Dukes, Gillett grab third at Bobcat Classic
Matt Dukes' past winning streak and Matt Gillett's good performance were not enough to help the Basehor-Linwood wrestling team finish higher than 16th place this last weekend at the Bobcat Classic.
One factor was Matt Duke's winning streak came to an end when he was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Although no one has out wrestled Dukes, he suffered his first loss of the season on Saturday when he was disqualified in his first round match against Daniel Stevens of Junction City.
The referee said a slam Dukes executed was unsportsmanlike and he immediately disqualified him.
Dukes said the slam was only severe because Stevens did not defend himself.
"I definitely would've rather been in the finals," Dukes said. "But I'm happy with third I guess. I just shouldn't have done that stupid move at the beginning. I know I wouldn't have fallen."
After losing that first match, Dukes cruised through the rest of the 152-pound field on his way to third place. Three of his six consecutive victories were by fall and the other three he won by an average margin of 11-5.
Unlike Dukes, Gillett took his performance to the peak. After an easy 9-0 victory in the first round, Gillett was ousted in the second round by another wrestler from Junction City. It was a closely contested quarterfinal match, but three late points by Fred Wilcox gave him the 7-5 victory and sent Gillett to the consolation bracket.
Once he was there, Gillett knocked off opponents left and right. Four straight pins propelled Gillett to third place a place he was happy with especially considering his early exit a year ago.
"You always want to get first," Gillett said. "But I knew we had some tough competition here so I'd say third was pretty good. I feel it was the best I could've done."
Both performances were the best for the Bobcats.
Heading into the event, Neil said he didn't expect his team to finish high in the team standings, but he did expect a few guys to place.
With 152-pounder Brandon Buck still out with an injury, the lineup for the Bobcats was jostled and there were guys wrestling at unfamiliar weights. Dukes wrestled heavier than normal, as did Brian Fish and Craig Bower.
For the second straight year, Atchison County Community High School won the event, finishing with 167.5 points. Glenwood High School, from Iowa, finished in second place with 149.5 points and Goodland High School finished in third with 142.
103 BLHS Open Champion: Dusty Briggs Garden City
112 BLHS Cody Bell 2-2; scratch Champion: Tanner Gardner Shawnee Heights
119 BLHS Open Champion: Brad Gregory Glenwood
125 BLHS Joe Bell 0-2 Champion: Kevin Townsend Glenwood
130 BLHS Tim Morgan 2-2 Champion: Emery McReynolds Columbus
135 BLHS Billy Crum 0-2 Champion: Kurtis Springstad ACCHS.
140 BLHS Jeff Lackner 0-2 Champion: Nolan Crisper St. Thomas Aquinas.
145 BLHS Brian Fish 0-2 Champion: Quintin Moreno Glenwood.
152 BLHS Matt Dukes 6-1; third place Champion: Kirk Artist Glenwood.
160 BLHS Open Champion: Brett Stewart Junction City.
171 BLHS Joe Johnson 0-2 Champion: Gabe Conaghan St. Thomas Aquinas.
189 BLHS Open Champion: Justin Stevens Lawrence Free State.
215 BLHS Nick Pike 1-2 Champion: Josh Carroll Olathe North.
275 BLHS Matt Gillett 5-1; third place Champion: Adam Venegas Olathe North.
1. Atchison County Comm. 167.5
2. Glenwood, Iowa - 149.5
3. Goodland - 142
4. Columbus - 124
5. Paola - 113.5
6. St. Thomas Aquinas - 104.5
7. Fort Scott - 99
8. Garden City - 94.5
9. Olathe North - 86.5
10. Junction City - 82
11. Shawnee Heights - 77.5
12. Lawrence Free State - 73
13. Turner - 72
14. Chapman - 60.5
15. Spring Hill - 57.5
16. Basehor-Linwood - 56
17. Bonner Springs - 55
18. Sumner Academy - 44
19. Eudora - 33
20. Blue Valley - 30
21. J.C. Harmon - 30