|Crowell falls to fourth, sixth place finishers at state|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:25|
Gage Crowell opened the State Wrestling Championships with a loss to eventual fourth place finisher Patrick Dempsey of Friend. Dempsey entered the meet ranked number two and finished fourth with a 39-6 record. (Alan Carman | The Imperial Republican)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Gage Crowell wrapped up the wrestling season last weekend in Omaha.
Crowell lost both his matches at the state meet, but both opponents placed in the 160 pound class.
Opening Friday with Patrick Dempsey of Friend, Crowell was pinned in the first period. Dempsey entered the tournament ranked second in Class D and finished fourth.
In the consolation round Saturday afternoon, Crowell faced Tommy Campbell of Wilcox-Hildreth.
Coach Chad Cochran said Crowell came out with a “little more fire” against Campbell.
“Gage started strong with a takedown first period and rode Campbell out for the remainder of the period,” said Cochran. “In the second period, Campbell chose neutral. Gage had a nice shot but couldn’t finish it. Campbell ended up getting the takedown this time and eventually finished with a pin.”
Campbell placed sixth.
Experience of State Meet
Cochran said the weekend was a great experience for Gage and the other WP wrestlers who went along.
“The first year at the state tournament is always a little overwhelming,” said Cochran. “Hopefully he got all the jitters out this year and we can have some success at the state meet next year.”
Season Wrap Up
Crowell finished the season 19-18.
“Gage had a good season and I am happy with the improvements made from last year,” said Cochran. “I am confident he will continue to improve for next year.”
Sophomores Cody Barrett and Joseph Sramek also wrestled for WP.
Cochran said it was a tough year for the pair, but thought they did a great job.
“Cody and Joseph learned a lot and improved drastically from the beginning of the season. I look forward to having all these guys back next year,” said Cochran.