Wrestlers stay sharp
Eudora High School wrestlers took the momentum from senior night on the road Saturday to Concordia, and the upperclassmen didn't skip a beat.
"We really took some of that energy from Raise the Roof with us to Concordia," Coach Bill DeWitt said. "We are wrestling well."
Senior Andy Coffman took care of business in the 130-pound weight class by going 4-1 and finishing second overall.
"Andy's technique is great," DeWitt said. "He's more methodical than the other guys. He doesn't get many pins but tries to wait for his opportunity. He's wrestling with a lot of confidence."
Senior Chris Durkin placed second in the 215-pound class with a 4-1 record. Durkin bounced back from a tough loss on Monday, which he fought hard but fell in three rounds to the sixth ranked 4A wrestler from Ottawa.
"Chris is wrestling well," DeWitt said. "That guy he wrestled at home was a tough one, and its nice to see him came back the way he did."
The biggest finish came for senior Josh Barr however. On Monday, Barr pinned his first opponent within 16 seconds. On Saturday, it was more of the same for the senior.
Five matches, five pins.
Barr never let his opponents out of the first round on his way to a first-place finish. DeWitt sees nothing but good things from his 189-pound senior.
"He's wrestling out of his mind right now," DeWitt said. "An injury is the only thing that will keep him from going to state."
Junior Miles Cleveland continued his consistent performances as he followed his teammates with a second-place finish in the 135-pound class. Cleveland finished with a familiar 4-1 record. The head coach was pleased with the junior's progression on the mat.
"Miles is doing well," he said. "He's becoming a little less predictable. He's moving more and looking for different shots. He's really doing well for us."
As for the underclassmen, Tim Durkin finished with a third-place medal after finishing 2-2 in the 171-pound class.
"Tim's doing well," DeWitt said. "He's got some things to work on."
Sophomore Matt McPeek also finished well with a 2-2 record and a third place medal.
All in all the squad placed eight wrestlers on the podium at Concordia. It was a showing that pleased DeWitt greatly.
"We are right where we want to be at this point," he said. "We've got some momentum going and the guys are stepping up their games. I'm pleased."