PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg High School wrestling team came away with a 45-24 win over Prairie View at home on Thursday.
The short-handed Buffaloes earned four wins throughout the night, but couldn’t overcome giving up three open spots.
“Prairie View has some good kids, but it was disappointing that they didn’t have enough for 14 matches,” PHS head coach Scott Rieck said. “They had some injuries and illnesses that kept them from having a full squad come in. I appreciated them coming down anyways for the sake of our seniors because this is the only dual we’ll have at home this year. We did alright in the matches we had, but there’s a lot of work to do.”
Prior to wrestling, the Purple Dragons took a moment to recognize the seniors who competed in their final match inside Pittsburg High School.
The PHS seniors are Caleb Blansett, David Green, Noah Kangas, Zack Kunkler, A.J. Lair and Hayden Still.
“It’ll be sad to see this group of kids go,” Rieck said. “Most of them started with us in middle school. It’s been nice having them around and they’ve shown great leadership this year. They have a lot of young guys behind them who they’ve helped along the way.”
Following a trio of wins by default for PHS due to open spots, Wil Jameson picked up a win in the 132-pound weight class, defeating Brayden Dame by fall in the second period.
Lair (145) followed it up with a win by fall over Joshua Bantlett in the third period.
The Buffaloes hit the scoreboard with wins in the 160, 170, 182 and 220-pound weight classes, before Kunkler (285) won the heavyweight match by decision 7-4 against Wyatt Halliburton.
The Purple Dragons will be in Chanute for a tournament starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.