Blue Springs South’s wrestling team ended the first portion of its duals schedule at 8-2 after splitting a pair of matches Tuesday.
The Jaguars overcame three forfeits to post a 41-26 win over Raymore-Peculiar but dropped a 35-33 decision to Grain Valley.
Trent Ainsworth received a pair of forfeit wins at 106 pounds for the Jaguars, while Sam Hampton (132), Trey Storey (152), Wyatt Parker (182), Christian Boyles (220) and Cole West (285) each won a pair of bouts.
Hampton won by pin against Ray-Pec and by technical fall (15-0) against Grain Valley, Parker won by decision and major decision and Storey, Boyles and West each pinned both their foes.
Christian Findley (113), Dalton Kenig (126) and Sam Jackson (138) added wins by decision against Ray-Pec.
South coach Doug Black called the night a tale of two matches.
“Our kids came out and battled and scrapped hard against Ray-Pec and then became complacent against Grain Valley,” Black said. “I really thought our kids did a excellent job with the dual against Ray-Pec – put it all on the line for six minutes against them. Against Grain Valley it was like a different team. We lost too many points at the end of periods, and that cost us matches and that is just not acceptable, period. We preach that you need to go for six minutes and good things will happen.”
Against South, Grain Valley got wins by decision from Wolfgang Clapper (113), Angel Hernandez (138) and Joe Sodano (195), Harrison Bamman (120) and Maverick Alexander (126) won major decisions, while Alex Packer (145), Dusty Mitchell (160) and Parker McBride (170) received forfeits.
“Grain Valley did a great job and took it to us, and it is my responsibility to make sure it does not happen,” Black said. “I knew coming in giving up 18 points we would be in a dog fight, and for the most part we were. We’ve just got to clean up some little things.”
OAK GROVE 37, SMITHVILLE 36: The visiting Panthers overcame three forfeits to win Wednesday, boosted in part by Jet Tryon’s overtime takedown for a 9-7 win at 113 pounds.
Recording pins for Oak Grove were Connor Brown at 106 (1:27), Tyler Brown at 132 (2:00) and Bryce Mercer at 145 (1:51). Landon Cairer at 152 pounds recorded a 20-4 technical fall in 4:40, while major decisions went to Skyler Jackson at 138 pounds (10-2) and Dalton Brinegar at 170 (17-3) and Shawn Kavadas won an 8-3 decision at 126 pounds.