Senior 170-pounder Josh Wallace continued his formidable start, leading William Chrisman’s wrestling team to a sixth-place finish out of 24 teams at last weekend’s Lee’s Summit Christmas Tournament.
The Bears finished with 165.5 points, despite having three weights open and losing another wrestler early in his first match. Francis Howell won the team title with 212.5, and Lee’s Summit North was 12th with 108.5.
Wallace pinned his way to all six wins, beating Rockhurst’s Charlie Lipford in the championship bout. Wallace is now 12-0 this season with 10 pins and a technical fall.
“He’s a little unorthodox, but he’s very tough to wrestle and right now he’s just been dominating everyone he’s wrestling,” Chrisman coach Mick Cronk said. “It’s been fun to watch.”
The Bears also had two runner-up finishes. Derek Williams got pinned by Lee’s Summit’s Alan Olivas in the 126-pound championship match, and at 285 Tomasi Tuione dropped an 8-5 decision to Francis Howell’s Cory Fleming.
Larry Danforth (113 pounds) finished fourth, Louis West (145) fifth, Adam Olsen (106) and Dustin Cika (220) sixth and Zack Soule (195) ninth.
“We were really pleased,” Cronk said. “Louis West, through the entire tournament, gave up just seven points in seven matches. He lost two matches by one point. Derek Williams wrestled well besides the finals match, and Tomasi should’ve won his match. He was tied 3-3 with 40 seconds left and tried to rush something.”
Keegan McCormick’s runner-up finish at 145 pounds paced Lee’s Summit North. Austin Hanson was fifth at 113 and Tyler White sixth at 138.
KANSAS CITY STAMPEDE: Blue Springs senior Daniel Lewis rampaged through the 160-pound competition at last weekend’s prestigious Kansas City Stampede at Hale Arena, leading the Blue Springs wrestling team to 20th place out of 39 teams.
Blue Springs finished with 218 points, while Oak Grove was 26th with 121. Archer High School from Georgia won with 557.5 points.
Lewis pinned his first six opponents before recording a 17-0 technical fall in two periods over Archer’s Daniel Bullard. Fellow Wildcat senior Michael Pixley was runner-up at 182 pounds, getting four pins among his six wins before falling 3-2 to Bo Nickal of Allen (Tex.) in the finals.
Gage Harmon was Blue Springs’ other top-10 finisher, recording five wins to take ninth at 106 pounds. Atlanta McMillian was 19th at 285.
Dalton Brinegar (170) and Landon Cairer (152) each won five bouts and placed 10th to lead Oak Grove. Tyler Brown was (132) was 14th, Brock Mercer (120), Bryce Mercer (145) and Preston Airington (195) 16th, Connor Brown (106) 17th and Shawn Kavadas (126) 18th for the Panthers.
RAYTOWN SOUTH HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: Jesse Jeffries’ title at 138 pounds paced Fort Osage’s wrestling team to fourth place out of 14 teams. The Indians had 527.5 points, while champion Kapaum Mt. Carmel (Kan.) had 725.5.
Jeffries racked up a 15-0 technical fall in three minutes against Mt. Carmel’s Jacob Mills in the championship match.
Thirds for Fort Osage went to Jeremiah Reynolds at 113 pounds, Collen Divers (120) and Jesse Reser (152); Gunnar Hahne (106) was fourth; Elias Vaoifi (145) and Nicholas Wily (182) fifth; and Tyler Selemaea (160) sixth.
ST. LOUIS VISITATION TOURNAMENT: The Blue Springs girls basketball team rebounded in a big way in the Visitation Tournament. The sixth-seeded Wildcats, after falling to 10th-seeded Hazelwood Central 44-37 Saturday, rebounded for a 36-34 victory over third-seeded St. Louis Cor Jesu Sunday. The 3-5 Wildcats face Fort Zumwalt West in the consolation bracket at 4 p.m. Thursday.
“Our effort in the first game was as bad as it could be,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “Then we had a team meeting and played with mental toughness and intensity for 32 minutes (against Cor Jesu).”
Aliyah Lee’s 26 points were wasted in the opening round loss. Blue Springs trailed 20-15 at halftime.
Brianna Tauai scored 17 points in pacing the victory over Cor Jesu. The teams were tied 23-23 at halftime and continued to play it close the remainder of the way.