In a pair of home duals on Tuesday, the Labette Cardinals wrestling program dominated Cloud County 45-6 before being shutout by Pratt 47-0.

Against Cloud County, Riley Weir (125 pounds) and Kardan Lee (133) opened the dual with forfeit wins for Labette.

Cade Wathke pinned Hector Flores in the 141-pound match.

"I was glad to see Cade get out there and get a win," Labette head coach Jeff Vesta said. "He was coming off a pretty rough set of matches at NEO and hasn't wrestled since then."

Alex Young followed up with a 4-2 decision win for Labette over Joel Ostrom at 149 pounds. Then Traylon Jackson got an 11-4 decision over Tristin Hauck at 157 pounds.

Jonathan Vincent (165) and Donnie Hurd III (174) got forfeit wins for Labette. Cloud County notched its only victory in the dual as Micah Sterling pinned Jeremiah Voliva at 184 pounds.

Labette got its final bout win at 197 pounds with Andrew Leitold earning a 12-5 decision over Brian Paxton. Wyatt Wells then won by forfeit for Labette at heavyweight.

"They did what they were supposed to do," Vesta said. "Cloud had some of their starting guys there, just not all of them. The dual score was pretty crazy. But as far as the matchups we got, we won all of them except for one. So I was proud of the guys."

Labette then got swept by Pratt in its final dual of the day.

Michael Spangler of Pratt opened the matchup with a technical fall over Weir at 125 pounds. Jason Henschel followed that up with a pin over Lee at 133 pounds.

Jacob Mitchell narrowly beat Wathke at 141 pounds with a 4-3 decision.

Jake Beeson then pinned Young in the 149-pound match. At 157 pounds, Dayton Porsch got a 9-0 major decision over Jackson.

Juan Urbina pinned Vincent in the 165-pound bout before Cayden Atkins pinned Hurd III at 174 pounds.

Deston Miller got a major decision over Voliva at 184 pounds, as did Bryce Westmoreland at 197 pounds over Leitold. The dual ended with Devon Dawson beating Lieberman at heavyweight.

"We know where we're at and know we have work to do," Vesta said. "We've been out for a lot of reasons between shutdowns and the weather. So that comes back to get you."

With Labette wrestling getting back into the swing of competition, Vesta sees the Cardinals trending in the right direction.

"Nationals arent until the middle of April," Vesta said. "So we're gearing up for March to have our guys wrestling our best. We're not in a bad spot at all. We're just channeling everything." 

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