By The Telegram
The Garden City High School wrestling team swept through its first three duals of the Colby Eagle Invitational on Friday.
The Buffs, ranked No. 4 in Class 6A by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association, rode over their first opponent Goodland — the second ranked team in Class 3-2-1A. Garden City downed Goodland, 61-9, with its lone loss being the 215-pound weight class and an open in the 103-pound division.
"We just started snow balling Goodland," GCHS coach Monte Moser said about the Buffs getting pins on four of their first five matches and ended with seven for the match. "Goodland is a tough team and has some good boys. I'm real pleased with our performance and how we stayed under control and went to work on them."
GCHS had to rally against Pine Creek, Colo. in its second dual to finish with a 45-33 victory — after trailing 21-0 following the first four matches. Garden City got a string of pins by senior Lane Greenlee (130-pounds), sophomore Braxston Medina (135) and freshman Derrik Ortiz (140) to begin a stretch of eight match victories to take an insurmountable 45-21 lead into the final two matches.
"Pine Creek was tough. It was different style of wrestling that we hadn't seen," Moser said. "But we handled it. They had a lot of state placers and we still did real well against them."
Garden City followed up the close victory with a big 58-18 win over Hoxie to conclude its day. The Buffaloes won 10 consecutive matches between the 112-pound weight class and 189 to establish a 58-6 lead before the final two matches.
Also participating in the Colby invitational is Scott City. The Beavers won three of four matches on the first day of pool play with their only loss coming to the host Colby team, 41-24.
The Beavers rolled through several larger class teams, including 5A teams Hays (42-36) and Hutchinson (48-20). Scott City concluded the day with a 73-6 rout of Oberlin.
Garden City will face Concordia and Wray, Colo. in the conclusion of pool play action today.
"We saw them and both of them got handled by teams we beat today, but that doesn't mean anything," Moser said. "We'll have to be up. We should be able to handle them, but don't want to jinx it."
See complete results on Scoreboard, Page D2.