Cards clamoring for showing at regionals
It's been an uphill battle for the Eudora wrestling program all season. The Cards have had to battle through a difficult Frontier League schedule while grooming a young and inexperienced squad.
The brutality of that schedule reached its pinnacle Thursday in Baldwin. The Cards' final dual included the league's top-two teams -- defending champion Paola and Eudora-nemesis Baldwin.
The Bulldogs cruised by Eudora 63-15 and edged Paola 33-28, claiming the regular season league title and preserving its undefeated league record.
The Bulldogs finished the season 15-5 overall and 9-0 in the Frontier League.
Paola (10-6, 7-2) took care of Eudora 51-18 in the night's third match-up.
Eudora managed just four individual wins on the day. Sophomore Austin Calhoon claimed the team's sole victory versus Paola on a pin.
Sophomore Miles Cleveland (7-3 decision) and juniors William Bock (pin) and Josh Barr (pin) collected the Cards three wins against Baldwin.
The Cardinals finished their regular season with a 7-12 record, 1-8 in league play.
Eudora's only league win came Jan. 29 at Wellsville, 63-12 -- a match in which there were 10 forfeited weight classes.
The Cards carried that one win to Gardner-Edgerton for the Frontier League Tournament, where there was no love for Eudora on Valentine's Day.
Eudora finished with 71 team points -- ninth-place out of 10 league teams. The Cards finished only above Wellsville, whose 37 points placed them comfortably in last place.
Paola rebounded from its dual loss to Baldwin, claiming the tourney with 195.5 points. Spring Hill followed with 184.5. Regular-season champ Baldwin finished third with 160.5.
Finishing fourth through eighth were Osawatomie (147), Anderson County (110), Gardner-Edgerton (104), Louisburg (93.5) and Prairie View (75).
As a team, Eudora's struggles continued, but individually the tournament produced five medalists.
Cleveland was the top Cardinal finishing as runner-up at 125 pounds. Juniors Andy Coffman (119 pounds) and Barr (189) each walked away with fourth-place finishes. Sophomores Calhoon (130) and Ryan Pittman (135) also claimed fourth-place positions.
Next up for the Cardinals is the Kansas 4A Regional Tournament in Hiawatha Friday and Saturday. Competition begins at 2 p. m. Friday. Saturday's matches begin at 9:30 a.m.