Cards up record 6-1
The heavyweights came through in a huge way for Eudora wrestling last week, pinning the Cardinals to three victories.
Frontier League duals with Louisburg, Anderson County and Osawatomie were swung by the big men, moving Eudora's record to 6-1.
Against the host Bulldogs last Thursday, the Cards trailed 12-34 going into the last five matches. Starting with the 160-pound weight class, Eudora took the bark out of Anderson County's bite with five straight pins. James Barr (160), Luke Powers (171), Josh Barr (189), Mike Paxton (215), and Shane Grant (275) all notched the victories by fall handing the Cardinals a 42-34 win.
Miles Cleveland and Kyle Brouhard helped with decisions. Cleveland won 9-2 at 112 pounds, and Brouhard took a 14-9 match at 119. Rounding out the scoring was Andy Coffman, who took a forfeit at 103.
Another 30 points from 160 up led to a 54-24 triumph over Louisburg at Anderson County. James Barr, Powers, Paxton and Grant each pinned, and Josh Barr received a forfeit.
The Wildcats were also open at 103 and 112, and after Brouhard pinned, the Cards were up 18-0. Jacob Gillihan, with a 10-3 decision at 130, and Ryan Pittman, a 6-1 winner at 135, added to the early advantage.
Eudora traveled to Spring Hill Feb. 6 to face the Broncos and Osawatomie. Eudora again turned to its strength in the upper weights. In the lightweights, 135-pound freshman Pittman tallied the only points with a first-period pin except the six given to Coffman for a forfeit.
Behind 12-37, senior James Barr got things going back in the right direction with a victory at 160. Barr won 12-6 using a strong second period to score half of his points. Powers then received a forfeit, and the final three matches were determined by fall. Paxton, a senior who leads the squad in pins, showed how and why, recording the fastest fall against Osawatomie in 24 seconds. Josh Barr pinned with 1:06 left in the second frame, and Grant dispatched his opponent in a little more than a minute.
Three helps in the week were sophomore Andy Coffman and freshmen Bobby Kurtz and Josh Love. Coffman scored 24 team points by his presence as the only 103-pounder on the five teams, and Kurtz and Love filled previously open spots at 145 and 152, respectively, gaining some valuable experience. It was the first varsity competition for Love.
In the dual with Spring Hill, the gap was too wide to overcome. With the first pin not coming until 171 pounds, senior wrestler Powers took the whole team's frustration out on his foe in 11 seconds.
Sophomore Josh Barr followed suit at 189 with a first-period fall, and seniors Paxton and Grant pounded Bronco foes with quick sticks. Those efforts weren't enough to carry the team, and the Cardinals suffered their first loss in the Frontier League 30-51.
"It was nice to win three of four league duals, but we gave up too many pins. We are so green in the lower weights and don't match up well with those teams," Eudora High coach Bill DeWitt said. "We came out flat against Spring Hill.
"We gave a much better effort two days later at Anderson County. You can't rest on your laurels or dwell on your mistakes."