Buchmeier Finishes Youth Wrestling Regionals With Winning Streak

Herrin—When it comes to youth wrestling, some kids win with better technique.  Most win with hustle.  Some just flat out intimidate their opponents.

Kane Buchmeier of the A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling Club is arguably one of the latter.  He finished in the regionals—the furthest the six-and-under division can go—with a first place win.  That made the fourth tournament in row where this first-year wrestler finished at the top of his bracket.

“You wouldn’t expect it by looking at him.  He always looks so relaxed,” explained club president Rollie Hawk.  “But as soon as the ref blows the whistle, he just goes after the other kid and doesn’t quit until he’s pinned him.  It’s like his opponents have no idea what they are in for.”

Buchmeier’s first place streak started at the Murphysboro Open.  Then there were the Mt. Vernon Open and the Pinckneyville Panther Pummel.  He then finished on top at the Herrin Regional with an overall season record of 15-6.

“Aggressiveness is still a struggling point for our team,” said Hawk.  “Having a kid like Kane there to help set the tone as he grows older is going to be an asset.”

Another highlight of the Herrin Regional was a first place finish by eight-year-old Kaden Lincoln.  “He’s truly one of the anchors of our team,” said head coach Grover Mays.  “He’s been with us from the start and he puts in the time.”

There’s no arguing that Lincoln puts in the time; this is his second year with perfect attendance to practices.

The Junior Wildcats had seven grapplers finish in first place at the Herrin Regional: Zoee Sadler, Kane Buchmeier, Caleb Mays, Kaden Lincoln, Blake Mays, Bryce Bowers and Nicholas Jiminez.  The last three would advance to the sectionals along with Madilyn Hawk, Keegan Keller, Adam Mays, Jacy Mays, Catie Mays, Nate Kisat, Logan Jeralds, Caiden Stone, Jeff Fombell and Eric Reed.

Complete results from the Herrin Regionals are below.

Wrestler

IKFW Age

Weight

Regional

Sadler, Zoee

6

42.4

2-0, 1st

Sadler, Drew

6

44.2

0-1, 2nd

Hall, Evan

6

43.8

0-1, 3rd

Buchmeier, Kane

6

54.8

2-0, 1st

Abernathy, Logan

6

63.8

0-2, 4th

Smith, Milam

6

57.0

1-1, 2nd

Smith, Brett

7

53.8

1-1, 2nd

Mays, Caleb

7

53.6

2-0, 1st

Lincoln, Kaden

7

65.2

2-0, 1st

Mays, Blake

8

62.6

2-0, 1st

Hawk, Madilyn

8

97.4

0-2, 4th

Keller, Keegan

9

104.6

1-1, 3rd

Smith, Dylan

10

62.2

2-1

Mays, Jacy

10

80.0

0-2, 4th

Mays, Adam

10

90.0

1-1, 3rd

Bowers, Bryce

10

134.0

1-0, 1st

Kisat, Nathan

11

74.4

1-1

Hall, Colin

11

177.0

3-1, 3rd

Ramage, Clayton

12

79.6

2-1

Mays, Catie

12

88.0

1-1, 2nd

Fombelle, Jeff

13

206.1

0-1, 3rd

Stone, Caiden

13

110.0

2-1, 4th

Jerolds, Logan

14

112.2

3-1, 3rd

Reed, Eric

14

186.0

0-1, 2nd

Jimenez, Nick

14

263.1

0-0, 1st