History was made at Cherokee Washington High Saturday as the fast-improving Cherokee Braves wrestling team won the annual Paul Fuhrman Wrestling Invitational for the first time ever.
The Braves, under first-year coach Austin Todd, scored 173 points to win the tournament formerly called the Cherokee Wrestling Invitational. A few years ago, then coach Jason Wood led a movement to rename the annual tourney to honor Cherokee's retired teacher/coach/administrator Paul Fuhrman, who today continues working all wrestling meets hosted in Cherokee.
The Braves crowned two champions, including Zac Anderson at 152 pounds, and Miah Back at 285.
In addition, Cherokee racked up three runner-up finishes and two thirds, two fourths, and two fifths.
Anderson pinned Tyler Top of MOC-FV in 1:57, beat John McNaughton of K-P 7-1, and pinned Brett Flynn of HMS in 5:06 to win his championship.
Andy Pitts was second at 120 pounds for Cherokee, receiving a first-round bye, pinning Cody Hopkins of MVAO in 5:12, and losing by technical fall 18-3 to Dakotah Goodvin of HMS in the finals.
Blake Booth was second at 170, pinning Drew Hoekstra of HWC in 3:37, beating Ady Berry of MVAO 10-4, and losing by fall to Jake Meehan of MMC in 2:35 in the finals.
Also for the Braves, Gabe Conley was third at 182, with a first-round bye, losing by fall to Justin Theisen of MMC in 3:49, pinning Alexander Davis of HWC in 1:33, and pinning Stefan Kinsinger of MOC-FV in 3:50.
Jose Morales was third for the Braves at 220, pinning Derek Via of MVAO in 1:14, losing by fall to Lawton De Jong of MOC-FV in 1:24, pinning Alex Rath of K-P in 1:37, and beating Tyler Schuck of MMC 6-3.
MMC had two champions in the tourney, one runner-up, three thirds, two fourths, and two sixths.
The MMC champs were Ben McDaniel at 106, and Jake Meehan at 170. Eagle seconds went to Justin Theisen at 182, and thirds went to Levi Letsche at 285, Tyler Pearson at 145, and Connor Holmes at 160. MMC fourths went to Dylan Rolfes at 152, and Tyler Schuck at 220. Mark Peters was sixth at 126, and Cole Sand sixth at 138.