Lind grabs Cats’ lone victory at weekend tourney
Luck doesn't come much worse than it did Saturday for the De Soto wrestling team, competing at Burlington in its first tournament of 2007.
Only one Wildcat won a match at the large meet, and that wrestler -- sophomore Trey Lind -- wasn't even scoring for the green and white. Trying to squeeze as many wrestlers as possible into the varsity meet, Lind was wrestling unattached.
"He wrestled unattached for us, but he wrestled well," assistant coach Jason Post said. "He's the only one that got a win for us, and we're proud."
Post said he knew he would be working with inexperienced kids when he accepted the job in the offseason, but even he admitted he didn't know exactly what was in store for him.
Surprise aside, Post said he's pleased with the way the program has come together. Though the Wildcats' roster is replete with young and inexperienced competitors, he said the progress the kids are making is obvious, even if it didn't show at the 17-team meet in Burlington.
"We're young, we're inexperienced and we have a long road ahead of us," Post said. "It's an uphill battle, but the kids are working hard and that's all you can ask for. It looks a little better than it did at the start of the year."
Filling in for coach Matt Jones, who missed the meet after undergoing surgery, Post certainly has enough experience to get the job done while Jones is on the mend.
A high school wrestler himself in Hill City, a small town in northwest Kansas, he was a state champion in 1994. Post went on to wrestle for two years at Fort Hays State.
He then spent two seasons as an assistant at Blue Valley North and three at Olathe Northwest before coming to De Soto this season.
There have been some good moments and some frustrating times in his short stint as a De Soto assistant, he said.
Falling squarely in the "good moment" category was Lind's win in Burlington. Lind had already added four wins wrestling on the junior varsity circuit, but picked up his first career varsity victory.
For a sophomore still figuring things out in his first season on the mats, that's something to be proud of, Post said.
"He just likes to get out there and get after it, and he'll give you 100 percent at all times," Post said. "This is his first year, so he's in over his head, but he wrestled well."