Dodge City excited for home opener

Published: Dec. 14, 2016 at 9:40 PM CST
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After an opening dual loss to Maize, an eighth place finish at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational and a fourth place finish in Colby, the Dodge City wrestling team will finally make their 2016 home debut, hosting Great Bend.

“I try not to get too excited because that turns into just anxiousness and it rubs off for the kids,” Dodge City head wrestling coach Lars Lueders.

It's early but the Red Demons are showing consistency and building more chemistry in the room, with a family atmosphere.

“A big part of this year was having a correct mindset, always learning and always improving,” Coach Lueders said. “The way they treat each other is amazing. You usually don’t see that in high school. Guys are always encouraging each other.”

Dodge hopes the encouragement goes a long way in helping the team beat the WAC rival Panthers Thursday, who won last year’s dual.

“Sometimes we’d place higher in our state tournament than they would, but it seemed like we’d always get our butts kicked in the dual,” Coach Lueders said. “For Great Bend I think it’s going to be a full house and it’s going to get pretty crazy.”

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