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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Demons turn tournament field upside down with win

  • While the Dodge City Red Demon varsity wrestling team took the weekend off, this Saturday was the junior varsity's time to shine, as Dodge City hosted their first-ever Dodge City JV Duals featuring three of the Western Athletic Conference squads.


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  • While the Dodge City Red Demon varsity wrestling team took the weekend off, this Saturday was the junior varsity's time to shine, as Dodge City hosted their first-ever Dodge City JV Duals featuring three of the Western Athletic Conference squads.
         Liberal, Garden City and Pratt all made the trip to Dodge, but Hays, who had committed to the event earlier in the year, had to pull out due to weather problems on Friday night.
         With the show continuing, the dual-style tournament had each team wrestle-against another school until the lineup was complete. Then leftover wrestlers squared off in exhibition matches to allow the kids to gain valuable mat time.
         The Demons stepped up in a big way Saturday morning, winning all three of their duals to complete the tournament in first place with a 3-0 record. Liberal (2-1), Garden City (1-2) and Pratt (0-3) rounded out the rest of the standings.
         "Overall, I think it went pretty smooth. Everyone involved got a lot of mat time, and that was the point of this tournament was to allow those JV kids to improve," said head coach Lars Lueders. "I believe our JV did well. Obviously they won the tournament, so that's always a bonus. I think they learned some valuable things, not only in mat situations, but dual situations."
         This tournament was Dodge High's first-ever attempt at a JV dual-style competition, and Lueders said he would like to see it expand and become an annual affair after seeing it in action on Saturday.
         "The response from the other teams was good. The teams got in the mat time they were hoping for, and we told those teams that we will get more teams into the field next year," he said. "We already have a commitment from Great Bend next year, and we're looking to expand it and possibly get some teams from Wichita in there."
    Glimpse of the future
         As for the kids who wrestled on Saturday, they got a glimpse into the word of dual meets, where winning and losing becomes crucial based upon how many points they gain or lose for their team.
         Also, the tournament gave the Dodge City coaches a chance to evaluate the talent and depth of their roster, as the Demons are always looking to improve their core group of wrestlers for years to come.
         One of the wrestlers who competed Saturday was Tommy Andrews, a former varsity wrestler who was sidelined the past month while battling an illness. The action he received this weekend was an effort to see where he stood on his road to recovery.
         "Tommy looked good. He got two pins, and we were just wanting to get his legs underneath him and knock some of the rust off," Lueders said. "Overall as a team, I feel we have all improved. There isn't one kid that we looked at that hasn't improved since the beginning of the year."
    Page 2 of 2 -      Perhaps one of the more intriguing storylines going into the tournament was that the varsity Demons are going into their Senior Night on Thursday with eight upperclassmen. Those eight seniors will have to be replaced next season, and the wrestlers who competed Saturday will find themselves thrust into the spotlight come this time next year.
          This weekend's tournament was a peek into the future of Dodge City wrestling.
         "We're graduating a big senior class, and we're pleased with what we saw from the JV level," Lueders said. "We know there can still be a lot of improvement, but I think what we're pleased about most is the commitment level from those kids. They've been in it from day one. They don't miss practices, and we'll be able to gauge what kind of impact they can make next year once we see the offseason work that they have put in."
         The varsity Demon wrestlers are back in action Thursday, as they host Liberal on Senior Night for their final WAC home dual.
    Pratt
    106 – Jaden McRoberts won by forfeit
    113 – Edgar Marquez won by fall
    120 – Dakota Loeschen won by forfeit
    126 – Alex Soltero won by decision, 6-2
    132 – Jesus Triana won by forfeit
    138 – Zach Cook won by major decision, 11-3
    145 – Tomas Marquez won by forfeit
    170 – Blake Rains won by fall, :14
    285 – Tommy Andrews won by forfeit
    Liberal
    106 – Jaden McRoberts won by fall
    113 – Edgar Marquez won by fall
    120 – Dakota Loeschen won by fall
    132 – Jesus Triana won by fall
    145 – Tomas Marquez won by fall
    285 – Tommy Andrews won by fall
    Garden City
    106 – Landon Blackburn won by forfeit
    113 – Caleb Crockett won by forfeit
    120 – Michael Imel won by forfeit
    126 – Emanuel Paz won by forfeit
    132 – Erandi Garcia won by forfeit
    285 – Tommy Andrews won by fall
    Exhibition Matches vs. Liberal
    106 – Landon Blackburn won by decision, 7-0
    113 – Caleb Crockett won by fall
    120 – Michael Imel won by fall
    126 – Emanuel Paz won by decision, 10-4

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