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Dodgers rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu ready for big stage

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Brian Wilson didn’t include anything about it being easier said than done. The Dodgers reliever just put it in the simplest of terms.“It’s just enhanced adrenaline,” Wilson said. “It kind of feels like your first-ever appearance.”The postseason certainly is different than the previous 162 games, Wilson acknowledged, but the idea is not to treat it that way.“People say,” Wilson said, “they can’t do that.” “This isn’t going to be the biggest game he’s ever pitched,” Ellis said. “He’s dominated an Olympics. He’s dominated a WBC. He’s representing the Dodgers but he’s been representing an entire country.”Ryu threw a bullpen session Friday — with Mattingly, team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and owner Stan Kasten in attendance, an abnormal amount of brass for such circumstances — but all parties agreed there is no cause for concern.Ryu will have his hands full with a fellow rookie pitching opposite him. The Braves’ Julio Tehran (14-8, 3.20 ERA) is a talented 22-year-old who has come into his own this season. Tehran bookended his season with struggles in April and September, but had a sub-3.00 ERA from May until August. He did win seven of his last 10 decisions, but today easily represents the biggest start of his short career.“I never thought that I’m going to be in this situation in my first year,” Tehran said. “But I’m just trying to calm myself down and try to be focused on the game and try to do the same thing I’ve been doing.”Tehran likely will face the lineup the Dodgers employed the first two games, one that collected 11 hits in Game 1 and 10 hits in Game 2.Hanley Ramirez, who hit .345 during an injury-shortened regular season, is not 100 percent but clearly is the Dodgers’ most dangerous hitter. The shortstop was 3 for 4 in Game 2 and is hitting .444 in the series with four RBIs. His two-run home run in the eighth-inning of Game 2 wasn’t enough to bring the Dodgers back, but it did leave an impression.“One-handed it, both feet up in the air. That’s how talented this guy is,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Created enough bat speed to hit the ball out of the park. It’s scary how good this guy is.”The Dodgers have the elements to not only win today but claim their first World Series since 1988, according to Michael Young. The Dodgers’ veteran utility man has some credibility in that department, having led the Texas Rangers on consecutive trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011.The pitching, hitting and defense are in place, according to the veteran. Only one more thing is required.“It’s something synonymous with heart, but it’s not a word you can print in the paper,” Young said. “Let’s just say you’ve got to have the guts to go out and get it. You can’t let anything come to you if you’re going to win these types of games.”center_img Count Hyun-Jin Ryu among those.The Dodgers’ rookie pitcher will be the first South Korean to start a Major League playoff game when he takes the mound today in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. With the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves tied at one game apiece, there will be no shortage of Adrenaline in the first postseason game at Dodger Stadium in four years.“I will be a little extra nervous (today) because it’s the postseason,” Ryu said. “But as I do every game, I take the mound trying to win.”The largest capacity stadium in baseball will provide a raucous atmosphere, but big games haven’t slowed Ryu (14-8, 3.00 ERA) to this point. Aside from his role in South Korea winning Olympic gold in 2008 and then silver in this year’s World Baseball Classic, the 26-year-old has answered the call more often than not in his more significant games in a Dodgers uniform.The sentiment that Ryu is unflappable was echoed throughout the Dodgers’ locker room and catcher A.J. Ellis added one more reason not to be concerned.last_img read more

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Four Wellington wrestlers go to state

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four Wellington wrestlers will be going to state after an exciting emotional-packed two days at the Pratt Regional this weekend.Andrew Pelkey at 152, Joey Haydon at 182, Skylar Brand at 220, and Miguel Lujan at heavyweight will be representing Wellington at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament in Salina on Friday, Feb. 27.Joey Haydon 152 – Andrew Pelkey (8-1) placed 1st and scored 22 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 8-1 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 8-1 won by fall over TJ Henderson (Clearwater) 18-16 (Fall 3:36)Semifinal – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 8-1 won by decision over Brent Cusick (Mulvane) 22-9 (Dec 7-3)1st Place Match – Andrew Pelkey (Wellington) 8-1 won by decision over Bryce Rodriguez (Ulysses) 25-8 (Dec 7-5)McComb’s analysis: Pelkey has suffered some devastating regional defeats in years’ past. As a sophomore he lost two matches in the championship and consolation semifinals on last second reversals and didn’t go to state.So he was focused going in to this tournament. He has to remain flexible with that bum knee and for the most part he was. I thought he was in trouble in the first period of the championship match going in and nearly got pinned. But he got out of it and was smart the rest of the way. Pelkey wants a state championship and second place will not be successful. That is his mentality. 