The Trojan wrestlers trekked across the state to Truman High School, near Kansas City, for their first tournament of the season. It was worth the trip. Troy sent 13 wrestlers to compete, all 13 placed. There were 12 teams, in two pools, wrestling a round robin in the pools; then the top wrestlers would compete for first in a bracket format.
Troy was vacant at the 106 pound weight class. As 113, Jr. Nick Schulte wrestled to place sixth. Kurtis Meyers, Jr., at 160, finished with a win to claim 5th place. At 126, Jr., Alex Suchland finished 4th.
The Trojans sent 10 wrestlers to the finals for first place. At 120, Colt Schuman led the charge! Colt won first with a score of 10 – 4. At 126, Alec Seely wrestled to finish second. At 138 lbs. Kyle Hamilton finished with a win to earn first place. At 145, Reed Cross fought some tough matches and claimed second place. At 152, Jake Kaibel, dominated everyone he faced to win first. At 170, Tim Hoffman also dominated his opponents to win first. Now at 182, Colton Howard wrestled up two weight classes to compete. Colton had beaten and pinned mostly everyone he faced until the finals. Colton was narrowly beaten out for first to claim second. Andrew Dunn, at 195 and Christian Gillespie, at 220, were able to claim long sought after gold medals. At the 285 class, Cody Miller fought hard for second.
The Troy wrestlers, as a team, won the tournament by a wide margin. The season is just beginning, and hopes are high for a great season. All in all, this was a good way to start the tournament season. The coaches will continue to push the wrestlers, and the wrestlers will have to push each other so they can make a showing at the state tournament in mid-February.
Courtesy of Fred Schuman.