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  • Crusader update: For the 1st time this decade, wrestling expectations are huge

    first_imgThe season so far:There is plenty to be optimistic about for the Wellington wrestling team. The team dual December accomplishments were:• a second place finish at the season opening El Dorado tournament — Wellington finished 3-1 for the tournament;• a dual lost to Pratt, 47-30;• a dual sweep against Rose Hill 63-13 and Mulvane 36-34.• and a second-place finish in the Marion Tournament in which it beat Marion 44-32, Douglass 66-12, Republic County 54-13, Burlington 48-30 before losing to Chanute in the dual championship 54-24.Of all those duals thus far, McComb is most proud of the win vs. Mulvane in Augusta on Dec. 19.“We haven’t beaten Mulvane in a dual in years, at least not since the eight years I have been involved with the program,” McComb said. “That was very exciting.”Wellington has performed in one traditional tournament this year and that was the home tournament. The Crusaders finished seventh as a team with 115 points – nearly doubling the points scored in 2012 in which they placed 11th.In that tournament there were six Crusader wrestlers placing:•Tyson Hodson, first at heavyweight;•Taylon Lamkin, second at 195;•Ben DeJarnett, third at 152;•Andrew Horn, fourth at 138;•Dalton Holt, fourth at 152;•Chance Hain, fifth at 170.•••••The individuals:Statistically wise, Wellington is doing well. Currently of the 13 starting wrestlers all but one have a winning record. Wellington has no wrestlers at 106 or 120. The records at each weight class, which were certified last week, are:113 – Sage Ferguson, 6-6.126 – Brad Wiens, 5-7.132 – Horn, 10-6 (he has been wrestling at 138 but is certified to wrestle at 132).138 – Graysen DeJarnett, 6-5.145 – Andrew Pelkey, 7-0.152 – B. DeJarnett 12-4.160 – Joey Haydon 8-6.170 – Chance Hain 10-5.182 – Aaron Fair 7-6.195 – Lamkin 11-2.220 – Holt 10-3Hwt. – Hodson 12-3.Here are a few interesting tidbits about the season thus far:•Lamkin is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 4A after starting the year at No. 2 (see latest KWCA ranking here. But McComb anticipates that will change because Lamkin lost a dual to a Burlington wrestler in the championship round of the Marion Tournament.“Taylon has a certain style of wrestling that has served him well and got him sixth place at state,” McComb said. “But he doesn’t try anything else and that got him beat in Marion.”•B. DeJarnett, a senior, has been wrestling since his Wellington youth wrestling days and is having an outstanding season, McComb said.“He is focused and committed,” McComb said. “Half of his wins are by pins.”•Horn and Graysen DeJarnett at 132 and 138 give McComb an interesting dilemma. Both can be switched between the two weight classes. McComb said Horn is the better wrestler as of now, but G. DeJarnett is less likely to get pinned.“We can flip flop them and I anticipate we will do so in order to give us the best opportunity to win,” McComb said.Horn, though, is likely to wrestle at 132 at regional and that could be extremely tough for him because there is tremendous competition at that level. In his six losses, Horn has wrestled a state ranked opponent.•Pelkey returns after a broken bone in his wrist for the final weekend of dual competition in December. He did quite well at 145 pounds rattling off seven straight weeks. Injury wise, Wellington is at full strength.•Holt is also having a good season at 10-3. Not bad considering he hasn’t wrestled since the seventh grade.•••••The look aheadWellington won’t wrestle until Jan. 10 when the Crusaders travel to Rossville for a double dual with Junction City on Friday, Jan. 10-11. The fact the holidays landed on a Wednesday this year and school not starting until Jan. 6 has given every sports team a late start in 2014. The Wellington wrestling team is no exception. It will be nearly three weeks of no competitive mat action when the Crusaders start up again.  Will the team be sharp?“If I could get every wrestler into the weight room during Christmas break practices it would be great,” McComb said. “Unfortunately, some kids seem to think that don’t have to practice until school starts up again. Guess what? I also don’t have to start wrestlers during a match either.”The Crusaders will host their first double dual on Thursday, Jan. 16 with Buhler and Mulvane at 5 p.m.. The week after will be huge for the Dukes as they travel to Clearwater for a league double dual with Andale. The location for that dual is at Clearwater not Andale as was previously reported.For Wellington to have success, McComb said, it will have to improve on its takedowns. While Wellington wrestlers have had 62 pins while getting pinned just 33 times, they are getting beat on takedowns. The Dukes have taken down their opponents 97 times, but have been taken down 136 times. They have had 51 reversals this season which isn’t super high.The moral to the story? The Crusader grapplers either win by pin, or they have trouble getting a victory.Whatever the case McComb would love to see seven wrestlers at the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina Feb. 28 – March 1 at the Salina Bicentennial Center.