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Sailor wrestler places first at Olathe Tournament

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— Steamboat's Wes Adams once again took top honors for the Sailors wrestling team as he placed first at the Olathe Tournament on Saturday.

The tournament, which changed this year from the traditional double-elimination tournament to a dual match format, had the Sailors go up against four teams in the eight-team tournament.

The tournament had planned to have the top wrestlers in the two four-team pools wrestle each other for first and second place, but time constraints forced the winners to be decided by tournament records.

Winning all four of his matches, Adams grabbed first place at 171-pounds and Will Zimmerer placed second in the heavyweight division as he dropped one match to Fred Spor of Norwood.

While three of Adams' matches ended in pins, he was given his closest competition in the third round of dual matches where he beat Olathe's Zach Johnson 10-7. Despite a few costly points early in the Johnson match, Sailors coach Jay Muhme said, Adams was able to hold on in the final period and kept Johnson from earning any reversal points.

Adams pinned Charlie Padilla of Lake County, Dustin Kruegar of Palisade and Jason Baker of Norwood.

Although Zimmerer lost 12-4 to Spor in the Sailors' last dual match of the day, he was able to beat Palisade's Mike Messenger, a wrestler that had beaten Zimmerer consistently last year.

Muhme said that Zimmerer wrestled one of his most intelligent matches to pin Messenger, who is a large 275-pounder.

"(Messenger) had been beating (Zimmerer) consistently. This year, he wanted to change the tables by winning. It was a good, smart wrestling match," Muhme said.

After dropping his first three matches, 119-pounder Dave Gittleson found a win against Norwood when he pinned Dylan Youngblood. At 112 pounds, Justin O'Leary went 1-2 for the day as he beat Palisade's Dru Stogsdill 16-0 but lost to Lake County's Allen Vigil and Olathe's Brennan Cole.

The 130-pound Gary Rule gathered one win for the tournament by pinning Lake County's Camille DuPont.

Muhme said that a lack of self- confidence is still a major factor for his six-man team.

"We're still struggling with self-confidence, we're wrestling better, but not good enough to take on the winners," Muhme said. "We're improving a lit bit each week. It's a long battle. That self- confidence can't come back overnight."

The Sailors will travel to the West Grand Tournament Saturday where they will face smaller schools but some strong competition in wrestling powerhouses along the eastern slope.

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