By MIKE COURSON
Great Bend Post
The Great Bend High School wrestlers returned to dual action Thursday in Dodge City. The Lady Panthers came up just shy in a bid to unseat top-ranked Dodge City (5-6A) in a 42-36 loss. The Great Bend boys lost 54-19 to the No. 9 Red Demons (6A).
In the girls' battle, Dodge City picked up 18 points via three open weights, but gave back six points with an open heavyweight bracket of their own. Just two matches went the distance on the evening.
Hannah Crathorne (115 pounds), Kaylea McMullen (120), Katie Kuhlman (130), Paige Sanders (155), and Kirra Stevens (170) all pinned their opponents.
Dodge City’s second-ranked junior Ariana De La Rosa finished just ahead of Lady Panther junior Daizy Gomez in third place at state last year. De La Rosa won a 5-3 decision against third-ranked Gomez Thursday. Great Bend's Natalee Daniels also went the distance against third-ranked Jolette Almaraz in a 7-0 loss at 190 pounds.
Karley Stukey (110), Josie Blevins (140), and Jaydon Davis (145) were pinned in their matches.
Panther boys win four matches
Junior Cooper Liles has moved to No. 3 in the Class 5A rankings at 157 pounds. He pinned his opponent, and Triston Tomlinson also won by fall at 106 pounds for 12 of the 19 Panther points. Keyven Schroeder picked up a 10-2 major decision at 215 pounds, and fifth-ranked Jace Schartz won an 8-3 decision at 150 pounds.
The 175-pound bracket featured a pair of state contenders in Great Bend’s second-ranked Matthew Johnson and Dodge City’s top-ranked Luke Barker. The reigning 6A champion Barker defeated Johnson by tech fall 20-4.
Sixth-ranked Skyler McMullen went the distance in a 9-7 loss at 138 pounds. Trenton Kern also hung tough against No. 2 Roman Loya in a 4-2 loss at 190 pounds. Kaiden Hoffman lost an 11-2 major decision at 132 pounds.
Ambrose Kramer (120), Hayden Kelly (126), Stephen Calderwood (144), Michael Montoya (165), and Brody Schnoebelen (285) all lost their matches by fall.