Trego wrestling participates in the Western Kansas Tournament of Champions

Working quickly, John Kuhn pins his opponent in the Western Kansas Tournament of Champions on January 27.
By Helen Giefer
Eagle wrestlers competed very well in the Western Kansas Tournament of Champions in Ellis on January 27.

Senior John Kuhn excelled and took first place in the 113 weight group. He pinned Zach Sherman of Hoxie, Austin Niblock of Phillipsburg, Colton Ketterl of Oberlin, and Reece Kroeger of Ellis.

Placing fourth, Tanner Lowry (182) won his first round after receiving a bye. Next, he pinned Colton Heskett of Hoxie. He was pinned by Hayden Wiltfong of Norton in semifinals; then he pinned Ryan Junkermeier of Plainville. In the last round, he took a loss to Dayton Kempt of Oberlin by decision.

Also medaling, Hunter Folsom (170) took fourth place. He won by decision over Sawyer Skolout of Rawlins County in his first round; then he was pinned by Chase Ryan of Smith Center. In his next round, he pinned Cory Mead of Oakley, but Gabe Hamel of Hill City won by decision over Folsom in the third place match.

Brady Mattke (285) also placed fourth. He received a bye in round one, and came back to pin Kody Edzards of Greeley County in the quarterfinal. However, in semifinals, Taye Washington of Hoxie pinned Mattke, and Mattke was once again pinned by Zeke Jiminez from Oberlin. In the third place match, Avery Hawkins of Smith Center won by fall over Mattke.

Also participating, Trevor Depriest (145) made 1.00 team points, Blake Spencer (160), scored 0.00 team points, Dillon Dunn (195) scored 4.00, and Parker Opat (220) made 0.00.

The wrestlers will next compete in Leoti on February 3.