Dodge City High School falls in western conference, 32-30
By John Zetmeir
Dodge City Daily Globe
In their first Western Athletic Conference competition of the season, the Dodge City High School wrestling team fell to Great Bend 32-30 on Thursday night.
The Panthers overcame a 30-17 deficit by winning the final four matches of the night to hand the Red Demons their first loss of the year to start WAC competition.
“I think this is a big time wake up call for us coaches and our athletes as well,” head coach Lars Lueders said. “We got what we deserved. (Great Bend) wrestled spectacular.”
Dodge City trailed Great Bend 17-6 before wins from Zerek Rodriguez, Evan Darville and Joel Ostrom gave the Red Demons the lead. Senior Howard Johnson won the first match of the night with a pin. Johnson and Ostrom were the two Red Demons to win by pin.
Dodge City will travel to Hoisington on Friday for the Cardinal Corner Classic. Friday’s tournament will be the Red Demons’ final competition before winter break. Dodge City’s next WAC dual will be their first meet in January when they host Garden City.
“We’re bummed but I think if the kids respond in the correct way this can make us better in the end,” Lueders said.
The Cardinal Corner Classic is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. on Friday.