Wrestlers keep up fast start with more dual victories
The Eudora wrestling team really knows how to start a season off on the right foot.
After last week's success against the highly touted Santa Fe Trail, Eudora took to the mats with Wellsville, Horton, Atchison, Oskaloosa and Atchison County in a dual tournament Saturday in Atchison. The Cardinals overwhelmingly won every dual, ending the day in first place with a five-game cumulative of 326 points.
"They just all really wrestled well," coach Bill DeWitt said. "They weren't bad teams, we just wrestled extremely well. We know there are better teams out there. We're just going to keep wrestling until we find one."
Eudora saw Wellsville first on Saturday, mounting an impressive team win of 78-5.
The next three duals were against Horton, Atchison and Oskaloosa, with Eudora winning 61-5, 69-5 and 63-14, respectively.
Eudora sealed the deal for a tournament sweep in the final dual against Atchison County, winning that one, 55-20.
DeWitt said the first-place finish was indicative of how hard the team has worked this season thus far.
"In the lower weights, we dropped a few but once you come to the older kids, that's where we really excel," DeWitt said. "We're a good dual team because we are pretty much solid at every weight."
Individually, DeWitt said he was pleased with the seniors' showing. Tim Durkin (215-pound class), Evan Meyers (189 lb. class), Kyle Scrimsher (145) and Michael Whitten (135) all finished the day with perfect records. DeWitt said he was also pleased with Richard Wilks' 3-2 finish for the day, considering the fact this is Wilks' first season wrestling.
"I have great leadership senior-wise," DeWitt said. "Even my heavyweight, Richard Wilks, did well, and this is his first year wrestling for us."
But DeWitt said the next tournament might be a different story for Eudora. The Cardinals will be hosting the annual Tournament of Champions Friday and Saturday, which DeWitt said was traditionally very competitive.
DeWitt said regardless of the staunch competition from schools like Baldwin, Paola, Ft. Scott, Blue Valley, Lawrence and the 2006 state champions St. Thomas Aquinas, he was confident the team would perform admirably.
"There are going to be some top 10 teams in 4A there as well as some 5A schools," DeWitt said. "We'll have a better understanding of where we're at after this tournament."
DeWitt said the Atchison tournament helped prepare the team for the Tournament of Champions. However, he said the school closures last week because of inclement weather put the team somewhat behind in its conditioning and practice schedule.
"We are just a little behind where we were technique-wise last year at this time," DeWitt said. "From a wrestling point of view, we've been pretty good on top. Our weakness is some of our bottom philosophies."
Regardless of the missed practices, DeWitt said the team was ready for some tougher competition, and he was proud of his team's accomplishments in Atchison.
"I'm really pleased -- those scores, when you write them down, are very impressive," DeWitt said.