Two wrestlers medal at EHS tournament
A pair of Eudora sophomores wrestled their way to medals at last weekend’s Eudora Tournament of Champions.
Boomer Mays took home the third-place medal in the 215-pound weight class, and Caleb Clayton-Molby took fourth-place in the 189-pound class.
The two-day, 24-team tournament began last Friday with each wrestler battling in four matches and another on Saturday. The winners advanced out of pool play and then wrestled in the winners bracket.
Mays lost his first match of the day and was just one loss from being out of the tournament. But Mays recovered and went on to defeat Vince Ryburn of Wellsville for third. Mays said his strategy for the match was a simple one.
“I just wanted to stay in control and relax,” Mays said. “He was pretty tough, though.”
Molby suffered a late back injury that slowed him in his final match. Molby was on the mat for a few minutes in pain, but finished the match.
Molby said he was happy with his performance but would have liked to have walked away with the third-place medal instead.
“I wish I could have gotten third because it was right there in front of me,” Molby said.
Eudora coach Bill DeWitt said both of his sophomore medalists should be proud of their accomplishments, noting that they previously had not gone up against such fierce competition.
“That’s pretty outstanding,” DeWitt said of Mays and Molby. “And to do so as sophomores in their first tournament.”
In all, five Eudora wrestlers advanced out of pool play. Cody Salzman finished eighth in the 112-pound weight class, Thomas McLees finished in eighth-place at 119-pounds, and Dalton Hldaky finished eighth at 135-pounds.
Lansing won the tournament with 322 points, Baldwin finished seventh and Eudora finished the tournament in 13th. DeWitt said he was pleased with his team’s performance overall, but added it still could improve.
“We did some good and we did some bad,” DeWitt said. “Some of the things we got away with last week we learned we have to be a lot cleaner.”
Next up for the Cardinals is the Emporia Winter Classic Saturday at Emporia. DeWitt said some of the best wrestling teams in the state would be there. He added that it would be a challenge for his squad.
“It’ll be a lot of really good competition,” DeWitt said. “And that’s good for us because my kids have to learn they can’t have any letups.”