|Two meets in two days, one meet remaining for Bronco wrestlers|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:14|
Willis Christner tries to get a firm grip on Southern Valley’s Sam Hunt during Friday’s Medicine Valley Invite. (Imperial Republican Photo)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade wrestling team inched closer to the end of the season last week with meets at Medicine Valley and Arapahoe on Friday and Saturday.
In the 106-pound bracket, Colton Barrett was able to avenge a loss against Tate Coss from Garden County at the Medicine Valley meet.
Even though Barrett went 1-2 at Arapahoe, Coach Chad Cochran said Barrett did really well, leading 23-9 Tyler Kapperman into the final period before trying a new move that led to Barrett’s pin.
“Colton did a good job controlling the match,” said Cochran. “Both matches at Arapahoe could have gone either way.”
Matthew Knotts, at 126 pounds, didn’t win any matches over the two days.
“Matthew isn’t confident yet and spends too much time on the defensive,” said Cochran. “He’s in a really tough class and when he gets to be more aggressive he’ll be fine.”
Willis Christner wrestled two matches each day. For the second week in a row Christner was stuck facing off against 40-3 Sam Hunt of Southern Valley.
Cochran said if a wrestler doesn’t get off to a good start early in the season, it can hurt down the road as wrestlers are seeded according to their record.
“Willis has a good attitude” despite the tough seeds, said Cochran. “He’s starting to feel like he’s getting the hang of it.”
Cochran said Christner was leading in the last period of his match against Ryan Weekley of Stapleton, and “got caught” trying a new move.
Gage Crowell moved to 16-11 in the 170 pound weight class.
Going 1-2 at Medicine Valley, Cochran said Crowell bounced back well at Arapahoe.
Crowell pinned all three opponents at the Arapahoe meet to win first place.
Cochran said the team held up well with back-to-back meets and added it’s nice having five days to prepare for Saturday’s Southwest Invite, the season’s last regular meet.
“The Medicine Valley meet is one of the biggest we go to and the Southwest meet this weekend is another big one,” said Cochran.
Gage Crowell takes down Scott Taylor in the pair’s match Friday at Medicine Valley. (Imperial Republican Photo)