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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pioneer grapplers making progress

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  • The Leavenworth High School wrestling team had one place finisher and two near place finishers Saturday at the Lee’s Summit Holiday Tournament in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
    Senior Danial Wilson took home sixth at 145 pounds.
    “I’m very proud of the work that he’s putting in and it seems like every meet he gets better at something,” LHS head coach Jay Johnston said.
    At 182 pounds, junior Austin Tresner finished second in his pool and made it to the seventh-place match.
    At 106 pounds, freshman Malieke Wright finished fourth in his pool and made it to the 11th place match.
    The tournament was shortened because of weather.
    Wright was having success at the junior varsity level, so he made the jump to varsity for the tournament.
    “We wanted to show him the other side of it,” Johnston said. “I think he’s going to be a tough young man down the road.”
    Tresner is a second-year wrestler with most of his experience coming from the junior varsity level.
    “He’s learning so much,” Johnston said. “He’s one of the fastest growers in the sport that I’ve ever seen.”
    Johnston said Tresner is gaining confidence in his offensive abilities.
    “Now he’s starting to get confident and take people down,” he said.
    Senior Michael Harrington finished third in his pool and lost in the consolation round.
    The top two in each pool qualify for the championship bracket.
    “He was about three seconds away from making the championship bracket and lost a close one in the final seconds,” Johnston said. “He’s worked a lot on his mental game and fighting back when things don’t go your way. I think mentally he’s been as strong as he’s been at any point in his career.”
    Overall, Johnston said the tournament went well.
    “The tournament went much better than I thought,” he said. “We are so young and we’ve been spoiled a couple of years with seniors and juniors who have been experienced and had success.”
    Johnston said he’s enjoyed watching the team’s progress.
    “Even though, traditionally, we are not where we usually are, it’s probably been my funnest year coaching because there’s so much learning going on in the room,” he said.
    The Pioneers return to practice Friday before hosting eighth-ranked Gardner-Edgerton at 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

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