Eagles soar at Ellis

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By Lacey Windholz
The Trego Eagle wrestlers brought home several individual medals and a second place team medal from Ellis on December 9. The team ended the tournament with 160 points.

John Kuhn made quick work of all his matches and pinned all of his opponents, easily taking the gold in the 113 weight class. He pinned Inigo Barrena Carpio from Hoisington; Zach Doss from Hoisington; Colton Bacon from Council Grove; Raymond Johnston from Hillsboro; and Reece Kroeger from Ellis.

Also taking home the gold was Trevor DePriest in the 145 weight class. DePriest won his first match by a major decision over Keaton Rudolph from Goodland (11-1). He won his second match by pinning his opponent Armando Mascote from Council Grove. DePriest had a bye for his third match, but in his next match, he pinned Cole Swenson from Ellis. In his final match, Depriest won by a decision over Travis King from Hillsboro (6-1).

Another gold medalist from the night was Dillion Dunn taking the 195 weight class by a storm. While Dunn’s first match was a bye, he moved on to his next two matches to pin both Zach Rubio from Hoisington and Benjamin Schneider from Hoisington.

Tanner Lowry took the silver in the 182 weight class. Lowry won his first match by pinning Preston Gilbert from Council Grove. Lowry also pinned Trey Bitter from Hoisington  and Jared Curtis from Hoisington. However, Lowry then lost his final match again Sean Urban from Hoisington in a 2-7 decision.

Also taking a silver home from Ellis was Hunter Folsom (170). Folsom pinned his first opponent Jake Curtis from Hoisington but lost to Wyatt Pedigo from Hoisington by a major decision (2-10).  That was Folsom's only loss of the day as he went on to defeat Janden Priest  in a 20-6 major decision. He then pinned his next two opponents: Blayn Waters from Goodland and Caden Huff from Stockton.

Another second place medalist was Brady Mattke in the 285 weight class. Mattke pinned Brady Block from Council Grove and Ben Wallace from Ellis. While Mattke received a bye for his third match, he returned to the mat to pin Riley Philborn from Hoisington. However, Mattke fell to Landen Urban from Hoisington in the first place match.

Parker Opat (220) brought home a third place medal from Ellis. Opat fell to Cade Bocberger from Hoisington, but Opat received a bye for his second match. During his final match, Opat fell to Josh Smith from Ellis.

Other participants were Colby Burkhart (160) and Blake Spencer (160).

Trevor DePriest commented on what he thinks is contributing to the team’s success for this season:

“I think that the hard work that everybody is putting in is starting to pay off. The nice thing about it though is that it is early in the season and we still have a lot of time to improve. Another thing that I think is helping us all be successful is that we are all really close as a team and we help each other out a lot when we are on and off the mat.”

The TCHS wrestlers will have their next match December 16.