The Garden City High School Wrestling team’s lineup is set for its season opener at Pine Creek, Colo., after Tuesday’s eighth annual Brown and White Scrimmage at The Garden.
Teammates faced off at each weight class, with the winner taking the varsity spot at each weight class for the two-day Colorado tournament on Friday and Saturday, the season-opener for the Buffaloes.
“Once we get started, it’s a downhill ride from there,” head coach Carlos Prieto said of opening the season, following Tuesday’s scrimmage. "I’m excited to see what we got. We’re tired of beating on each other in the practice room.”
The lineup for the Buffs’ first tournament of the season will be Steven Sellers at 106 pounds, Diago Hernandez (113), Jacob Holt (120), Josh Janas (126), Andrew Garcia (138), Trey Medina (145), Curtis Near (152), Jacob Sims (160), Alex Rodriguez (170), Cole Thompson (182), Ethan Crone (195), Julian Facio (220) and James Cisneros (285).
Kaj Perez was in the line up to vie for the 132-pound slot Tuesday night, but a family emergency popped up before the dual, so Prieto said he Perez would have his ranking match for the varsity spot on Wednesday after practice.
“I’m never going to penalize a kid for doing that right thing. He needed to be with his family,” Prieto said, adding that Perez will likely wrestle Elias Mejia for the varsity spot.
“We have a three- or four-deep team that would probably start for any other team in the state of Kansas, unfortunately and fortunately, they wrestle for us and we’ll take it,” Prieto said. “The kids that lost, they’ll rebound and challenge again next week, and try and get a varsity spot.”
Prieto said between now and Friday, when the the team takes off for Colorado, the Buffs will just be working on the little things.
“We’re still a long way from where we need to be. There are a lot of little things we need to work on. We haven’t really done a lot on offense, so that’s probably what we’ll focus on in the next few days is offense,” Prieto said. “We need to get after some different bodies, and we’re going to get a good look in Colorado as Pine Creek is always tough. The kids are excited, we’re ready to roll.”