Cards not happy despite strong finishes
Four top-four placers and a seventh-place team finish couldn't fend off the feeling Eudora coach Bill DeWitt had that something just wasn't right Saturday at the Paola Invitational.
"I think everybody on the team expected to do better," DeWitt said. "For whatever reason, we didn't. Maybe we were just tired going in, but we still need to get a better effort."
The Cardinals finished the tournament with 60.5 points, 25.5 points behind Pittsburg and more than 100 points behind champions Great Bend.
The first of the four Cardinal placers came in the 135-pound class, with junior Michael Whitten taking fourth.
Whitten lost his opening match to Great Bend's Cody Schridde in a 6-4 decision, which sent him to the third-place bracket. The junior bounced back, however, with a 12-10 overtime win against Basehor-Linwood's Dustin Weimer.
The junior followed up the tight decision with a 2-0 win over Paola's Ryan Beer, setting up a rematch with Schridde for third place.
Schridde came up with a similar effort, beating Whitten 9-3 and relegating him to fourth place.
In the 140-pound bracket, senior Miles Cleveland held off Great Bend's Tyler Klein with a 4-3 decision that earned him third place. Cleveland finished 3-1 on the day.
Junior Tim Durkin took home fourth in the 189-pound class with a 2-2 mark.
Durkin earned his way into the third-place match with a second period pin over Effingham's Jacob Robinson.
Shawnee Mission East's Matt Baker in an 8-3 decision ended Durkin's run in the third-place match.
"Tim needs to take it up a little more," DeWitt said. "People are starting to catch on to his game. He uses his legs a lot and he's excellent at it, but he needs to diversify his approach, he's starting to become one dimensional."
Sophomore Evan Meyers rode two straight pins to a berth in the 215-pound first-place match, only to fall 14-3 to Paola's Joe Payne.
Meyers pinned Effingham's Ethan Merz and Basehor-Linwood's Josh Bowen to gain a spot in the title match.
Despite the efforts of the four Eudora placers, the head coach expects a little more out his team as the time for league and regional meets draws near.
"I think we just need to be more aggressive," DeWitt said. "Some of our guys are a little too passive. I would like to see some of the guys win at least one more match per tournament on their way through the bracket."
The Cardinals head west Friday and Saturday for the Concordia dual tournament.