Eudora wrestlers take fifth at regional tournament
Five was the magic number for the Eudora High School wrestling team in regional competition last weekend at Anderson County.
Dustin Crowe, Brian Harris, Brett Becker, Jason Marmon and Shane Grant qualified for state and helped the Cards to a fifth-place finish.
Abilene won the 15-team tournament with 186 points; followed by Spring Hill, 154; Santa Fe Trail, 132; Baldwin, 118 and Eudora, 112.
"We're ready for the challenge," said EHS Coach Ron Abel. "We're better prepared for state due to the level of competition we've seen this season. Our regional had the highest number of ranked kids in it."
One of those ranked kids, undefeated senior Brian Harris, won a regional championship for Eudora. At 135 pounds, Harris opened with a pin of DeSoto, beat Bishop Ward by technical fall and advanced to the finals with a 12-5 decision over the host opponent.
Against Travis McBurney of Santa Fe Trail, Harris scored seven points in the final period for a 9-4 victory. This will be Harris' fourth trip to state where he was sixth as a freshman and fourth last year.
Seniors Crowe and Becker also made it to the regional finals in the two-day tournament.
Wrestling at 119 pounds, Crowe had a bye in the first round, then pinned Anderson County and took a 9-2 decision from SFT. Both Crowe and his Chapman opponent, previous state placer Eric Arveson, took 27-4 records into the final, and Crowe received the silver medal after a narrow 6-5 loss.
Becker's road to the finals at 145 pounds began with a bye, a technical fall over Baldwin and a first period pin of AC. He was upset by Osawatomie for the championship and finished second.
Only the top four in each weight class earned a trip to the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita. Marmon and Grant both qualified at fourth.
Marmon, a junior at 215 pounds, had a bye, pinned Prairie View and was then sent to the consolation bracket by a loss to the eventual champ from AC. There he beat Chapman 6-0 and was edged 6-4 by Spring Hill.
Heavyweight Grant also opened with a bye. He pinned SFT in the first period, lost to PV, the eventual silver medalist, and fought back in the consolation bracket by pinning DeSoto. He was defeated 2-1 by Spring Hill and finished fourth. Grant is a sophomore.
Two other grapplers made it as far as the consolation semifinals, coming within one match of making the state field.
Matt Linzer won his first two rounds downing Prairie View 8-7 and Bishop Ward 7-5 before being knocked out of the championship bracket by the eventual silver medalist from SFT. The junior was then pinned by Baldwin, an opponent he had previously beaten, in the very competitive 112-pound class.
At 152 pounds where sophomore Luke Powers recently moved up, a bye in the opening round pitted Powers against the eventual champ from Chapman in the second round. Powers wrestled well, but lost a 13-6 decision then moved through the consolation bracket with a pin of Louisburg and a 13-1 major decision over Spring Hill. He was bested 11-4 by third place Abilene in the consolation semifinals.
Senior Sam Campbell won two matches at 130 pounds with an 8-7 decision over Osawatomie and a pin of DeSoto. First-year wrestler James Snow, a junior, won a match by fall over Prairie View at 103 pounds, and 171-pound junior Ronnie Morelan pinned Louisburg at regionals. Freshman Mark Lister (125 lbs.) and senior Zac Hamlin (189 lbs.) also competed.