Pony wrestlers improve at IMS Classic

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Iola Middle School seventh-grader Alex Bauer pushes and squeezes to pin Central Heights Junior High’s Eli Davis’ shoulders to the mat during a match Tuesday at the IMS Classic. The middlle School wrestling tournament was held at Iola High School.
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Iola Middle School’s John Whitworth (top) stretches his legs away from Prairie View’s Damian Hesse during their match here Tuesday at the IMS Classic. Whitworth won his weight bracket.
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Cody Conner of Iola (blond) has Trace Baldwin of Frontenac upside down during a match at Tuesday’s IMS Classic.

Having a good showing at home is always a good thing.
Iola Middle School’s Pony wrestlers did just that Tuesday at the 2009 IMS Classic. It’s the second year for the tournament, which is the only time the Ponies compete on their home mats.
A year ago there were just four teams — Iola, Prairie View of LaCygne, Anderson County of Garnett and Central Heights of Richmond — in the event.
Three new teams joined those four Tuesday: Burlington, Coffeyville and Frontenac.
“The tournament ran smoothly. We had a lot of helpers to make it go that way,” said Ron Schomaker, IMS wrestling coach.
“Our kids did well. I was proud of their effort. We had a few third-period comebacks.”
Iola racked up nine first-place finishes in the tournament.
Cody Conner rolled past Trace Baldwin of Frontenac 14-0 then pinned Blayne Roelker of Central Heights.
Paul Douglas won his weight bracket. He pinned McKinnon Burns of Burlington then got past Louis Branetti of Frontenac 7-6. Douglas defeated Iola teammate Tristan Sigfusson 4-0.
Sigfusson took third in the bracket. He defeated Burns by a fall then lost to Branetti 7-5.
Kaleb Mock posted three wins by pins to claim first place. He pinned Bryce Harden of Burlington, Kelby Wright and Brandon Mistler, both of Coffeyville.
Michael Armstrong notched a 10-1 decision over Donovan Millikien of Central Heights to open action. He defeated Johnny Schmidt of Prairie View 8-0 and Jordan Fulks of Prairie View 6-5.
Bryce Misenhelter defeated Elijah Jones of Coffeyville 6-4. He captured first by pinning Drew Lovell of Frontenac and Antony Furse of Burlington.
John Whitworth took first in his bracket by pinning Alex Jones of Central Heights then defeating Nick Winjent of Coffeyville 13-0. Whitworth defeated Damian Hesse of Prairie View 8-1.
Also taking first was Travis Rieske. He beat Kaleb Grimsley of Central Heights 6-5 then pinned Alex Dennison of Anderson County and Caleb Crittenden of Burlington.
Alex Bauer went 3-0 via pins. He won by falls over Eli Davis of Central Heights, Levi Sneider of Frontenac and Luke Walhmeier of Burlington.
Trey Colborn was first in his bracket. He pinned Dakota Tinker of Prairie View and Manual Galeana of Coffeyville.
Placing second in his bracket was Jonathan Tidd. He was pinned by Wesley Leach of Prairie View then came back to defeat Brendon Follett of Coffeyville, 19-4.
Wyatt Hines placed second in his bracket. He lost 7-0 to Colton Breshears of Burlington and pinned Tyler Zinn of Prairie View.
Roger Maynard pinned his first two opponents — Cody Michelle of Prairie View and Michael Mader of Anderson County. He lost a heartbreaker, 3-2, to Cordell Dunlop of Prairie View.
Drake Dieker defeated Iola teammate Colton Heffern 14-8 to take third in their weight bracket. Dieker and Heffern were pinned by Jake Christman of Frontenac and Matt Ludlum of Burlington.
Derrick Weir lost to Tristan Miller of Prairie View 12-2 then dropped a 5-0 decision to Dallas Cox on Anderson County. He lost 14-2 to Kobie Engle of Burlington.
Jordan Long lost 6-0 to Spencer Ingram of Prairie View then was pinned by Tommy Felts of Coffeyville. He lost 7-2 to Austin Seward of Frontenac.
Brock Peters was pinned by Taylor Withers of Burlington and Andrew Faucet of Frontenac.
“We try not to focus on wins and losses but getting better and effort,” said Schomaker. “I’m pretty proud of how well that went for us Tuesday.”
The Iola wrestlers travel to Independence on Monday.