Drake Rhodes didn’t waste any time adjusting from football season to wrestling season.
The Bayfield High School senior opened the wrestling calendar Saturday with four consecutive wins and the 138-pound title at the annual Dove Creek Invitational.
“He never had a kid score on him, and he pinned his kid in the finals,” Bayfield head coach Todd McMenimen said.
“He performed beyond what I expected,” McMenimen said. “He was, by far, our outstanding performer.”
Rhodes was an all-conference receiver on Bayfield’s football team that made a run to the state semifinals before losing to Platte Valley.
“Drake looked great. He never looked like he got tired out there,” said McMenimen, who added the Wolverines only took seven wrestlers to Dove Creek because of a variety of illness and injuries – plus a late start because of the long football season.
Bayfield’s Colter McMenimen finished third in the 132-pound bracket at Dove Creek. He had a pin and two technical falls.
Michael Goodman of Bayfield went 2-2 and finished third at 195 pounds.
Bayfield’s Jon Roberts went 3-2 and finished fourth at 170 pounds.
“We didn’t figure into the team scoring with only seven wrestlers,” coach McMenimen said.
“In your first match, you don’t know what to expect. But all things considered, I thought we performed pretty well.”
The Wolverines will wrestle at the Bloomfield Invitational next Friday and Saturday.