, Trevor DePriest (145) had a record of 2-2. DePriest won against his opponent Deacon Dittmer from Holyoke with a decision of 6-3 but lost to Travis Finley from Colby by a fall. DePriest came back in his third match to pin Javier Arambula from Wray. However, DePriest lost his final match to Simon Bassett by a decision of 0-4.

Also placing fourth was Hunter Folsom, who wrestled at 170. He won in a 4-3 decision over Dylan Prelle from Sterling but fell to Carlos Tarin. Folsom then turned around to pin Frank Mendoza from Greenly County.  In his last match, Folsom lost to Sawyer Skolout from Atwood- Rawlins County by a decision of 4-7.

Brady Mattke (285) brought home a fourth place medal with a record of 2-2. Mattke had some up and down matches. In his first match, he pinned opponent, Jesse Hermosillo from Wichita County but in his second match, fell to Ethan Jay from Colby.  Mattke returned to the mat to pin Kody Edzards from Greenly County. In his last match, Mattke lost to Luis Ledesma from Goodland by a pin.

Other wrestlers who participated were Parker Opat (220) and Dillion Dunn (195).

Kuhn commented on how all the wrestlers competed at St. Francis.

“I feel like at the St. Francis Tourney that our determination was showing. If we go to each tournament with the same attitude, we should bring a good handful [of wrestlers] to state.”

The TCHS wrestlers will compete again in Ellis in a dual on December 9.