Daily Leader staff report
After a decent start to the Garden City wrestling tournament Friday, Liberal lost four wrestlers, three that still had Saturday matches, for violating team policy.
“I had to dismiss them form the team,” Liberal coach Mike Pewthers said.
Liberal was still able to place 11th after having to forfeit matches.
Justin McPhail led the team with a second place finish at the 189-pound weight class.
“Justin wrestled really well,” Pewthers said. “He made it to finals and got second. The kid from Colorado (Derek Good) was a returning state champ, and Justin only lost 3-1.”
Carlos Rodriguez went 2-2 and Akele Powdrill went 1-2.
“Several of our guys wrestled real well,” Pewthers said. Adebayo Braimah got sixth place.
“We did a good job wrestling,” Pewthers said. “It was just that one incident that cost us.”
Pewthers will now have to fill the gaps with members from the junior varsity squad.
“We talk to them about being prepared,” Pewthers said. “They went to Larned this weekend, and we had 10 kids place. Four champions and three seconds. The JV guys are there. They know where they need to be. They’ve been working hard to fill the gap.”
The revamped Redskins will travel to Lamar, Colo., for a dual Tuesday.
The Savages finished ninth at the Garden City tournament.
119 Adrian Salas Record: 27- 7 2nd Place
Defeated Chris Walker, Roosevelt by T-Fall 21-6
Defeated Hunter Shively, Conifer by Dec 2-0
Defeated Francisco Antillon, Scott City by Dec 2-1
Lost to Colt McElroy, Garden City by Frft
135 Adebayo Braimah Record: 24-13 6th Place
Defeated Anthony Gardner, Scott City by M-Dec 17-6
Lost to Mason Marick, Roosevelt by Dec 11-7
Defeated Cope Wickham, Hays by Fall
Defeated Nick Grooms, Canon City by Fall
Lost to Colton Eck, Andale by M-Dec 16-4
Lost to Mason Marick, Roosevelt by Fall
145 Enrique Avila Record: 16-16
Lost to Zeb Harvey, Lamar Savage by Dec
Defeated Brody Deschner, Newton by M-Dec 11-0
Lost to David Baca, Lakin by Fall
160 Carlos Rodriguez Record: 23- 9
Defeated Dillon Archer, Newton by Dec 14-7
Lost to Blake Nygren, Roosevelt by Dec 3-0
Lost to Sage Everidge, Rio Rancho by Fall
171 Moises Andrade Record: 19-11
Lost to Austin Gabel, Ponderosa by T-Fall
Defeated Chase Fraser, Free State by Fall
Lost to Tony Garcia, Rio Rancho by Frft
189 Justin McPhail Record: 31- 3 2nd Place
Defeated Hugh McConnell, Newton by Dec
Defeated Adam D'angelo, Emporia by M-Dec 10-2
Defeated Steven Koenig, Roosevelt by Frft 7-5
Lost to Derek Good, Ponderosa by Dec 3-1
215 Devon Davis Record: 10-11
Lost to Shea Nolan, Rio Rancho by Fall
Lost to Pat Martinez, Lamar Savage by Frft
275 Akele Powdrill Record: 19-13
Lost to Abel Ortega, Lamar Savage by M-Dec 14-4
Defeated Sean Palinckx, Ponderosa by Dec OT 10-9
Lost to Nate Shepherd, Castle View by Def