Cards show well versus league foes
Considering his first match with De Soto's Neil Erisman lasted a whopping 30 seconds, Loni Ogden's decision might have seemed a little suspicious.
"Loni sat out the Paola match so that he would have enough points to be able to wrestle (Erisman) on Thursday," Eudora coach Bill DeWitt said.
And in some ways, the decision paid off. The Oklahoma State-bound Erisman still won the match, but Ogden put up a fight, outpacing his prior performance by nearly two minutes.
"(Loni) came back much better in that match," DeWitt said. "Erisman is an outstanding wrestler. And Loni did a much better job staying alive against a guy like that."
Most of Eudora's usual roster took a breather on Thursday as six of the Cardinals varsity wrestlers sat out the Frontier League clash with Anderson County and De Soto.
Despite the absence in the varsity ranks, the Cardinals came away with a 39-39 tie with the Bulldogs and a 46-24 victory over the Wildcats.
"It's good to get those younger kids out there in some varsity meets," Eudora coach Bill DeWitt said. "They need to know that some of the things they do in junior varsity just will not fly in the varsity ranks."
Among the junior varsity faces filling in for the Cardinals were freshman Jackson Wiley and sophomore Chase Rust.
Wiley, the club's lone 103-pounder, went 1-1 on the night, beating Anderson County's David Heidrich in his first match and losing by pin to De Soto's Hunter England in his second.
Only Wiley's third varsity race, the win helped make for quality experience, DeWitt said.
"He's responded well," DeWitt said. "He's learning a little bit at a time and I think he'll do fine."
Rust took the place of junior Tim Durkin in the 189-pound class and went 2-0 on the day.
Despite the strong showing from some of the underclassmen, the head coach saw many things he didn't like in Eudora's 39-39 tie with Anderson County.
"We're still giving up too many pins," DeWitt said. "These guys have got to go the full six minutes. That's our future out there."
The Cardinals gave up only one open-weight forfeit in the 46-24 victory.
Eudora takes on Baldwin and Paola Thursday in the program's annual "Raise the Roof" night honoring the its seniors.
Miles Cleveland and Joel Morrison will make their final appearances in front of the home crowd.