BALDWIN — With the league tournament behind it, the Ottawa High School wrestling team looks ahead to regionals.
The Cyclones’ regional is set for Friday and Saturday at Burlington High School with a total of 16 teams competing — Labette County, Baxter Springs, Burlington, Chanute, Columbus, Fort Scott, Frontenac, Anderson County, Iola, Prairie View, Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola, Parsons and Spring Hill. Action is set to start 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
“I told them that our focus now is regional,” Brent Lane, OHS assistant principal and interim wrestling coach, said. “We are going to put [the league tournament] behind us, and get ready for our regional.”
Ottawa went 2-4 at the Frontier League Wrestling Dual Championships Saturday at Baldwin High School. The team topped De Soto and Eudora, both by a 42-36 margin, and fell to Baldwin, Spring Hill, Paola and Louisburg.
“Our kids are tough,” Lane said. “We battled in just about every position. We have some young guys in there who are getting experience. We beat De Soto, we beat Eudora, and in a lot of the duals that we paired up with people, we won a lot of the matches. Against Baldwin, we won five out of the 10 matches. Louisburg and Paola, they are deep, and we can’t compete with that depth right now. We lost a couple of matches in the lighter weights that we will have a chance to get some revenge next week.”
Individually, several Cyclone wrestlers finished the tournament with winning records.
Richard Blevins, freshman, improved his already impressive record in his first year of prep wrestling by finishing 4-2 in the 113-pound weight division. He beat Baldwin’s Benton Flory, Spring Hill’s Landon Rockers, De Soto’s Aidyn Wigg, and Eudora’s Will Schreiner, all by pin.
In the 152 weight division, Jared Parenti, senior, was a perfect 6-0 for OHS. He won his first two matches over Baldwin’s Griffin Wehrman and Spring Hill’s Mason Bell by major decision. His final four matches he won by pin, beating De Soto’s Andres Marquez, Eudora’s Brayden Clark, Paola’s Tanner Schlessner, and Louisburg’s Jacob Briley.
Tucker Mace, junior, went 4-1 in the 170 weight division. He won against Spring Hill’s Alex Denning, De Soto’s Luke Barger, Paola’s Aaron Maxwell and Louisburg’s Ben Wiedenmann.
Brett Ferguson, junior, was 4-1 in the 195 weight division, beating Baldwin’s Zach Flowers, Spring Hill’s Dean Diviney, Eudora’s Christopher Huslig, and Paola’s Jeffery Schartz.
Frontier League Dual Tournament
Final tournament records (season overall in parentheses) — 106 (weight division) - Kael Lane 2-2 (18-11); 113 - Richard Blevins 4-2 (21-15); 126 - Justine Kennington 0-2 (6-12); 152 - Jared Parenit 6-0 (32-5); 160 - Daidrien Aho 2-3 (19-19); 170 - Tucker Mace 4-1 (19-19); 182 - Mason Swanson 0-5 (3-9); 195 - Brett Ferguson 4-1 (21-19); 220 - Antonio Espinosa 2-3 (13-20); 285 - Brennan Bass 0-3.
Baldwin 37, Ottawa 22
Spring Hill 51, Ottawa 25
Ottawa 42, De Soto 36
Ottawa 42, Eudora 36
Paola 60, Ottawa 22
Louisburg 61, Ottawa 15