Panthers host invitational tourney

The Paola Panthers hosted their annual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, January 23, 2010, and faced a daunting task of taking part in their own tournament without the services of one of the their most consistent competitors on the season. Dylan McKinney was unable to take the mat with a shoulder injury, but the remainder of the team stepped up to pick up the slack, including Spencer Trumbly and Joe Pomatto who placed second and fourth in the 215 pound class.

WLH0048 Trumbly, the official PHS entry in the class wrestled his way through Pomatto and to the weight class final match before losing to Boomer Mays of Eudora on a fall in the second period. Pomatto, wrestling unattached dropped into the consolation bracket when he was beaten by Trumbly on a close 3-2 decision, and then advanced to the third place match before losing to Jon Andrasek of Great Bend on a 3-1 decision.

“Spencer Trumbly and Joe Pomatto, along with Brian Ebeling all wrestled well enought to place in the top four,” said Panthers Head Coach Russ Hermreck. “They are all making strides in the practice room and that is carrying over in their competitions.”

Trumbly went 2-1 on the day, besides defeating Pomatto, he pinned Joshua Leal of Sumner Academy in the quarter finals. Pomatto went 2-2 on the day, defeating Broc Bennett of Pittsburg in the quarter finals and David Hill of Shawnee Mission East to advance to the consolation final.

Cale Karrigan, wrestling at 285 pounds, picked up a third place finish for the Panthers, going 3-1 on the day. After being pinned in his quarter final by Caleb Clayton-Molby of Eudora, Karringan blew through the consolation bracket, picking up a 6-2 decision over Antwan Robbins of Highland Park, then defeating Sharrone Berry-Davis of Sumner Academy in the semi final and picking up the third place finish on the strength of a pin of Drew Bryant of Fort Scott.

“Cale Karringan had a great day,” Hermreck said. “He not only beat a returning state placer, he avenged a loss to a wrestler who had beaten him earlier in the season.”

The Panthers other top four finisher, Brian Ebeling at 103 pounds, opened with a 15-6 decision over Tommy McGillicuddy of Shawnee Mission East and then defeated Jared Belveal of Effingham in the quarters before falling to Tyler Sharp of Fort Scott in the semi finals. Ebeling defeated McGillicuddy for the second time in the day in the consolation semi final on an 8-5 decsion, he was then pinned by Jeremiah Jones of Pittsburg in the third place match.

Josh Wade, wrestling at 119 pounds, continued to make strides on the mat. In Wade’s opening qualifying match, he was trailing as time was running out in the third period of his match against Dalton Alas of Sumner Academy, but Wade got the advantage and pinned Alas to move on in the weight class. In the quarter finals, Wade was pinned by Denzell Davis of Fort Scott. In the consolation bracket, Wade picked up his second win of the day by pinning Brett Roberts of Great Bend, before dropping out of the tournament on a pin by Thomas McLees of Eudora.

Eric Timpe and Kurt Weaver also picked at least one win on the day for the Panthers. Timpe, at 145 pounds opened with a loss to Blake Hill of Shawnee Mission East, and then pinned Zack Leon of Sumner Academy before losing to Damian Pflughoeft of Great Bend on a 6-2 decision. Weaver, competing at 140 pounds, lost his opening round match to Bret Koehn of Pittsburg on a fall, but came back and defeated Antwan Atkins on a pin before falling out of the competition on a pin by Nick Schwager of Great Bend.

“Eric Timpe, Brad Hall and Kurt Weaver are all showing signs of improvement and just keep getting better each week,” Hermreck said. “Chris Edwards, Josh Wade and James Young are all learning on he run and the staff is very pleased with their work ethic and determination.”

Rounding out the Paola entries, Brad Hall at 189; Chris Edwards at 152; Taylor Harris at 125; and James Young at 112 all went 0-2 on the day. The Panthers were open at 130, 135, 160 and 171.

As a team, the Panthers scored 46 points which put them in ninty place. Shawnee Mission East was the team champion with 135.5 points, followed by Pittsburg with 113 points. Eudora with 111.5, Great Bend with 107.5 and Fort Scott with 104 points rounded out the top five teams.

The Panthers return to the hardwoods on Saturday, January 30, 2010 as they travel to Baldwin for the Baldwin Invitational.