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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Demons send seven to Wichita for State tourney

  • Move over Miami Heat's "Big Three." Dodge City Red Demon wrestling has their own triple-headed monster that is making waves on the mat, as the Demons prepare for Friday and Saturday's State tournament in Wichita.


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  • Move over Miami Heat's "Big Three." Dodge City Red Demon wrestling has their own triple-headed monster that is making waves on the mat, as the Demons prepare for Friday and Saturday's State tournament in Wichita.
         Alex Garcia, Dane Edwards and Jacob Eggers all walked out of Garden City's gym this past Saturday with the title "Regional champion" in front of their names.
         With one of the tougher regionals in 6A, one that featured three teams ranked in the top 10, the Demons were able to qualify half of their competing roster, sending seven wrestlers to Wichita this weekend.
         "For the ones that didn't qualify, it's hard for them because they put their heart into their offseason and inseason work, so we would have loved to have seen all 14 guys qualify," said head coach Lars Lueders. "But, for the guys that are going, I thought they performed at a very high level and our three regional champions kind of backs up what we did last year with four regional champions. Overall I thought we wrestled tough."
         The three champions finished their meet unscathed, as Garcia won his first match by fall and his finals match via a 6-4 overtime decision over Michael Lindlar of Wichita Northwest. Edwards, at 126 pounds, went 3-0 with three different outcomes, winning by pin, technical fall, and decision, taking down Terry Wise of Hutchinson 5-0 in his finals matchup. As for Eggers, he improved to 30-6 overall with a 3-0 day that featured a 1-0 finals decision over hometown favorite Jonathan Heiman of Garden.
         The remaining qualifiers include David Montoya at 106 pounds (third place), Freddy Hernandez at 195 pounds (third place), Francisco Serna at 220 pounds (second place) and Tommy Andrews at 285 pounds (fourth place).
         Montoya is making a trip to the State tournament after returning this season from a knee injury that sidelined him throughout last year's schedule. Lueders says that his return to State is one that has been a long time coming for one of the more consistent wrestlers during his tenure at Dodge City.
         As for the wrestlers that gave it their all but fell a bit short of their State qualifying goal, Lueders said he offered up words of encouragement to those who will still have an opportunity to make it to the big stage next year.
         "There's not a lot you can say to make those kids feel better, but I tried to tell them that we are proud of them and what they have done for our program," he said. "I told them to pick their heads up, because I think our kids have a bright future, they work hard, do all the right things and they represent Dodge City in a positive manner. If they can put the work in the offseason, they'll be going to the State tournament next year."
    Page 2 of 3 -      One of the interesting aspects of Saturday's Regional competition, was that every senior that had a chance to qualify for State for the final time did so, a feat that had Lueders beaming with confidence as he reflected on his squad's accomplishments from this past year.
         "When I look back on this year, the cool part for me will be that all the seniors performed at a high level and all of them that entered the Regional tournament came out as State qualifiers," he said. "For me, that's pretty cool because that's the group that I started with when I got here, so it's great to see them succeed. And with our qualifiers, I think that senior leadership will help mold the younger guys and show them what they need to be like next year."
         Now the Demons will gear up for a trip to Wichita on Thursday, as the wrestling is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Wichita-Hartman Arena. With the fan support that the Demon wrestlers got in Garden City, Lueders is hoping for a repeat performance come Friday and Saturday.
         "In Garden, the crowd was awesome, they were up and being loud and cheering during those close matches, people were getting excited for them and that is what wrestling is all about," he said. "We appreciate the Dodge City wrestling community coming out to support us and we hope to get a good turnout at State because it's going to be much of the same, and we'd love to see the community out there to support the kids."
    106 – David Montoya; 3rd Place (14-5 overall)
    Won by decision over Charles Adams (Wichita North); 11-10
    Lost by fall to Jake Greider (Campus); 3:48
    Won by fall over Marc Guerro (Wichita Northwest); :35
    Won by decision over Kane Crider (Maize); 9-7 OT
    113 – Alex Garcia; Regional Champion (29-7 overall)
    Won by fall over Masen McCracken (Campus); 1:04
    Won by decision over Michael Lindlar (Wichita Northwest); 6-4 OT
    120 – Jaquan Graves; Did not Place (17-16 overall)
    1-2 on the day
    126 – Dane Edwards; Regional Champion (33-4 overall)
    Won by fall over Larry Kasney (Campus); :18
    Won by T-fall over Reggie Cooper (Wichita Northwest); 16-0
    Won by decision over Terry Wise (Hutchinson); 5-0
    132 – Victor Ortiz; Did not place (1-14 overall)
    0-2 on the day
    138 – David Forrester; Did not place (4-7 overall)
    0-2 on the day
    145 – Jhett Ostrom; Did not Place (10-21 overall)
    1-2 on the day
    152 – Santiago Garcia; Did not place (4-12 overall)
    0-2 on the day
    Page 3 of 3 - 160 – Jacob Eggers; Regional Champion (30-6 overall)
    Won by fall over Lalo Palicio (Campus); 3:16
    Won by DQ over Ja’mon Cotton (Hutchinson)
    Won by decision over Jonathan Heiman (Garden City); 1-0
    170 – Corey Keller; Did not place (11-20 overall)
    0-2 on the day
    182 – Blake Rains; Did not place (1-2 overall)
    0-2 on the day
    195 – Freddy Hernandez; 3rd Place (19-16 overall)
    Lost by decision to Sam Reyes (Garden City); 4-2 OT
    Won by decision over Dalton Luce (Hutchinson); 4-3
    Won by fall over Wayne Adams (Wichita South); 1:40
    220- Francisco Serna; 2nd Place (18-17 overall)
    Won by fall over Warren Flores (Wichita North); 3:14
    Won by decision over Seth Birkes (Wichita South); 3-2 OT
    Lost by fall to Tyler Keller (Wichita Northwest); 1:12
    285 – Tommy Andrews; 4th Place (12-7 overall)
    Won by decision over Jason Carreon (Garden City); 6-3
    Lost by fall to Tarez Griffin (Wichita Northwest); 1:34
    Won by decision over Jonathan Villanueva (Wichita North); 3-2 OT
    Lost by fall to Austin Crump (Campus); 3:33

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