BY JIM MISUNAS
PRATT — Hoisington High’s Christopher Ball, a two-time state champion, won three matches to capture the 152-pound division at the Pratt Wrestling Tournament. Ball pinned two foes and beat Pratt’s Kadence Riner 4-0 in the championship match.
Cardinals Tanner Cassity (138) and Sean Urban (170) and Wyatt Pedigo (182) all placed second. Joshua Ball (160) finished third. Augusta’s Avin George defeated Cassity 9-7 for first place. Scott City’s Wyatt Hayes downed Urban 5-0 in the finals. Holcomb’s Chance Rodriguez defeated Pedigo 12-0 for first place.
The Cardinals earned valuable points from Cole Steinert (120), Dayne Yott (145) and Riley Philbern (285). All three qualifeid for the consolation semifinals before losing.
“Our coaching staff was very pleased with our performance,” said Hoisington coach Dan Schmidt. “We saw many bright spots to be encouraged about for down the road. All of our kids wrestled with grit and determination. We’re completely retooled from the team we had last year at the end of the season as only four of the wrestlers who participated on our team were here last year. Those four all made it to the finals. In time, this team is going to make a strong impact at the state tournament.”
The Cardinals scored 137.5 to finish fourth behind Scott City (151.5), Augusta (147) and Pratt (137.5). The Cardinals finished ahead of 6A Wichita Northwest, 5A Goodard Eisenhower, 5A Liberal.
TEAM TOTALS—1—Scott City 151.5; 2—Augusta 147; 3—Pratt 137.5; 4—Hoisington 115; 5—Goddard Eisenhower 109; 6—Andale 88; 7—Ulysses 86; 8—Liberal 79; 9—Wichita Northwest 71; 10—Nickerson 61; 11—Holcomb 57.5; 12—Chaparral 57; 13—Buhler 48
106—Quentin Boxberger, HHS (0-2); Gabe Fox, Augusta pinned Boxberger, 1:34 Israel Garza, Eisenhower pinned Boxberger, 0:58
113—Nicolas Rubio, HHS (0-2); Gage Cooper, Nickerson pinned Rubio, 1:06; Brandon Roberts, Scott City pinned Rubio, 1:33
120—Cole Steinert, HHS (1-2); Angel Bird, Wichita-Northwest pinned Steinert, 0:40; Steinert pinned Collin Jackson, Augusta, 4:31; Dylan Cox, Pratt def. Steinert, 10-6
126—Jarrett Shives, HHS (0-2); Sebastian Munoz, Holcomb def. Shives, 15-4; Hugo Lopez, Liberal def. Shives, 12-5
138—Tanner Cassity, HHS (2-1), 2nd; Cassity pinned Roman Garcia, Ulysses, 0:14; Cassity def. Nick Elliott, Buhler, 8-3; 1st Place—Avin George, Augusta def. Cassity, 9-7
145—Dayne Yott, HHS (3-2); Yott pinned Justin Hundertmark, Scott City, 1:33; Dayne Holmgren, Eisenhower def. Yott, 16-0; Yott pinned Ceetyn Anderson, Augusta, 1:48; Yott pinned Alex Medina, Holcomb, 2:30; Alonso Martinez, Ulysses pinned Yott, 0:52
152—Christopher Ball, HHS (3-0), 1stt; Ball pinned Eli Aouad, Andale, 0:36; Ball pinned Carlos Mora, Liberal, 1:20; 1st Place—Ball def. Kadence Riner, Pratt, 4-0
160—Joshua Ball, HHS (4-1), 3rd; Ball pinned Matthew Boyer, Ulysses, 4:53; Jarret Jurgens, Scott City pinned Ball, 1:20; Ball pinned Jamar Martin, Wichita-Northwest, 3:42; Ball def. Jadon Koehler, Pratt, 10-9; 3rd Place—Ball pinned Dylan Stewert, Nickerson, 1:44
170—Sean Urban, HHS (2-1) 2nd; Urban def. Caden Blankenship, Pratt, 4-2, OT; Urban def. Tanner Johnson, Holcomb, 5-4; 1st Place—Wyatt Hayes, Scott City def. Urban, 5-0
182—Wyatt Pedigo, HHS (2-1), 2nd; Pedigo pinned Cale Goodmanm Sdcott City, 5:58; Pedigo def. Justin Lamatsch, pratt, 6-3; 1st Place—Chance Rodriguez, Holcomb def. Pedigo, 12-0
195— Jason Bradley, HHS (0-2); Kyle Sherwood. Scott City pinned Bradley, 1;28; Alex Corpus, Ulysses def. Bradley, 5-0
220—Zach Rubio, HHS (0-2); Brad Briggs, Buhler pinned Rubio, 1:02; Jaime Arenivas, Liberal pinned Rubio, 4:42
285—Riley Philbern, HHS (2-2); Juan Interial, Holcomb pinned Philbern, 1:05; Philbern pinned Derek Yuza, Eisenhower, 2:42; Philbern pinned Jon Cole, Buhler, 3:29; Kendal Davis, Augusta def. Philbern, 5-0