“That would be a great accomplishment,” McComb said. “We haven’t had that kind of representation in years.” by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington variety wrestling team enters 2014 with perhaps the highest expectations for the program since the turn of the century.Wellington is 9-3 in duals and finished seventh at its home tournament on Dec. 14.And Wellington head coach Mitch McComb offered this bold prediction:“We could win the regional title (in February), and qualify as many as seven wrestlers.”Those are words that haven’t been spoken since the Russ Decker days in the mid-1990s. This year’s regional tournament is slated for Feb. 21-22 and includes Wellington, Winfield, Labette County, Andale, Andover Central, Augusta, Clearwater, Coffeyville, El Dorado, Independence, Mulvane, Pratt, Rose Hill, Circle, and Wichita Trinity.“It could be a strange tournament,” McComb said. “It’s the kind of tournament where there are a lot of wrestlers in each weight class with an even amount of talent. We could also finish as low as 10th and get in just one or two wrestlers.”Nevertheless, there is whole lot of wrestling between now and then, including Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division IV dual competition beginning Jan. 23 with a double dual against Andale at Clearwater. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 344 weeks ago I’d like to see such in-depth reporting on something other than sports. What about academics, art, music, drama? Report Reply 3 replies · active 344 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down dana tompkins · 344 weeks ago I like hearing about sports, probably along with more than half the town. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Guest · 344 weeks ago I didn’t mean for sports reporting to stop, only give more attention to other areas of the school community that involve students not involved in sports. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 344 weeks ago Me too. Nothing against sports, but I’d like to hear about the schools’ music programs as well. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down dana tompkins · 344 weeks ago good job wrestlers:) lots of dedication, its great to hear about good things happen instead of hearing about how bad teenagers can be!! keeps their heads straight and out of trouble Report Reply 0 replies · active 344 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 344 weeks ago To everyone complaining about an in depth article about the wrestling season ..If you don’t like it don’t read it. As a former WHS wrestler it is very interesting to hear detailed reports like this. I know what all of these gentlemen are going through phsyically, mentally and nutritionally. Wrestling is single handedly the toughest sport in High School. In a 6-minute wrestling match you burn as many calories as an entire basketball game. There is nothing like wrestling shape and it is a very good sport that more people should participate in. If you win there is nobody to take the credit but yourself because afterall you get out of it what you put into it. Great job wrestlers! I remember when Ben was a tiny kid in WoW. He has stuck with it and achieved success far beyond success on the wrestling mat. To all the wrestlers. Push yourselves beyond what you think you can do. Wrestling is 90% mental 10% physical. Remember that! Report Reply 1 reply · active 344 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 344 weeks ago Ben is one of those kids, who does not have a lot of god given athletic skills, but who works hard to be better and is successful because of it. He epitomizes what a student-athlete should be. On a different note, I find this whole conversation a bit ironic. Due to other conflicts I haven’t exactly torn up the world with my sports coverage this winter. I hope to get back to doing that in January. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 344 weeks ago Wrestling believe it or not is more about technique more than being physical. I put a kid on his back who was 25-1, from the #2 High School in the nation, and nearly pinned him because of the ability to execute technique. There are exceptions such as Kody Page who was just a beast and plain and simple just out muscled everybody with very little technique but it is quite rare. Report Reply 0 replies · active 344 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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