Bobcat Classic Wrestling Tournament

Written by: Katelyn Cofer, Reporter

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12, the wrestling team hosted the Joe Keeler Bobcat Classic Wrestling Tournament. There, the team had one finalist junior Kaden Jacobsen, who placed second and one wrestler, Josh Willcutt, who placed fourth. At the tournament, the team had a total of 66.5 team points and placed 21st.

“Some of our wrestlers wrestled tough and had a great tournament, while some struggled to get their offense going and struggled to get off [the] bottom. We had a couple matches where we put ourselves in [a] bad position costing either points or a loss by fall,” said head coach Jason Puderbaugh. “I don’t think it was our best tournament as a team this year, but we had some individuals that wrestled really well. We need to continue to improve in our aggressiveness on our feet getting to the legs and finishing our shots, and we need to get better at getting off [the] bottom as a team.”

Junior Brayton Oleson scored six team points and had one win by fall over Hunter Picking (Chapman). Freshman Cohen Suchy scored one team point and had one win by decision over Lucas Anderson (Gardner-Edgerton). Freshmen Aiden Baker scored four team points and had two wins one by fall over Connor Olivera (Pittsburg) and one by decision over Adrian Ortiz (JC Harmon). Sophomore Zach Radefeld scored six team points and had one win by fall over Scott Riffel (Abilene). Jacobsen scored 25.5 team points and had 4 wins one by fall over Bryce Isabell (Santa Fe Trail), another by fall over Cody Barker (Rossville), one by technical fall over Holden Andrews (Eudora), and one by decision over Elijah Jacobs (Lawrence Free State). Willcutt scored 24 team points and had 4 wins one by fall over Jeffery Schartz (Paola), another by fall over Isaac Stean (St. James Academy), once again he won by fall over Salvador Aleman (JC Harmon), and lastly, he won by fall over Chanz Gerleman (Prairie View).

“I would say [the highlights were] Willcutt coming up with a big win by fall in the consolation semis pinning his Prairie View opponent and Jacobson with [a] good quality win and hard-fought match in the semifinals over a state-ranked Lawrence Free State opponent to advance to the championship match,” said Puderbaugh.