Five Blue Springs South wrestlers won their weight classes, leading the Jaguars to the team championship at the Joe Crouthers Invitational at North Kansas City.
The Jaguars totaled 218.5 points to outdistance second-place William Chrisman by 20. Truman was 11th in the 16-team field with 48 points.
Christian Findley (113 pounds), Dalton Kenig (120), Sam Hampton (132), Christian Boyles (220) and Cole West (285) won individual titles for the Jaguars – Hampton going 6-0 on the weekend and the others 5-0. Sam Jackson (138) and Wyatt Parker (182) were runners-up, Ben Lancaster (195) third, Trent Ainsworth (106) fifth and Trey Storey (152) sixth.
“I am proud of our how our kids performed this weekend,” South coach Doug Black said. “Being short a few weights for various reasons, I thought our kids stepped up and did an excellent job. Having eight kids in the top three and five champs is a short indicator of our goals for end of February, which is the ultimate goal of 16,000 people cheering for you to get you on the podium.”
Findley scored a 12-4 major decision over Chrisman’s Larry Danforth in the 113 finals, while Kenig had a 9-1 major decision over Osawatomie’s Cody Hazlett. Hampton remained unbeaten at 25-0 by shutting out North Kansas City’s Blake Howerton 5-0; Boyles squeaked past Belton’s Sergio Ramos 1-0; and West pinned Ruskin’s Jamal Karriem in 5:38, his fifth pin of the tournament.
Jackson was pinned by Park Hill South’s George Barth in the 138 finals, and Chrisman’s Josh Wallace (24-1) shut out Parker 6-0 for the 182-pound crown.
In addition to Wallace, Chrisman got firsts from Adam Olsen (106), who downed teammate Tyler Hamm in the finals, and Derek Williams (126). Williams scored an 8-2 decision over Truman’s Johnathan Gosserand for the title.
Louis West (145) and Zack Soule (195) joined Hamm and Danforth in placing second for the Bears. West fell to Belton’s Calab Chevalier and Soule to Pleasant Hill’s Cole Reeves in the finals. Anthony Wheeler (120) and Tomasi Tuione (285) were third and Brandon Butler (138) fifth.
Gosserand was Truman’s top finisher. Amos Meek (170) placed fifth and Kane Kaiser (160) sixth for the Patriots.