The 50th Annual Beloit Wrestling Invite will be held at Beloit Junior-Senior High School this weekend.  21 teams will come to Beloit to compete in the event.  Of those 21 teams, eight are ranked in this week’s KWCA state wrestling rankings.

Teams competing are: Abilene, Beloit (#2-3-2-1A), Blue Valley Southwest (#2-5A), Chanute (#1-4A), Clay Center (#10-4A), Colby, Concordia, Hill City (#8-3-2-1A), Holcomb, Hoxie (#1-3-2-1A), Lincoln, Marysville (#3-4A), Minneapolis, Oberlin-Decatur Community, Plainville, Republic County (#5-3-2-1A), Riley County, Salina South, Silver Lake, Smith Center & Stockton.

In addition, 58 wrestlers are ranked in either 5A, 4A or 3-2-1A that are on rosters of teams competing at the Beloit Invitational.

During the tournament on Saturday, Beloit will be honoring past champions of the invite.  Competition begins with 1st round matches on 4 mats at 2:00 on Friday afternoon.  Quarterfinals are at approximately 4:00 with 1st round consolation at 6:00.  They pick back up on Saturday with Wrestlebacks 2nd round at 10:30 a.m., semifinals and consolation quarters are at noon, consolation semis at 2:00 p.m. and championships and consolation finals at approximately 4:00 on Saturday afternoon.  The meet will run ahead of schedule if possible.

The Beloit Trojans have 11 wrestlers competing this weekend, headlined by two top-ranked wrestlers in 3-2-1A.  Creighton Johnson is #1 at 285# and comes into the tournament at 16-0.  Also, Brennan Walker is 15-1 at 182# and ranked #1 in the state.  Other ranked wrestlers for the Trojans include Hunter Prochaska (152#, #3, 13-2), Braden Burks (195#, #3, 13-2) and Tate Kadel (145#, #4, 12-3).  Beloit head coach Andy Niemczyk discussed the tough competition this weekend.

Smith Center has a couple ranked wrestlers competing as well.  Colton Shoemaker is ranked #3 in the state at 120# and enters the tournament at 18-8.  Also, Brell Spiees is 20-5 and #5 at 182#.  The Redmen have a total of 12 wrestlers competing.  Their head coach Brock Hutchinson always enjoys coming to the Beloit Invite.

Also from the area, Lincoln has two wrestlers on the docket.  Tra Barrientes is ranked #3 in the state at 285# in 3-2-1A.  He enters the tournament at 20-1.  Kenton Myers will also compete in the 220# class for the Leopards.

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Again, competition begins at 2:00 this afternoon with the first round.  Tune in to KD Country 94 throughout both days for reports from the 50th Annual Beloit Wrestling Invite.  More info and other results can also be found at this link: 50th Annual Beloit Invite

Dusty grew up on a farm south of WaKeeney, KS and in 7th grade decided he wanted to do sports play-by-play on the radio. After graduating from Trego Community High School in 2001, he obtained a Radio Broadcasting degree from Colby Community College in 2003. He began working as Sports Director at KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 in July of 2003 and has been in the position ever since. Deines was the 2016-17 KSHSAA Oscar Stauffer Sportscaster of the Year and has won numerous awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. When he's not traveling the state covering the area sports teams, he enjoys spending time with his family, attending college and professional sporting events and helping advocate for those with muscle disease, including Dermatomyositis, of which Dusty is a survivor.