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Indians 2nd In Atwood Invitational


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5c45d064c3354 The Indians pose for a photo after the Atwood Invitational. Photo shared by Shawna Blanka

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The Indians pose for a photo after the Atwood Invitational.

On Saturday, January 19, the St. Francis High School wrestling team competed in the Buffalo Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Atwood. The Indians placed second in the eleven-team tournament scoring 118 team points to edge 3rd-place Leoti-Wichita County by one point. The Indians had seven individuals place in the top six positions in the tournament. Gavin Cooper and Tiernan Poling won their respective weight classes. Shadryon Blanka and Seth Hilt placed 2nd. Tyson Poling earned 3rd place, Jayce Nider 4th, and Perla Yanez 6th.

Wray, Colorado, ran away with the tournament championship scoring 292.5 team points. St. Francis and Wichita County placed 2nd and 3rd with 118 and 117 respectively. Sedgwick County (Fleming, Colorado) placed 4th with 97.5 points. The remainder of the teams finished in the following order:  5th - Garden City 88, 6th - Rawlins County 87, 7th - Colby - 82.5, 8th - Trego Community 20, 9th - Brewster 19, 10th - Decatur Community 8, and 11th - Goodland 6.

Individual results for the Indian wrestlers are listed below.

106
Perla Yanez
(2-11) placed 6th and scored 0.0 team points. Click here to view the 106 bracket.

Round 1 - Conner Lanning (Colby High School) 12-9 won by fall over Perla Yanez 2-11 (Fall 0:16)
Round 2 - Marco Martinez (Sedgwick County-Fleming) 18-2 won by fall over Perla Yanez 2-11 (Fall 3:34)
Round 3 - Corbin Wessel (Oberlin-Decatur Comm) 5-6 won by fall over Perla Yanez 2-11 (Fall 0:39)
Round 4 - Cole Rockwell (Wray) 20-2 won by fall over Perla Yanez 2-11 (Fall 0:45)
Round 5 - Carlos Ramos-Reyes (Garden City) 2-12 won by major decision over Perla Yanez 2-11 (MD 19-5)

120
Garin Cooper
(15-4) placed 1st and scored 24.0 team points. Click here to view the 120 bracket.

Champ. Round 1 - Garin Cooper 15-4 won by fall over Dawson Arnold (Wakeeney-Trego Community) 3-18 (Fall 5:15)
Quarterfinal - Garin Cooper 15-4 won by fall over Gabriel Counts (Colby High School) 2-3 (Fall 5:20)
Semifinal - Garin Cooper 15-4 won by decision over Hayden Burr (Sedgwick County-Fleming) 11-13 (Dec 2-1)
1st Place Match - Garin Cooper 15-4 won by decision over Dax Collins (Wray) 9-7 (Dec 5-3)

126
Aaron White
(7-9) scored 7.0 team points. Click here to view the 126 bracket.

Champ. Round 1 - Aaron White 7-9 won by fall over Matthew Hafliger (Wakeeney-Trego Community) 2-5 (Fall 1:10)
Quarterfinal - Tristen Porter (Leoti-Wichita Co) 12-8 won by decision over Aaron White 7-9 (Dec 7-4)
Cons. Round 2 - Aaron White (St. Francis) 7-9 won by fall over Eli Mills 5-8 (Fall 0:11)
Cons. Round 3 - Kedan Frahm (Colby High School) 18-8 won by fall over Aaron White 7-9 (Fall 4:10)

126
Caleb Todd
(0-6)

Champ. Round 1 - Kedan Frahm (Colby High School) 18-8 won by fall over Caleb Todd 0-6 (Fall 0:44)
Cons. Round 1 - Caleb Todd 0-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Cade Migchelbrink (Atwood-Rawlins Co) 3-4 won by decision over Caleb Todd 0-6 (Dec 10-8)

126
Eli Mills
(5-8)

Champ. Round 1 - Joel Muller (Sedgwick County-Fleming) 13-7 won by decision over Eli Mills 5-8 (Dec 5-4)
Cons. Round 1 - Eli Mills 5-8 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Aaron White 7-9 won by fall over Eli Mills 5-8 (Fall 0:11)

132
Tiernan Poling
(18-3) placed 1st and scored 28.0 team points. Click here to view the 132 bracket.

Champ. Round 1 - Tiernan Poling 18-3 won by fall over Chris Brahmbhatt (Garden City) 2-11 (Fall 0:49)
Quarterfinal - Tiernan Poling 18-3 won by fall over Garrett Kuhn (Wakeeney-Trego Community) 2-12 (Fall 0:27)
Semifinal - Tiernan Poling 18-3 won by fall over Matthew Schritter (Colby High School) 4-1 (Fall 3:35)
1st Place Match - Tiernan Poling 18-3 won by fall over Dillon Schmidt (Wray) 9-6 (Fall 3:59)

