Barr’s luck bad at state
The 2004-2005 Eudora wrestling season came to an end Saturday in Wichita.
For three of the team's five state qualifiers, it was the end of the road. Seniors Andy Coffman, William Bock and Josh Barr wrestled for the final time in a Eudora uniform Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum.
"We had a great season," coach Bill DeWitt said. "Those guys came through big time for us all year long."
Coffman finished highest among the five wrestlers attending the tournament with a sixth-place finish in the 130-pound class.
Coffman began the bracket with a 5-4 decision over Rose Hill's Corrie Shetler. He followed with a 6-3 win over Willie Lucero of Royal Valley. Columbus' Aaron Ellison put an end to Coffman's first-place hopes with a 17-8 decision. The Eudora senior eventually fell to Abilene's Colby Riffel to finish sixth.
"Andy wrestled well," DeWitt said. "He did everything he needed to, but he just ran into some tough wrestlers."
Coffman finished his career at Eudora as a two-time state qualifier, the 2005 regional champ and with a 97-50 career record.
Barr, the second-ranked wrestler in 4A competition and the Fort Scott regional champion, entered the tournament with high expectations but was hit by a bit of bad luck in his match against Augusta's Josh Weaver.
Barr led his match through most of regulation but then suddenly walked into a headlock that gave his opponent the edge and the win. It was a bit of a shock for the coaches who watched him.
"After I came out of my shell shock, I just told him that he wrestled well and that was just a bad break," DeWitt said. "He was disappointed but he took it well."
Barr ended his Eudora run as the 2005 Frontier League champion and a career record of 102-48.
Senior William Bock had his late season surge come to an end in the second round with a 3-2 loss to Columbus' Tyler Hamilton. He suffered a 5-0 decision in the first round against Travis Eden from Santa Fe Trail. The senior's effort was not lost on the coach.
"William just amazed me this season," DeWitt said. "He had a losing record and made it all the way to this point."
Junior Miles Cleveland lost his opening match 3-2 against Wellington's Danny Dawson. He made it out of the next round with a 2-1 win over Columbus' Kyle Withington. However, he couldn't get past Mulvane's Tyler Techune, who defeated Cleveland 4-1, ending his season.
Sophomore Tim Durkin followed Cleveland's path with a first-round loss against Cole Caylor of Clearwater. He faced Chanute's Ricky Jones in his next match and won 10-0, before falling 8-1 to Jon Dukes of Douglass.
Although the outcomes were not as high as expectations might have allowed, the head coach could not have been more pleased with the roles of his upperclassmen.
"They didn't make it as far as they would have liked," DeWitt said. "But as far as leadership is concerned they performed above and beyond all expectations."
And as the season ended Saturday, the coach couldn't help but look to the future of his squad. And the first two on his list are the two underclassmen that joined the seniors on the trip to Wichita.
"We're going to be young," DeWitt said. "Miles (Cleveland) will be the only senior and Tim (Durkin) just continues to improve. Guys like (sophomores) Matt McPeek and Kyle Scrimsher can only improve. I like where things are going."
The Cardinals finished 40th overall in the state tournament.