Eight Wildcats finish sixth or better at Burlington Invitational
In one of its most impressive performances to date, De Soto's wrestling team placed eight wrestlers in the top six spots of their respective weight classes Jan. 10 at the Burlington Wrestling Invitational. The result was a second-place team finish with 159 points.
Three Wildcats grappled their way to first-place finishes.
To nobody's surprise, Neil Erisman won the 152-pound weight class. The top-ranked sophomore earned the championship with a pin over Burlington's Jim Talley. He also pinned Aaron Minde (Holton) and Bret Turner (Burlingame) getting to the finals.
Trevor Leahy pinned Jonathan Booe (Cherryvale) and Jordan Robbins (Holton) before earning a hard-fought 5-3 decision over Fredonia's Jordan Stewart in the 119-pound championship match.
Leif Goleman also pulled the trifecta at 171 pounds by pinning all three opponents he faced. Justin Erbe (Burlington) and Marcus Meyers (Bishop Ward) fell victim to Goleman before he bested Steven Landrith (Coffeyville) in the championship.
Brandon Hurt earned third place at 112 pounds with a 9-0 major decision win over Mitch Spade (Holton). Jacob Rupe pinned Tyler Bullock (Cherryvale) in the 125-pound fifth-place match.
Adam Faircloth fell just short of a gold medal when he was major decisioned 15-6 by 130-pound champion Wyatt Bechtel (Eureka) in the championship match.
Casey Johnson fell to Kyle Thurman (Coffeyville) by a 4-1 count in the fifth-place match at 160 pounds.
Alex Mercer was pinned by Cameron Galvan (West Elk) in the third-place match of the 215-pound weight class.
In other action last week, the Wildcats won a pair of duals over Piper and Mill Valley at Piper. De Soto belted the Pirates 53-18 and eked out a 36-33 win over the Jaguars.
To get the win over Mill Valley, De Soto needed a pin from heavyweight Blake Lindbloom.