132
Shannon Rethke
(7-6)

Champ. Round 1 - Julian Martinez (Garden City) 15-11 won by fall over Shannon Rethke 7-6 (Fall 0:53)
Cons. Round 1 - Shannon Rethke 7-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 2 - Shannon Rethke 7-6 won by fall over Garrett Kuhn (Wakeeney-Trego Community) 2-12 (Fall 2:15)
Cons. Round 3 - Alonso Marquez (Garden City) 6-7 won by fall over Shannon Rethke 7-6 (Fall 1:16)

138
Sam Dovico
(1-6) Click here to view the 138 bracket.

Champ. Round 1 - Sam Dovico 1-6 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Tyler Collins (Wray) 23-1 won by fall over Sam Dovico 1-6 (Fall 0:23)
Cons. Round 2 - Coben Hawkins (Leoti-Wichita Co) 3-8 won by fall over Sam Dovico 1-6 (Fall 1:45)

138
Arthur Albuquerque
(3-8)

Champ. Round 1 - Arthur Albuquerque 3-8 received a bye () (Bye)
Quarterfinal - Thomas Dennis (Colby High School) 10-3 won by fall over Arthur Albuquerque 3-8 (Fall 1:10)
Cons. Round 2 - Arthur Albuquerque 3-8 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 - Erwin Flores (Atwood-Rawlins Co) 5-3 won by decision over Arthur Albuquerque 3-8 (Dec 11-5)

145
Jayce Nider (10-9)
placed 4th and scored 11.0 team points. Click here to view the 145 bracket.

Quarterfinal - Jayce Nider 10-9 won by fall over Gavin Garza (Wakeeney-Trego Community) 9-16 (Fall 3:40)
Semifinal - Eddie Hanson (Atwood-Rawlins Co) 8-5 won by decision over Jayce Nider 10-9 (Dec 10-5)
Cons. Semi - Jayce Nider 10-9 won by fall over Alex Alcala (Sedgwick County-Fleming) 3-19 (Fall 2:55)
3rd Place Match - Gavin Garza (Wakeeney-Trego Community) 9-16 won by fall over Jayce Nider 10-9 (Fall 3:51)

152
Tyson Poling (10-7)
placed 3rd and scored 16.0 team points. Click here to view the 152 bracket.

Quarterfinal - Tyson Poling 10-7 won by fall over Dane Whitham (Leoti-Wichita Co) 5-11 (Fall 1:45)
Semifinal - Emmanuel Huerta (Wray) 16-2 won by fall over Tyson Poling 10-7 (Fall 0:55)
Cons. Semi - Tyson Poling 10-7 won by fall over Jakob Koon (Colby High School) 1-8 (Fall 1:19)
3rd Place Match - Tyson Poling 10-7 won by fall over German Hernandez (Leoti-Wichita Co) 5-11 (Fall 1:47)

182
Shadyron Blanka (13-5)
placed 2nd and scored 16.0 team points. Click here to view the 182 bracket.

Round 1 - Shadyron Blanka 13-5 won by fall over Ty Hardesty (Wray) 12-11 (Fall 5:28)
Round 2 - Shadyron Blanka 13-5 won by fall over Preston Bearley (Atwood-Rawlins Co) 5-12 (Fall 0:28)
Round 4 - Shadyron Blanka 13-5 won by fall over Ryan Wessels (Garden City) 7-7 (Fall 0:31)
Round 5 - Fabian Lopez (Sedgwick County-Fleming) 23-0 won by fall over Shadyron Blanka 13-5 (Fall 1:39)

220
Seth Hilt (15-6)
placed 2nd and scored 16.0 team points. Click here to view the 220 bracket.

Round 1 - Seth Hilt 15-6 won by fall over David Jones (Goodland) 1-20 (Fall 0:54)
Round 2 - Seth Hilt 15-6 won by decision over Ike Fisher (Wray) 9-10 (Dec 5-3)
Round 3 - Seth Hilt 15-6 won by fall over Juan Mancillas (Leoti-Wichita Co) 5-12 (Fall 2:30)
Round 4 - Seth Hilt 15-6 won by fall over Noah Cheatum (Colby High School) 9-6 (Fall 0:44)
Round 5 - Andrew Davis (Sedgwick County-Fleming) 15-6 won by fall over Seth Hilt 15-6 (Fall 1:00)

Coach Dylan Loyd submitted the following awards and comments for the week:

Coaches Awards: Practice Wrestler:  Jayce Nider

Coach’s Award:  Tyson Poling

Most Outstanding Wrestlers:  Garin Cooper and Tiernan Poling- both went undefeated this weekend.

