Archive for Thursday, January 24, 2002

Wrestlers earn victory over Osawatomie, lose to Spring Hill

Second-frame matches earn win while Spring Hill shows strengths

January 24, 2002

Eudora wrestlers split in league dual action Jan. 17, beating the home team of Osawatomie and losing to Spring Hill.

Open weight classes between the Cardinals and Trojans meant only six of the 14 matches were actually wrestled.

Eudora gave up four matches to forfeits, and Osawatomie also gave up 24 points with four forfeits of its own. The second period was good for the Cards, and they won four of the contested matches all in the second frame. Senior Matt Linzer was ahead 5-0 when he pinned his 119-pound Trojan foe, and Austin Roberts and Luke Powers added victories by fall at 135 and 152 pounds, respectively. Jason Marmon, senior 215-pounder, racked up points and downed his foe by technical fall, helping Eudora to the 47-31 win. The totals weren't as good against Spring Hill. The Broncos flexed their muscle and proved why they are ranked ninth in the state at 4A with a 57-18 win helped by four Eudora forfeits.

Andy Coffman opened with a pin at 103 pounds. Leading 7-2 after the first period, the freshman added seven more points before pinning his Bronco opponent with 2.4 seconds remaining in the second period.

In a close match at 152 pounds, Powers scored a reverse 40 seconds into the second frame, going right into a pinning combination to tallying six team points. Michael Paxton also added six team points, pinning in the 189-pound match with only 6.2 seconds remaining in the opening period.

"We performed pretty well against Osawatomie, but it wasn't a good result against Spring Hill; they are strong where we aren't." Eudora coach Ron Abel said. "I don't doubt how hard we're working but sometimes it's not how hard, but how smart that matters."

On the injury front, the good news was Linzer's return to the line-up, back in action after a slight shoulder separation and concussion.

The bad news is Marmon's sore elbow will hold him out of competition for tonight's double dual at Prairie View where the Cards will also wrestle Wellsville.

Marmon, currently ranked number 3 in the state at 215 pounds, will be missed. Next Thursday league action continues, and Eudora travels to Louisburg to wrestle the 'Cats and Anderson County. The Cards compete at the Immaculata tournament Feb. 2.

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