|Four wrestlers go the distance for WP|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 26 February 2016 18:22|
Senior Cody Barrett finished the wrestling season with a 9-18 record. (Alan Carman | Johnson Publications)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
It wasn’t an easy season for the Wauneta-Palisade wrestling team, but Evan Nordhausen, Colton Barrett, Willis Christner and Cody Barrett persevered.
The Broncos started the season with seven athletes on the team.
The season was “plagued with injuries and a some other issues,” Coach Chad Cochran said.
Freshman Nordhausen finished his season with a 1-22 record in the 106-pound weight class. Nordhausen was often the lightest wrestler in the class.
Christner, a sophomore, went 2-21 in the 152-pound class.
“Evan and Willis both had tough seasons with only a couple of wins between them. I was happy they stuck it out this season and always came back each week ready to wrestle,” Cochran said.
Colton Barrett moved up to the 126-pound weight division as a sophomore this year and finished with a 10-21 record.
The team’s lone senior, Cody Barrett went 8-16 at 170 pounds.
Both Barretts fell one win short of going to the state meet, a goal that Cochran said was a possibility heading into districts. Cochrand added that missing out on state was tough for the senior.
“I told everyone, as long as you left it all on the mat and gave it everything you had then you have nothing to regret,” Cochran said.
Cochran said the team saw great improvement, especially the younger wrestler, and this year’s experience will hopefully pay off next year.
“This was a fun group of guys to work with, let me tell you, everyday at practice was interesting,” Cochran said. “I never knew what I was going to see or hear walking into the wrestling room.”