Shelton voted Most Outstanding Wrestler
Courtesy John Gramke, Fireside Guard wrestling correspondent
The Centralia Panther Wrestlers, currently ranked 2nd in Class 1, dominated the competition at the Battle at the Katy Trail Tournament in Sedalia, December 20-21 winning the team title over the field of 42 teams.
CHS won the championship scoring 586.5 points – well ahead of 2nd place Lathrop (445), 3rd Mid-Buchanan (402) and 4th place Palmyra (354) in what may have been a statement performance.
According to Head Coach Luke Gramke the win “says we are competitive squad with a high ceiling…We didn’t specifically prepare for this tournament. We knew if we wrestled well we would be in the team race, but wanted the kids to focus on wrestling well not specifically the end result of winning. Once they realized how the team was doing, winning became contagious and the expectation. It was a lot of fun seeing them be excited for each other’s successes.”
Centralia gained early momentum winning all 12 opening matches by fall – scoring bonus team points – and from there never looked back en route to earning nine medalists including four individual champions Brayden Dubes (106), Brayden Shelton (132), Grafton Littrell (182) and Trevor Bodine (195).
Dubes, (18-1) earned his spot in the finals with a quarterfinal win by pin against Hunter McAtee of Trenton in 1:16 followed by a 9-4 decision over Kaden Crane of Palmyra. In the finals, Dubes pinned Lexington’s Josh Payne in 1:02.
Shelton, (18-2) won the … For the complete article see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard