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Great Bend wrestlers compete at Colorado
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Wrestlers representing Great Bend and Russell competed in the Pueblo (Colo.) West dual tournament.

Panther wrestlers compete in Colorado


PUEBLO, COLO. — The Great Bend High wrestling program won seven of eight matches at the Pueblo West dual tournament this past weekend. Great Bend’s Drew Liles finished 9-0 and Kaden Spragis earned a 5-0 record.  

“Drew has recovered from his elbow injury last year and wasn’t wearing his brace,” Great Bend coach Nathan Broeckelman. “He wrestled back to his normal self. He had tough matches. Kaden Spragis wrestled well. He’ll enter our lineup next year. Wyatt Weber looked really tough. He’s learning to control his emotions.” 

Russell’s Stephen Baldwin and Jacob Windholz and Andover’s Ross Mills joined the Great Bend wrestlers on the trip. The team camped outdoors near Pueblo, Colo. 

“It was a great experience and mat time,” said Broeckelman. “It’s good off-season training for next year. Our goal is to get as much mat time as possible. The extra mat time helps them fix different things, learn new technique and try different moves. Now, we can get ready for the 2nd Grapple on the Gridiron June 28-29.”

The Great Bend wrestling event Friday and Saturday features training from Division 1 All-American Preston Weigel from Oklahoma State and a session by Wrestling Mindset’s Beau Tillman, a multi-state champion from Pratt. 

Twenty teams are registered, two New Mexico teams, including state runner-up Carlsbad, N.M. two Colorado teams and Geary, Okla. Fifteen Kansas teams will compete.

“It’s exciting to see other teams and see different styles of wrestling,” Broeckelman said.

Hays High graduate Preston Weigel (16-1) finished third in the NCAA 197-pound division with a 7-1 victory over Princeton’s Pat Brucki. Weigel will conduct a two-hour training session at 8 a.m. Tillman’s session will start at 3 p.m.

“I love what Beau does with his program,” Broeckelman said. “Anything we can get him in our wrestling room, it’s a good thing.”

Dual matches start at 10 a.m. Friday with sessions scheduled at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. indoors at the PAC and 8:30 p.m. under the Memorial Stadium lights.


Team record 7-1 (loss to Colo. state runner-up Pueblo East)

Panthers def. Pueblo West No. 2 80-6

Panthers def. Falcon 49-12

Panthers def. Pine Creek/Fowler 60-12

Panthers def. Denver North 69-0

Panthers def. Pueblo Central 45-22

Panthers def. Pueblo Centennial 48-9

Panthers def. Pueblo West No. 1 74-41

Pueblo East def. Panthers 36-27


Drew Liles 9-0—7 pins

Kaden Spragis 5-0—2 pins

Quinn Hoffman 4-0—4 pins

Eli Witte 3-0—2 pins

Skylar McMullen 2-0—2 pins

Wyatt Weber 6-1—5 pins

Ross Mills 5-1—5 pins

Scott Heilman 4-1—4 pins

Gage Fritz 3-1—2 pins

Alex Randolph 3-1—3 pins

Cooper Liles 3-1—3 pins

Ever Chavez 3-1—2 pins

Owen Ridgeway 5-2—4 pin

Avery Wolf 5-2—5 pins

Jacob Windholz 4-2—3 pins

John Szot 3-2—3 pins

Stephen Baldwin 5-3—2 pins

Kaidence Sanchez 5-4—4 pins

Jesus Villegas 2-2—1 pin

Adiran Hurtado 2-3—2 pins

Overall Record—80-27—67 pins

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The Great Bend wrestlers competed in Colorado