South takes the mats at Maize High

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Ben Heide, 12, takes his opponent on the mat. South took eighth this past weekend. Photo by BJR

BY KILEY ANGLE

South wrestled Jan. 7 at Maize High and placed eighth. Jason West, 11, was the only South wrestler to go to the finals during the tournament.

“After winning my weight for the Maize Inventarional, I am using my time in the practice room to improve on what I did wrong from those matches,” West said.

South took the mat against Andale, Dodge City, Eisenhower, Emporia, Lawrence, Liberal, Pratt, Wichita-Heights and Maize.

“My toughest match was when I wrestled against Dodge City,” Ryan Bertha, 12, said. “For this tournament I am going to change my mentality.”

South faced some of the top ranked wrestlers in 5A and 6A. Each would have to play to their own strengths to set themselves above their competitor.

“If I had lost the match then I try to improve on what my mistakes were,” Ian DeMoss, 9, said. “If I took a bad shot then I will improve that shot.”

As the wrestlers span grades 9-12, some are more experienced than others when stepping onto the varsity mat.

“Being a freshman on varsity you have to create a name for yourself,” Lynauz Cox, 9, said. “You have to work hard and try and keep up with the upperclassman also.”

Next up, South will participate in the Newton Invitational, a two-day tournament with 28 competitors coming from all over the state.

“It’s gonna be a lot harder because we have more regional opponents,” Korban Trapp, 11, said. “There will be a lot more teams in the tournament”

Ben Heide, 12, takes his opponent on the mat. South took eighth this past weekend. Photo by BJR
Ben Heide, 12, takes his opponent on the mat. South took eighth this past weekend. Photo by B. Jones-Rupp