RO’s Nicole Bond places at KC Stampede
Charm Carpenter The Red Oak Express The Red Oak Tigers traveled to Kansas City for the Kansas City Stampede weekend tournament Friday through Saturday, competing against wrestlers from across the nation. “We come here to challenge ourselves,” Red Oak head wrestling coach Tiegen Podliska said. “We challenge our top guys and girls and challenge the inexperienced ones as well. It’s tougher than the state tournament. We beat and lost to several state qualifiers and place winners.” Nicole Bond became the first Red Oak girl to place at this tournament, finishing the 5-2 with one decision, one technical fall, and two pins for fifth place in the 125 bracket. The girls finished in 34th place out of 44 teams with 32.5 points. Josie McCunn finished 3-2 with three falls, losing in the round of eight in the 140 bracket. Tymberlee Bentley finished 3-3 with three falls, losing in the round of 12 in the 132 bracket. On the boys side, the team finished in 59th place out of 67 teams with 18.5 points. “Most of our young guys battled adversity the first day, but came back fighting on day two, either picking up wins or competing in matches,” Podliska said. Red Oak results: 126- Kyler Sandholm finished 3-2 with three falls, winning his second chance bracket. 138- Joshua LeRette finished 1-3 with one decision, placing third in his second chance bracket. 150- Adam Baier finished 3-3 with three falls, placing third in his second chance bracket. 157- Dawson Bond finished 2-2 with one technical fall and a decision, losing in the bloodround 165- Baz Clear finished 1-3 with one fall, placing second in his second chance bracket. 175- Dayton Gusman finshed 1-3 with one decision, placing third in his second chance bracket. 190- Nolan Perrien finished 0-4 placing fourth in his second chance bracket. 285- Peyton Echternach finished 0-4, placing fourth in the second chance bracket. Red Oak Red Oak wrestling hosted a double dual on Tuesday, Dec. 13, with teams from Logan-Magnolia, Riverside, and St. Albert in attendance. Red Oak finished the night 2-1 with wins over Riverside and St. Albert, and a fall to Logan Magnolia, who went 3-0 on the night. Riverside went 1-2, while St. Albert went 0-3. “We talked before the quad about expectations,” Podliska said. “We knew some guys were going to have tough matches, and we knew that we’d have to be perfect against Lo-Ma to be competitive and win the contested matches in the other duals to be successful. We lost a few matches to some of Lo-Ma’s best wrestlers with some of our best wrestlers.” Nolan Perrien and Sam Fields went 3-0 on the night to lead the Tigers. Kyler Sandholm, Adam Baier, Dawson Bond, and Dayton Gusman were all 2-1.