220 – Skylar Brand (25-6) placed first and scored 24 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Skylar Brand (Wellington) 25-6 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Skylar Brand (Wellington) 25-6 won by fall over Landan Hickey (Hugoton) 13-19 (Fall 2:34)Semifinal – Skylar Brand (Wellington) 25-6 won by fall over Chris Betzen (Andale) 14-19 (Fall 0:53)1st Place Match – Skylar Brand (Wellington) 25-6 won by decision over Ian O`Laughlin (Augusta) 19-16 (Dec 6-1)McComb’s analysis: Brand’s biggest break came before the tournament started. Ulysses Diego Maravilla, the second ranked wrestler in the state, was one of three wrestlers who was declared academically ineligible. Brand did what he had to do to win this tournament. Andrew Pelkey 170 – Vincent Ast (18-16) place is unknown and scored 3 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Sean Benefiel (Mulvane) 14-11 won by decision over Vincent Ast (Wellington) 18-16 (Dec 7-6)Cons. Round 1 – Vincent Ast (Wellington) 18-16 won by fall over Kyle Hammond (Holcomb) 2-21 (Fall 2:12)Cons. Round 2 – Chase Thrush (Rose Hill) 26-12 won by decision over Vincent Ast (Wellington) 18-16 (Dec 2-1). 195 – Aaron Fair (20-6) place is unknown and scored 7.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Hunt (El Dorado) 18-18 won by decision over Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 (Dec 4-0)Cons. Round 1 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 2 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 won by fall over Camdon Sweet (Pratt) 4-28 (Fall 0:49)Cons. Round 3 – Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 won by fall over Darrell Cooley (Andale) 6-18 (Fall 1:33)Cons. Semi – Luke Borg-Keplar (Towanda Circle) 16-21 won by decision over Aaron Fair (Wellington) 20-6 (Dec 9-8)McComb’s analysis: I’m at a loss at how to explain it. Every wrestler has good days and bad days. For some reason, Aaron has his bad days during regional.He probably shouldn’t have lost that first match against the El Dorado kid. He wasn’t aggressive. And even in the matches he won he didn’t look sharp. I really thought he would get to the state tournament being pitted against the Circle kid who he pinned just a couple weeks ago. But it wasn’t to be. He looked like he had a pin in the first round before time expired on him. Some say he pinned him, I wasn’t at the right angle to say either way. Even then he was in control for most of the second (period). Then the Circle kid came back and tied it.It was 5-5 going with 45 seconds to wrestle when he hurt his knee. There is a time limit on how long a wrestlers can deal with an injury, and I told him to finish wrestling. He got up and got a quick reversal, and I thought he’d be OK. But it got away from him in the end. Team points: Team Scores:  1. El Dorado 149.5, 2. Pratt 142.5, 3. Augusta 136, 4. Mulvane 113.5, 5. Wellington 108, 6. Andale 98.5, 7. Clearwater 93, 8. Ulysses 87.5, 9. Winfield 85.5, 10. Hugoton 68, 11. Rose Hill 50.5, 12. Circle 50, 13. Holcomb 19, 14. Larned 14. Wichita Trinity 4.McComb’s analysis: We had a good tournament. We had junior varsity wrestlers who came up with their parents to support the team which bodes well for our program. We had wrestlers who knew going in probably weren’t going to go to state. But the main thing I emphasize is doing the very best they can and getting the experience. If they do that the wins will come – maybe not on the wrestling mat, but in life. That’s the goal I want for the kids learning to do their very best.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Whatever · 285 weeks ago Great job guys best of luck……………… Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 145 – Graysen DeJarnett (16-13) place is unknown and scored 8 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 won by fall over Jase Ebert (Andale) 1-8 (Fall 1:50)Quarterfinal – Reno Hughey (El Dorado) 37-5 won by fall over Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 (Fall 1:33)Cons. Round 2 – Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 won by fall over Chris Clark (Towanda Circle) 14-19 (Fall 2:37)Cons. Round 3 – Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 won by decision over Edgar Villa (Hugoton) 19-17 (Dec 7-2)Cons. Semi – Josh Long (Clearwater) 32-9 won by decision over Graysen DeJarnett (Wellington) 16-13 (Dec 9-5)McComb’s analysis: Graysen lost to the same Clearwater kid four times this season. His shoulder was really bothering him after the first period of the championship match, but he wrestled great and had the upper hand when time ran out on him. 126 — Kaden Heacock (7-12) place is unknown and scored 0 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Kaden Heacock (Wellington) 7-12 received a bye.Quarterfinal – Toby Gray (Rose Hill) 22-3 won by fall over Kaden Heacock (Wellington) 7-12 (Fall 0:52)Cons. Round 2 – Kaden Heacock (Wellington) 7-12 received a bye.Cons. Round 3 – Israel Montoya (Hugoton) 16-20 won by fall over Kaden Heacock (Wellington) 7-12 (Fall 2:16).center_img 160 – Skyler Struble (9-20) place is unknown and scored 3 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Skyler Struble (Wellington) 9-20 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Logan Baird (Pratt) 34-9 won by fall over Skyler Struble (Wellington) 9-20 (Fall 0:18)Cons. Round 2 – Skyler Struble (Wellington) 9-20 won by fall over Wes Davis (Larned) 8-18 (Fall 2:34)Cons. Round 3 – Ian Cross (Towanda Circle) 15-16 won by fall over Skyler Struble (Wellington) 9-20 (Fall 0:36).McComb’s analysis: I think Skyler had a good tournament. He got a pin in this tournament which was huge for him. 138 – Ian King (8-20) place is unknown and scored 0 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Ian King (Wellington) 8-20 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Dakota Motter (El Dorado) 26-6 won by fall over Ian King (Wellington) 8-20 (Fall 4:34)Cons. Round 2 – Ian King (Wellington) 8-20 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 3 – Brandon Guerra (Pratt) 14-16 won by decision over Ian King (Wellington) 8-20 (Dec 9-3). 182 – Joey Haydon (24-15) placed 2nd and scored 20 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Joey Haydon (Wellington) 24-15 received a bye () (Bye)Quarterfinal – Joey Haydon (Wellington) 24-15 won by fall over Aiden Camp (Andale) 6-10 (Fall 3:03)Semifinal – Joey Haydon (Wellington) 24-15 won by fall over Jeremiah Slattery (Larned) 11-10 (Fall 3:55)1st Place Match – Ashtyn Cody (Rose Hill) 12-4 won by fall over Joey Haydon (Wellington) 24-15 (Fall 3:49).McComb’s analysis: Getting Joey into the finals was a big moment for him. We gambled earlier this season. Joey could have wrestled at 160 but we bumped him up to 182 thinking this would be his best opportunity to get to state. And it worked out. Getting that pin over the Larned kid was huge in the semifinals.In the championship, Haydon got caught on the “Gramby roll” which is an easy thing to happen when you are wrestling against a kid so tall. But he was toe to toe with him before that.”  285 – Miguel Lujan (7-2) placed 3rd and scored 18.00 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Miguel Lujan (Wellington) 7-2 won by decision over Trenton Ging (Winfield) 4-21 (Dec 3-0)Quarterfinal – Austin Ochoa (Ulysses) 20-14 won by decision over Miguel Lujan (Wellington) 7-2 (Dec 5-4)Cons. Round 2 – Miguel Lujan (Wellington) 7-2 received a bye () (Bye)3rd Place Match – Miguel Lujan (Wellington) 7-2 won by fall over Austin Ochoa (Ulysses) 20-14 (Fall 4:56) 120 — Andrew Wolf (8-14) place is unknown and scored 0 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Nick Lucas (Pratt) 26-3 won by fall over Andrew Wolf (Wellington) 8-14 (Fall 1:15)Cons. Round 1 – Andrew Wolf (Wellington) 8-14 received a bye () (Bye)Cons. Round 2 – Zak Anderson (Ulysses) 20-19 won by fall over Andrew Wolf (Wellington) 8-14 (Fall 2:19)McComb’s analysis: I was proud how Wolf competed. Against the Pratt kid earlier this year, Andrew was quickly pinned. In this tournament he was much more competitive which showed the kind of progress he has been making. Skylar BrandThe brackets are set for next week (to see bracket log onto the kshaa.org website here). For only the second time in the last 10 years, Wellington will be taking four wrestlers to the big show, one shy of the five who qualified in 2014. Outside last season, Wellington has not had four wrestlers since 2006.Wellington finished fifth overall with 108 points. El Dorado finished with 149.5 points. Pratt, Augusta and Mulvane followed suit. The Crusaders topped Andale which had 98.5 points for sixth place.“To score over 100 points is quite an accomplishment for this team, the best we’ve done all season,” said Wellington head wrestling coach Mitch McComb. “We were as healthy as we have ever been so that helped.“But it wasn’t just that. As a team we wrestled very well.”Andrew Pelkey wins in a hard fought 7-5 decision in regional championship.Wellington took 12 to the regional tournament with no wrestlers at 106 and 132. As with every regional there were surprises and disappointments. The biggest surprise was Lujan’s surprise third place finish at heavyweight. More on him in a related story. For Pelkey it was securing his first regional championship. Brand won the crown without having to wrestle the No. 1 projected wrestler in the regional. Haydon’s tournament final was a surprise.The most devastating disappointment came with Aaron Fair not qualifying at 195, a tremendously heart-breaking moment for the Crusader Nation at the tournament.Graysen DeJarnett at 145, came close to qualifying but ran out of time in his championship match with Josh Long. Many others gave Wellington points here and there with big wins.Joey Haydon secures state tournament berth with dramatic win Friday.So much to talk about. Here’s a synopsis of the Wellington wrestlers starting with the lightest weight, and McComb’s analysis on some of the weight divisions. For more details of these matches click on the live blog below. Migel Lujan 113 — Daniel Schmidt (4-11) place is unknown and scored 3 team points.Champ. Round 1 – Daniel Schmidt (Wellington) 4-11 received a bye.Quarterfinal – Brayan Balderrama (Pratt) 25-11 won by tech fall over Daniel Schmidt (Wellington) 4-11 (TF-1.5 2:44 (15-0))Cons. Round 2 – Daniel Schmidt (Wellington) 4-11 won by fall over Daniel Bustillos (Hugoton) 9-14 (Fall 4:09)Cons. Round 3 – Uriah Pollard (Mulvane) 7-17 won by fall over Daniel Schmidt (Wellington) 4-11 (Fall 0:57).last_img

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