Panther wrestlers finish 9th at Bonner Springs
The Paola Panther Wrestlers placed ninth as a team at the Bonner Springs Invitational finishing with 93 points on the day. Bellevue East from Nebraska finished in first place in the event with 243 points, outdistancing Blue Valley which finished with 160 points followed closely by Eudora with 157. Shawnee Mission Northwest and host Bonner Springs rounded out the top five.
Mitch Mosley was the Panther highest finisher, placing second in the 135 pound class. Tyler Heness placed third in the 145 pound class and Spencer Trumbly was fourth in the 215 pound class.
Mosley defeated Luke Dawdy of Highland Park and Charlie Briggs of Spring Hill on his way to the championship final, only to be defeated by Dalton Hladky of Eudora. Heness opened with a victory over Nick Swickard of Blue Valley West and then defeated Garret Kahle of Basehor before falling to eventual champion Will Greenhaw of Shawnee Mission Northwest in the semi-final match. Heness defeated Adam Shirley of Bonner Springs for third place. Trumbley dropped his opening match to Boomer Mays of Eudora and then wrestled his way to the consolation final by beating Mark Baumgartner of Miege and Taylor Kettler of Spring Hill before falling to Tyler Vogt of Bellevue in the third place match.
"Overall our team performed very well," said Panther Head Coach Russ Hermreck. "Several individuals were very close to placing within the top four in their respective brackets."
The Panthers had several wrestlers finish one match short in the consolation bracket. Brian Ebeiling, wrestling in the 103 pound class, opened with a win over Steven Kerns of Blue Valley West, before losing consecutive matches, first to Michael Nemer of Spring Hill and then to Chandler Gordon of Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Eric Timpe, in the 140 pound class, opened with a loss to Shane Slyter of Spring Hill, and then came back with a victory over Ryan Demato of Bonner before losing to Derek Pike of Basehor one match short of the consolation final.
Parker Staats, wrestling at 189 pounds put in one of the longest days of any Panther wrestler, opening with a victory over Bobby Urtega of Shawnee Mission Northwest before losing to Caleb Clayton-Molby of Eudora. Staats then won two straight matches in the consolation bracket, first over Ron Kelley of Topeka Highland Park and then over Clarence Forshey of Bonner Spring. Then in is fifth match of the day, Staats dropped a close 10-8 decision to Jac Cottrell of Bishop Miege, again one match short of the consolation finals.
Cale Karrigan, in the Heavyweight class opened with a loss to eventual champion Tanner McCleary, but came back to wrestle his way through the consolation bracket with a win over Antwan Robbins of Highland Park before falling to Sharrone Berry of Sumner Academy one match short of the consolation final.
"Individuals such as Parker Staats, Brad Hall, Brian Ebeling and Parker Boyer all wrestled well and came up just short," said Hermreck.
In the 112 pound class, Taylor Harris opened with a loss at the hands of Matt Vanausdall of Shawnee Mission Northwest, then he beat Jacob Parise of Blue Valley West, before ending his day with a loss to Matt Gormley of Blue Valley.
Jack Pursley, wresling at 119 pounds, lost his opening match to eventual champion Brando Burget of Bellevue East and ended his tournament with a loss in the consolation bracket to Tyler Simpson of Basehor.
Tanner Staats opened his competition in the 125 pound class with a loss to eventual third place finisherBrooks Ballou of Bonner Springs and completed his tournament action dropping a match to Trever Hendrickson of Blue Valley.
In the 130 pound class, Parker Boyer opened with a victory over Jon Hayard of Blue Valley before dropping out of the championship bracket with a loss to eventual second place finsher Glenn Schongar of Shawnee Mission Northwest. Staats dropped out of the consolation bracket with a loss to John Hanson of Bishop Miege.
Josh Taylor, wrestling in the 152 pound class, opened with a win over Jaysson Taney of Sumner Academy before losing to eventual champion Joe Johnson of Basehor. Taylor dropped out of the consolation bracket after a loss to Aaron Bialek of Bishop Miege.
Brad Hall opened the 171 pound class with a loss to Shawn Kelly of Eudora and dropped out of the consolation bracket with loss to Kyle Slattery of Fort Scott.
"One thing that we have focued on all year is winning the matches we are supposed to win" siad Hermreck. "That means there are always matches within every tournament or dual that we are just flat out the better wrestler. At the beginning of the season we were winning these matches, but not consistently, now we are getting closer and closer and are making tremendous progress in the weight room."
The Panthers travel to Emporia on Tuesday, January 13 for dual action and will wrestle in the Eudora Tournament on Friday and Saturday, January 16 & 17.