Bluejays open up season

Freshman 113-pound Kaden Dillon throws this Rock Port wrestler to his back before pinning him Thursday, December 7, in Auburn, Nebraska.

The Sabetha Bluejay wrestling squad opened up their 2017-18 wrestling campaign on Thursday, Dec. 7, with a trip to Auburn, Neb., to compete with the Auburn Bulldogs and the Rockport Bluejays from Rockport, Mo.

Junior 120-pound KaLeigh Mortorff puts this Auburn grappler to her back during their bout on Thursday, December 7, in Auburn, Nebraska.

The Jays wrestled Rockport in the opening dual and defeated the Bluejays from Missouri, 45-27. In the second dual, the Jays fell to the Bulldogs, 42-39, in a very exciting match-up. The Jays wrestling squad is comprised of four freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors and two seniors.

“I was very pleased with our performance this evening,” said Head Coach Ricky Creek. “We have only had seven practices before this evening’s action so we are getting a late start. But the kids are doing everything we asked of them and what they didn’t get done tonight was because we have not had time to work on it yet!”

Junior 152-pound Kamden Brownlee takes this Auburn wrestler to the mat with a single leg takedown during their bout on Thursday, December 7, in Auburn, Nebraska.

The highlighted match of the evening pitted junior 285-pound Elliot Strahm against senior 285-pound Robert Liles of Auburn. Both wrestlers are state qualifiers from last year and have met up five previous times, with Strahm capturing all five matches.

“I was really nervous about this match tonight,” Strahm said. “Liles is an excellent wrestler, and we have been going at it for the last two years.”

Neither Strahm nor Liles could score any points in the opening two minutes, but in the second period Strahm jumped out with two points on an escape and a penalty point. Liles began the third period in the down position and immediately earned a point with an escape, but Strahm scored two points on a takedown for the 4-1 win.

“Going six minutes tonight was tough with only having a week of practice,” Strahm said. “I knew how tough this match was going to be, and I sure didn’t want to start off the season with a loss.”

The dual was also the first action for new Assistant Coach Hunter Howerton. Howerton was a three-time state placer from Silver Lake.

“I was really pleased with the kids tonight,” Howerton said. “They did a lot of good things tonight considering we have only had a few practices. There were some small things that need to be fixed, but we will get that worked out.”

12.7.2017 @ Auburn

Rockport

Auburn

Weight Class

Name

Opponent

Win/Lose

Score

Weight Class

Name

Opponent

Win/Lose

Score

106

OPEN

STONER

FORFEIT

106

OPEN

MAHER

FORFEIT

113

DILLON

WOOD

WON

5-0

113

DILLON

OMMERT

WON

FALL

120

MORTORFF

ABBOT

LOST

FALL

120

MORTORFF

ALDANA

WON

FALL

126

GUGELMAN

LANSDOWN

LOST

10-9

126

GUGELMAN

KELLER

LOST

FALL

132

MITCHELL

OPEN

FORFEIT

132

MITCHELL

FORD

LOST

FALL

138

GRIMM

GREENE

LOST

FALL

138

GRIMM

WHEELDON

LOST

FALL

145

B BROWNLEE

OPEN

FORFEIT

145

B BROWNLEE

OPEN

FORFEIT

152

K BROWNLEE

OPEN

FORFEIT

152

K BROWNLEE

LIGOURI

LOST

FALL

160

LOWDERMILK

STONE

WON

FALL

160

LOWDERMILK

DAVENPORT

WON

FALL

170

TINKLIN

OPEN

FORFEIT

170

TINKLIN

OPEN

FORFEIT

182

OPEN

OPEN

182

OPEN

PHILLIP

FORFEIT

195

ROKEY

OPEN

FORFEIT

195

ROKEY

OPEN

FORFEIT

220

OPEN

WALLACE

FORFEIT

220

OPEN

YOUNGQUIST

FORFEIT

285

STRAHM

OPEN

FORFEIT

285

STRAHM

LILES

WON

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Heather Stewart273 Posts

Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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