Key Match:  Aaron White pinning Porter of Wichita County.

Comments:

"The St. Francis wrestling team continues to push through their season. This past weekend we competed in the Buffalo Invitational in Atwood. Friday night we traveled over to Atwood as well to compete in a round robin. Right now, it’s crucial for our kids to get mat time. Each time they step on the mat they get better and that’s what we want right now. This was a good weekend for many of them as we have guys who are starting to turn the corner. We are vastly approaching our postseason and it’s crucial we improve each week as we get closer to regionals. We have guys who still are figuring out how good they are, and how good they can be; which can be frustrating but, I believe that we can get it figured out here in the next couple of weeks. The goal each week is to take steps forward, no steps back. I believe for the most part we are doing that, we still have mental breakdowns in matches but, the mistakes are being cleaned up. We preach the importance of expecting your opponent’s best every match, you should never look ahead or behind but, focus on the now, focus on what’s right in front of you. This is hard to do with regionals approaching but, it’s vital for development. I look forward to this group continuing to put it all out on the line.

Individually, Perla Yanez continues to battle each week. You watch her from match to match and you can see some improvement. She really has a good grasp of technique just struggles with being aggressive right from the whistle. Every time she steps out on the mat she battles; it doesn’t matter if she’s been beat by the same opponent she will battle. Garin Cooper wrestled very well this weekend and continues to make big strides. He is gritty and really does a good job of keeping his emotions in check in high stake matches. Up to this point he has had himself quite the season. Really looking for him to continue to improve here this last few weeks. Aaron White had some ups and downs. When he believes he can win you get a glimpse of how good of a wrestler he can be, but when he doubts himself, he gets beat by kids he is better than. That is a battle he has to stay on top of. Eli Mills continues to improve every week. He really has developed a good feel of the sport and does a lot of good things in every match. As he continues to gain some more experience, I think he can surprise some people. Caleb Todd had a good day on Saturday. He finally went out and just wrestled hard and he did a great job. I think his last match went a long way in helping his confidence. He continues to improve and that’s what we want to see. Tiernan Poling was very dominant this weekend in pinning everyone he wrestled. He is making some big strides right now and its important for him to continue to get better. I’d like to see him open up more on his feet and that is something he is working on. Shannon Rethke really has improved from where he started at the beginning of the season. He works really hard in practice and that work is paying off. He really is gaining a sense of the type of wrestler he wants to be and is really focusing on his strengths and that is encouraging to see. Arthur Albuquerque continues to fight each time he steps on the mat. He got a little banged up this weekend and I was encouraged to see him grit through the pain. Coming into this season he had never wrestled before and its been fun to watch him grow and develop. Sam Dovico really does a great job every time she steps out on the mat. She is at a very difficult weight and it really doesn’t phase her. I have been very impressed with her knowledge and feel of this sport. She is a lot of fun to watch. Jayce Nider had an up and down weekend which you hate to see this time of year. Jayce’s biggest deal is he doesn’t open up in matches like I know he would like. He really does a lot of good things and we are waiting for him to put it altogether. Once he truly believes in his abilities, he will be a force to reckon with. Tyson Poling had a good weekend. It was good to see him place at a tournament and wrestle with some confidence. He is another one who has a lot of natural ability just hasn’t quite put it altogether yet. But he is getting better and as he starts having more and more success on the mat it will go along way in developing his confidence. Shadyron Blanka had a tough week. He missed half the week being sick so it was good to see him go out and compete the best that he could. I know he wasn’t feeling his best but, he did a lot of good things. I believe he can beat anybody he wrestles. He just really needs to start believing that for himself.  Once the light comes on mentally it will be fun to see. Seth Hilt really has come a long way in the past year. He has had a great season up to this point and has placed in several tournaments. Seeing him have these results is a great reminder of how much you can improve if you stick with something and work hard every single day.

This upcoming Friday we will be traveling to Norton to compete in the Tournament of Champions. This tournament has always been a good one. There is a lot of great wrestling and great wrestlers here from both the MCL and NWKL leagues. Both leagues have a lot of tradition and it’s fun to be a part of that. This tournament will really give us a good idea of where we are at as our regional tournament will be fairly similar. I look forward to watching this team continue to compete."

The wrestling team will travel to Norton on Friday, January 25th, to wrestle. Please note the Wakeeney Invitational originally printed on the school calendar has been moved to Norton.

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