|Wrestlers travel to Arapahoe|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 29 January 2015 17:43|
Both Matthew Knotts (above) and Cody Barrett (below), shown wrestling earlier in the season, picked up wins at Saturday’s RPAC Tournament. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade wrestling team traveled to Arapahoe Saturday for the RPAC Tourament.
Cody Barrett (7-9) lost both matches by decision in the 106-pound bracket.
Coach Chad Cochran said Barrett wrestled well against eventual champion Tyler Kapperman (21-8).
“Colton was on his back early in the match but fought back to get Kapperman on his back at the end of the third.With a little more time he could have got the pin,” said Cochran.
Kapperman defeated Zach Janousek (9-3) of Hitchcock County 6-5 to win the weight class.
In the eight-man 126-pound bracket, Matthew Knotts picked up his first win of the season.
“We were excited for Matt getting his first win of the season. It came in an unusual fashion though. Matt got an early takedown and had good control. Matt returned him to the mat and unfortunately the kid hurt his knee and couldn’t continue,” Cochran said.
Willis Christner wrestled in the 152-pound bracket.
Cochran said Christner was in a touch bracket, but Cochran thought Christner did a good job bouncing back after each match.
Cody Barrett finished fifth in the eight-man, 160 pound weight class.
After three matches in his pool, Cody Barrett had a really good match against Cambridge’s Dusty Runner in the first round of finals according to Cochran.
“Cody wrestled tough against Runner and ended up getting the pin. We need to get him to wrestle like that all the time,” said Cochran.
Gage Crowell (13-11) went 2-1 in his pool, losing to 31-5 Asic Helbert of Southwest.
In the finals round, Crowell lost to 16-14 Scott Tayler of Medicine Valley and in the third place match, to 23-12 Tre Norman of Southern Valley.
“Gage ended up getting fourth after a really tough match against Norman of Southern Valley. With a loss to Norman earlier in the season, we knew Gage was in for a hard match. Gage took Norman to his back right off the whistle and had him on his back for the near fall. It was back and forth for the rest of the first and second periods with Gage controlling the majority of the match. In the middle of the third period Norman scored a takedown and finished with a pin,” said Cochran.
WP will be at Medicine Valley Friday and Arapahoe Saturday. The Broncos’ last regular meet will be Feb. 7 at Southwest with Districts being Feb. 13 and 14.
“We will have a busy couple days this week with back to back tournaments. It’s hard to believe that we are down to the last few weeks of the season already,” said Cochran.