SPRING HILL — Senior night for the Spring Hill Broncos was not just a final home send-off, but an emotional night of inspirational determination.
Nolan Ewing walked across the mat at Spring Hill High School using crutches as the fans cheered.
Ewing tore a ligament the first meet of the season and spent the past four weeks recovering from surgery.
The Spring Hill family also welcomed a young man back to the mat who is lucky to be alive, let alone representing the Bronco wrestling team.
Josh Dickie fell off a roof over the summer. He lost 30 pounds since May, Spring Hill wrestling coach Tucker Woofter said.
At the start of the wrestling season Dickie was still in a wheelchair.
Dickie pinned Corey Holub of Paola in a 145-pound match during the Spring Hill Broncos senior night dual Friday, Feb. 1. The Broncos celebrated senior night with a 45-28 dual victory against the Panthers.
“Not only was Dickie able to come back and wrestle, he also found a victory on the night,” Woofter said. “It was great seeing him able to compete and finally get that smile back on his face.”
Kaden Carbajo, a senior, has been in a battle since being born prematurely.
Carbajo spent most of his high school career wrestling for junior varsity, but has made to the varsity level for several events this season. No matter what he is facing, Carbajo always has a smile on his face and always puts everything he has into it.
Senior wrestlers recognized were Gentry Brown, Anthony Ingram, Tobias Dreger, Chase Rooney, Dean Diviney, Ethan Getz, Ewing and Carbajo.
“It’s always fun when two rival teams gets to compete in a Friday night dual,” Woofter said. “Paola and Spring Hill match up very well for an entertaining dual. All of the kids wrestled hard and were aggressively looking to score points for their teams and we were fortunate enough to win a close one. Again it was a lot of fun to compete in that kind of environment.
“It is always tough to see a senior out for the year, especially a kid like Nolan Ewing, who is coming off of a year like he had last season and has improved so much,” Woofter said.
The female wrestlers celebrated senior night against Fort Scott on Thursday, Jan. 31.
“It was a great environment with a ton of energy,” Woofter said.
“We wrestled after the boys wrestled Blue Valley Southwest,” he said. “The gym was packed and the fans were into the action. The dual ended in a tie 36-36 and we won on what was the eighth criteria point.
Senior female wrestlers are Kate Landis, Riley Lee’s, Ciara Roth and Mallory Meade.
To open the senior night dual against the Panthers, Bronco Austin Rivers posted an 8-7 decision against Gunnar Jeffris at 113 pounds.
Paola’s Allison Walania won a 14-3 major decision against Kate Landis of Spring Hill.
Preston Martin of Paola pinned Zach Knowlton at 126 pounds.
Panther Noah Bowden pinned Tommy O’Leary at 132 pounds.
Jackob Stovall of Spring Hill pinned Tommy Downum at 138 pounds.
Chase Rooney of Spring Hill pinned Brendan Ohlmeir at 152 pounds.
Spring Hill’s Zade Barker scored a 5-3 decision against Aaron Maxwell in a 160-pound match.
Ben Timpe of Paola pinned Andrew Campbell at 170 pounds.
Panther Mikey Stribling pinned Dean Diviney at 182 pounds.
Ethan Getz of Spring Hill won a 9-2 decision against Jeffery Schartz at 195 pounds.
Bronco Logan Greenhaghl pinned Christian Dunmeyer at 220 pounds.
Denver Gardner of Spring Hill was open at 285 pounds.
The Paola Panthers defeated the Eudora Cardinals on the road Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Martin pinned Will Schriener in a 132-pound match.
Maxwell pinned Braden Clark at 160 pounds.
Timpe pinned Alex Allison at 170 pounds.
Stribling pinned Noah Barton in a 182-pound match.
Schartz pinned Tristian Brechiesen at 220 pounds.
Dunmeyer ended the dual with a pin against Gage Shepard at 285 pounds.