The Rocket varsity wrestling team traveled to Chanute on December 18th for a quad against teams from Rogersville, MO, Vinita, OK, Bonner Springs, and Chanute. The Rockets first faced the Wildcats from Logan-Rogersville, MO. The Rockets took an early lead in the dual as Braden Tatum and Cash Henning both received forfeits and Boeden Whitted won by a decision as the Rockets jumped to a quick 15-0 lead over the Wildcats. However, Logan-Rogersville quickly came back with victories in the next three matches to tie the score 15-15. The Rockets then quickly extinguished any hope the Wildcats had as Keegan Beavers won by a decision, Peyton Besco, Pierce Probasco, and Cade Evans all won their matches by a fall. Tommy Rogers then received a forfeit as the Rockets took a 42-15 lead with just three weights remaining. Tristan Calef also received a forfeit as the Rockets earned a 48-27 dual victory over Logan-Rogersville. The second dual of the day for the Rockets was against the Vinita, OK Hornets. The Rockets again jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead as Tatum won by a major decision and Whitted recorded a fall. However, the Hornets then jumped ahead 21-10 as they won the next three matches by fall. The Rockets sport a strong rotation of wrestlers in the middle weights and they came through once again as Beavers won by a major decision followed up by falls for Besco, Probasco, and Evans while Rogers received another forfeit to put the Rockets back out in front by a 38-21 score. The Hornets still had a chance and they narrowed the Rocket’s lead to 38-33 by recording a fall and forfeit of their own. It all came down to the last match of the dual and Tristan Calef came through for the team by earning a 7-2 victory and securing the 41-33 victory for the Rockets. The third dual of the day saw the Rockets, currently the 7th ranked team in Class 4A taking on the Bonner Springs Braves, currently ranked 9th in Class 5A. The Rockets again jumped out to an early 18-6 lead as Tatum received a forfeit and Whitted and Jarret Jones both recorded falls. The Braves then mounted a comeback by recording falls in the next two matches to tie the score 18-18. The comeback would be short-lived as the Rocket’s middle weights again dominated the dual as Beavers won by a decision, Besco recorded a fall, Probasco won by a decision, Evans received a forfeit, Rogers won by fall, and Brandon Kelly received a forfeit as the Rockets took an insurmountable 48-18 lead over the Braves. Bonner Springs finished the dual with a forfeit and a fall of their own but the Rockets were now 3-0 on the day after the 48-30 victory. The last dual of the day had the Rockets facing the current number two ranked team in Class 4A and the Defending Class 4A State Champions in the Chanute Blue Comets. Tatum again gave the Rockets an early 6-0 lead with a fall but the Blue Comets won the next six matches to jump out to a 30-9 lead over the Rockets. The Rockets attempted to mount a comeback as Besco and Probasco both won by a fall and Evans won by a major decision to close the gap to a 30-25 lead for Chanute. However, the Blue Comets won the last 4 weights of the dual to take the 48-25 victory over the Rockets. The next action for the Rocket wrestlers will be January 8th when they travel to Winfield for duals against both the Vikings and the Circle Thunderbirds.
This Week In Rocket Varsity Sports
@ Winfield with Circle
The Rocket Boys Basketball team traveled to Wellington on December 18th, the last day of the 1st semester before winter break. It was only the boys’ teams playing as the Wellington girls teams were quarantined and the games were postponed. The Rocket boys started off the game on a hot streak outscoring the Crusaders 27-14 in the first quarter. Rocket Junior Adriel Smith was the catalyst of the big first quarter as he scored 14 of the 27 points for the Rockets. As the second quarter got underway, the Crusaders began to slowly scrape and claw their way back into the game. They outscored the Rockets 16-13 in the second quarter to bring the score within 10 points as the teams headed to the halftime break. The third quarter was also very close as both teams put up a valiant fight but again the Crusaders outscored the Rockets 14-11 to continue cutting into the Rocket’s lead, now only 7 points as the third quarter came to an end. The Rockets and Crusaders both kicked up their scoring in the 4th quarter. However, the Crusaders again outscored the Rockets in the quarter, this time 22-19. However, it was not quite enough for the Crusaders to overtake the big 1st quarter lead that the Rockets had established. The Rockets earned the hard-fought victory by a score of 70-66 to go into the winter break on a winning note. The Rockets were led in scoring by Adriel Smith with 30 points, Xander Landrie with 13 points, and Kellan Simoneau with 10 points. The Rockets will next prepare to travel to Clearwater on January 8th in their first game after the winter break.