In their final action before Regionals this weekend in El Dorado, the Oriole wrestlers gained a big boost of momentum at the Remington Invitational Saturday.
Augusta’s top dogs — John George (126 pounds), Avin George (132) and Cole Edwards (220) — all won individual championship titles to help pace the Orioles to a team championship, too, its first team title of the season. Augusta finished with 183.5 points to win the title. Clearwater took second with 157 points, McPherson took third with 136 points, Douglass took fourth with 135 points and Chaparral was fifth with 129 points.
John George capped his regular season with four wins to finish with a 24-6 record heading to Regionals. He won his first three matches with pins, the first of which came in the first round, then won the championship match over Southeast of Saline’s Zeb Turner with a tech fall by score of 17-2.
Avin George, who may be hitting his stride after injuries hindered him most of the season, had a first-round bye, then won his next two matches with pins. In the championship match, Avin pinned Douglass’ Hunter Miller at the 2:53 mark. He caps his regular season with an 11-7 record.
Edwards only had two matches to get through. He got a pin victory in the semifinals, then beat Chaparral’s Isaac Helms 4-0 in the championship. Edwards enters Regionals with a 21-4 record and should be in contention for a title.
The rest of the Oriole placers had one tough loss, but did impressive work on the backside to earn third place.
Gabe Fox (106) won his first two matches, which included a pin, before losing 4-2 in the semifinals. He won his final matches with pins to earn third place. He caps his regular season with a 15-12 record.
Dalton Blazer (120) had a first-round bye, then lost his first match. In consolation action, though, Blazer three straight bouts, two of them with pins, to take third place. He topped Clearwater’s Jack Pawloski 6-0 in the final match.
Brendon Griffin (152) lost his first bout in a tough 10-5 match, but he dominated his final three matches with a 13-0 win and two pin victories to take third place overall. Griffin enters Regionals with a 12-14 record.
Dominik Ketchum (160) won his first two matches, one of which included a first-period pin. He got pinned in the semifinals, but was able to bounce back and finish his final two matches with two fast pins to take third place. Ketchum has an 8-14 record.
Jacob Pytel (170) won his first bout with a first-period pin before losing in the semifinals to Douglass’ Zach Dressler. Pytel got two first-period pins to cap his day with a third-place finish. He enters Regionals with a 15-14 record.
Kendal Davis won his first bout before losing in the semifinals. He bounced back to win his final two matches and take third place overall. He caps the season with a 10-6 record.
Augusta will compete at the Class 4A Regional in El Dorado this Friday and Saturday. Any wrestlers who place in the top four qualify for State the following week in Salina. The Regional may be the toughest of all of the Regionals as four ranked teams— No. 2 Andover Central, No. 3 Andale, No. 5 Pratt and No. 9 El Dorado — will compete, along with other tough teams like Winfield, Wellington, Mulvane and Maize South.
-In junior varsity wrestling action, several Orioles competed at a JV tournament in Valley Center.
AJ Lindner had the best day for Augusta. He went 2-2 with a pin and a 10-0 win in 132-pound action. Gavin Payne went 2-2, though both wins were results of byes. Will Slaughter had two byes and won a match 8-1 to finish 3-2 on the day.
Gavin Barker (106), Matthew Wright (120) Nick Anderson (126) and Cameron Pirtle (220) all went 1-2 on the day.