Phillipsburg women and JV wrestling teams attend J.R. Durham Invitational

Published 01/10/2023

Junior Bella Keesee works to pin her opponent at the J.R. Durham Invitational on Jan. 7. Keesee finished in first place. Photos by Kyla Kenney

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Phillipsburg women’s wrestling team travelled to Norton to attend the J.R. Durham Invitational. The Panthers were represented in four weight classes and finished ninth.

Sophomore Ellianna Velardes finished the day 3-1 and placed third in the 110-weight class. Velardes lost her first match of the day to Sowers of Oberlin, but bounced back to win the next three.

At 130 pounds, junior Isabella Keesee finished first and went 3-0 on the day.

At the 140-pound division, freshman Samantha Hall recorded a 1-2 record on the day and moved her overall record to 2-9 on the year.

Freshman Johnna Ebner also went 1-2 on the day and moved her record to 2-8 on the year.

In boys’ JV action, the Panthers took a loaded roster to compete.

At the 113-weight class, sophomore Robert Aberle finished first with two wins by a fall over his opponents.

Sophomore Aiden Howell finished second in the 120-pound weight class. Howell defeated his first opponent but fell to Davis of Colby in his second match.

At 132-pounds, senior Geron Ebner finished first with two wins: one by a fall and one by a decision.

Also, at 132-pounds, junior Dayton Hugunin finished fourth in his bracket. Hugunin went 0-3 on the day.

At the 144-pound weight class, freshman Braxtyn Shields finished third with wins over Mendez of Goodland and Varela of Scott City. Shields fell to Glassman of Oakley and Robers of Scott City.

At 150, sophomore Aidrian Hassel placed fourth and went 1-3 on the day.

At the 157-pound weight class, Phillipsburg submitted three wrestlers: junior Layton Johnson went 1-1 on the day, while senior Asher Leroux finished third and went 1-2 on the day. Freshman Rallen Minkler finished second and went 2-1 on the day.

At the 175-pound weight class, Phillipsburg again had multiple wrestlers. Senior Jeremiah Jacobs finished fifth and went 0-3 on the day, while freshman Blayze Christy went 1-3 on the day to finished fifth.

At 190-pounds, freshman Chaz Roth placed fourth and went 0-3 on the day.