SPRINGFIELD – Blue Springs had four champions among its 10 wrestlers to finish fourth out of 24 teams with 366.5 points at last weekend’s Kinloch Classic at Springfield Hillcrest. William Chrisman got second and third-place individual finishes to highlight its sixth-place team effort.
The Bears finished with 278 points. Willard won the team title with 478.5 points.
Daniel Lewis (160 pounds), Michael Pixley (195), Jeremy King (120) and Gage Harmon (106) claimed individual titles for the Wildcats.
Lewis improved to 18-0 and pinned all seven of his opponents, including Willard’s Thomas Massangale (2:58) in the championship. Pixley (18-1) also pinned all seven foes in a combined time of 8 minutes, 27 seconds, none of them lasting into the second period. He flattened Owensville’s A.J. Harrell (1:38) for the title. Harmon decisioned Willard’s Nico Chavez 6-3 in the finals, while King upended Nixa’s Naseeph Al-Roubaie.
Also for the Wildcats, Alex Dye (170) and Atlanta McMillan (285) finished fourth, Joe King (132) fifth and Collyn Allen (220) sixth.
Chrisman’s Josh Wallace suffered his first loss of the season in the 170-pound championship match, 5-4 to Raytown’s Josh Drake. Chrisman coach Mick Cronk said Wallace (19-1) led 3-0 until Drake rallied in the final minute and recorded the winning takedown with 10 seconds.
"He dominated the match for five minutes," Cronk said.
Larry Danforth was the Bears’ next-best finisher, taking third at 113 pounds. All four of his wins came by pin. Louis West (145) placed fourth, Adam Olsen (106) and Brandon Butler finished sixth and Derek Williams (126) and Dustin Cikan (220) ninth.
The Bears were missing regular 285-pounder Tomasi Tuione due to a family commitment, and Cronk said he would’ve placed high in his class.
"We had several kids that really impressed me with how they competed," Cronk said. "Adam Olsen, he competed in a tough bracket, and I think Derek Williams had a rough Friday but competed very well on Saturday. The kids he lost to finished third and fourth."
"For not having a full lineup, sixth was very good."