Wrestlers seventh against tough competition
Seventh out of 10 teams isn't usually a great finish. But, the wrestling tournament Saturday at Osawatomie was not a competition between soft teams.
"Out of the 10 teams, eight of them were solid," said Bill DeWitt, Tonganoxie wrestling coach.
Chris Calovich wrestled well, according to DeWitt. He placed first at 215 pounds.
Zach Subelka placed second at 189 pounds. Mike Andrews, 152 pounds, and Tony Miller, 275 pounds, placed fourth.
DeWitt said last week that he knew the tournament would be tough. In addition to Santa Fe Trail and Basehor--Linwood, Spring Hill and Knob Noster, Mo., brought good teams.
That tough competition coupled with a flu bug that kept different wrestlers out of practice during the week contributed to the Chieftains finish.
"It gives us an idea of how hard we have to work before regionals," DeWitt said.
The Chieftains wrestle Thursday at DeSoto, only a short drive from Tonganoxie. It will be the team's final dual of the year.
Tonganoxie could finish third in duals in the Kaw Valley League standings with wins against DeSoto and Lansing.
Matches between Lansing and DeSoto begin at 5:30 p.m. The Chieftains will wrestle the two subsequent sets of matches.