Host Hawks pin down team title at Dennis Field Invitational

The Woodward-Granger wrestlers had four champions and four runner-up finishers in winning the annual Dennis Field Invitational Saturday. Photo courtesy Melinda Harney.

WOODWARD — Four champions and four runner-up placers helped host Woodward-Granger lift the team crown at the annual Dennis Field Invitational Saturday.

W-G piled up 197 points, with Martensdale-St Marys a distant second at 143. Colfax-Mingo was third at 119, with SE Warren/Melcher-Dallas (113) fourth while Coon Rapids-Bayard (70), Roland-Story (62), Collins-Maxwell (58) and Baxter (35) completed the list of those in competition.

Hawk head coach Dave Smeltzer was more than pleased with the effort of his squad.

“We had some freshmen really step up for us today, and all through the lineup we had guys going hard every second, which is what we expect,” Smeltzer said. “I have really pushed the guys and worked them hard and they got to see the results today, because we were clearly the team in the best shape out there today.”

Top-ranked and defending state champion Cody Fisher (220 pounds) cruised to a championship, as did Cale Pritchett (170), Kade Polich (182) and Peyton Nixon (106), with Joel Harney (113), Dustin Harney (152), Jon McKeever (160) and Alex Evans (285) also reaching the final bouts of their respective brackets.

Fisher was 3-0 with three pins in improving to 151-10 in his career, with Polich 4-0 by account of three pins and one win by injury default. Pritchett was 3-0 with two pins and a decision, with Nixon winning by major decision, technical fall and pin.

“The whole team was just really focused on what we needed to do,” Smeltzer said. “We had some young guys filling roles where we have starters out who will return, but they more than held their own today.”

Joel Harney was 1-1 with a pin while Evans was 2-1 with two pins, McKeever 3-1 with two pins and a win by injury default while Dustin Harney finished 4-1 with all four victories by fall.

Matthew White was 2-2 with two pins at 132 and Jayden Flugge-Smith 2-2 with a decision and win by injury default at 138 as both placed third. Also third were Brayden Simons, who was 1-2 with a tech fall at 145 while Devan Brown finished 2-2 with two pins at 195.

Charity Mickels was sixth at 120 after she came up empty in her first five varsity matches, with Tjaden Smeltzer 0-3 at 126 pounds.

W-G will join Ogden and Montezuma for a quadrangular at Perry Tuesday before journeying to Ogden for the Bulldog Invitational Saturday.


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