By BRETT MARSHALL
HOLCOMB — There were no team standings kept. There were no medals handed out for individual accomplishments.
In spite of that, though, there was much to be accomplished Thursday night for the teams that competed in the Holcomb quadrangular.
It was host Holcomb and fellow Hi-Plains League member Sublette along with junior varsity teams from Class 6A Garden City and Dodge City that participated in the round-robin event.
"We saw a lot of good things tonight," Holcomb first-year coach Ryan Kromer said. "But we also saw some of the same mistakes that we've been making early. We'll spend (today) on fundamentals to get ready for the weekend (at Scott City Invitational on Saturday)."
One of the top Longhorn wrestlers is senior Levi Koehn at 160-pounds. Koehn won both of his Thursday matches, one by decision and one by fall. The two wins moved his season mark to 14-4 and comes on the heels of a first-place finish at the tough Southwest Classic in Liberal last weekend.
"I'm feeling good and have been wrestling better this year," Koehn said. "I've placed (at Scott City) the last two years but this time I would like to win."
Koehn said that his biggest area of improvement this season has been his footwork.
"I've been working on the mat with coach Kromer and he's very quick and that has really helped a lot," Koehn said. "I'm a lot more calm out there this year. When I come out on the mat, it just seems to have better flow to the match."
Kromer said that Koehn had been working very hard this season to improve and move on to the next level.
"He's on a roll right now after the Liberal meet," Kromer said. "His work ethic is a good example for all of our other wrestlers. We hope it will rub off on the other guys and we want to keep that momentum going."
Koehn recorded an 8-2 decision over Dodge City's Justin Lampe and then pinned Dalton Unger of Garden City for his two wins.
Sublette coach Bill Kraber was just happy to get his wrestlers into competition for the first time this season.
"This will break us in and get the rust knocked off," Kraber said of the Thursday matches. "We should be ready to go on Saturday (also at Scott City)."
The Larks were short-handed Thursday as heavyweight Chris Villanueva and 130-pounder Logan Koehn were missing due to being out of state to attend a relative's Army boot camp graduation ceremony in Georgia. They will also miss Saturday's meet at Scott City.
"It's a tough tournament but not so gigantic that it will take our breath away," Kraber said.
Holcomb freshman Keegan Amos got a pair of victories at 103-pounds — a fall over Dodge City's Dayton Rhoten and an 18-10 decision over Austin Davis of Sublette. Austin Burns snared a pair of victories as well for the Longhorns — both by falls — against David Montoya of Dodge City and Jonathan Guerrero of Garden City — in the 112-pound division. At 130 pounds, Jose Munoz recorded a technical fall (18-1) over Donovan Rubero of Dodge City and a 9-5 decision over AJ Hurtado of Garden City.
In the 152-pound division, Holcomb's Nic Stegman won twice and lost once — pinning Carl Smith of Dodge City and Alex McDowell of Garden City but then was pinned by Sublette's Royce Williams.
"We're looking for Royce to have a good season," Kraber said of his junior wrestler. "He's dropped down from 160 to 152 and that should help him out."
See results in Scoreboard, Page B2.