The Southeast Lancers’ wrestling team faced El Dorado Springs and Uniontown on Thursday night during the second tournament the teams has hosted since the program’s inception last year.
As a team, the Lancers went 1-1 in the double dual, falling to El Dorado Springs 54-38 in the first match before ending the night with a 54-48 win over Uniontown.
El Dorado Springs defeated Uniontown 60-30 in between Southeast matches.
“Our whole team wrestled tough,” said Jason Wilderman, Southeast wrestling head coach. “I’m proud of everyone. Almost everyone came out and got a win, but what’s most important is that we made some improvements since the beginning of the year especially my second year kids. They’ve come a long ways.”
Tyler Kester, who is currently undefeated this season at 9-0 and ranked third in the state, went 2-0, winning against Colton Collins of El Dorado Springs with a technical fall and then beating Uniontown’s Karah Beerbower.
“Having Tyler in the ring is great,” Wilderman said. “He’s ranked third in the state right now and he’s undefeated. We always switch him up at practice and have him work with other partners during the sessions. That way, the rest of our guys are getting use to seeing good technique. Hopefully it’s rubbing off. He has a good work ethic and leads the way. He’s been a real positive factor on the team.”
Collins defeated Jesse Ross by pin while Dakota Long defeated Triston Gardner with a pin.
Southeast’s Bailey Moore won his match against Austin Dobbs 16-1, in a one-sided contest at 145 pounds. Against Uniontown, Moore defeated Tommy Joles with a pin to finish the night 2-0.
“Bailey’s a senior and he went out and wrestled like it,” Wilderman said. “He controlled the entire way. He was aggressive. He fought hard and came away with the win. I was very proud of him.”
Gage Large defeated El Dorado Springs’ Weston Wallace on points. Clint Center finished over Izayah Houk and Ross finished with by fall over Mat Morgan.
Jaret Brumback defeated Timmy Smith before John Emerson fell over Large.
Wilderman reserved a lot of praise for his underclassmen.
“Honestly, our freshmen stood out tonight,” Wilderman said. “I was very proud of how they wrestled. Even Toby Wiggins, despite losing in his last match, but that kid he wrestled against has been wrestling ever since he was a little kid. Toby fought hard the entire time and didn’t give up. He has a lot of heart.”
With this being the last varsity meet before Christmas - the Lancers’ junior varsity squad will compete in Cherryvale on Saturday - Wilderman laid out what his team needs to work on as the season progresses.
“There are a lot of things that we need to improve on,” Wilderman said. “One, our offense, setting up, finishing shots is one of the major things that we need to work on. Getting away on bottom is another thing that we need to work on.”
Michael Bauer is a sports reporter for the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter at @michaeljohn391.