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.
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS TIGER CLASSIC: Mavrick Alexander and Angel Hernandez won their respective weight classes for Grain Valley Saturday. The meet divided wrestlers into A and B pools per weight class, with no team scores kept.
Alexander (20-2) won the top pool at 126 pounds, going 4-1 including a win over a two-time state finalist. Hernandez went 5-0 at 138-A.
Harrison Bamman (120-A), Parker McBride (170-B) went 3-1 and 4-1, respectively, for second place. Wolfgang Clapper (113-A) went 4-1 for third, while Alex Packer (145-B) and Joey Sodano (182-A) also were third and Jake Rogers (152-B) and Bradley Feagans (195-A) fourth.
BLUE SPRINGS 39, LIBERTY 28: Blue Springs moved to 2-0 in the Suburban Big Six by getting pins in the final two matches to edge the host Blue Jays Tuesday.
Atlanta McMillan (285) and Gage Harmon (106) erased a 28-27 deficit with first-period pins to end the match. Daniel Lewis (160) took just 57 seconds to pin his opponent, while Jeremy King (120), Joe King (132) and Juan Juarez (138) won decisions. The Wildcats also had a 2-1 advantage in forfeits.
FORT OSAGE 55, OAK PARK 22: Fort Osage dominated Oak Park with eight pins to claim a Suburban Middle Seven home dual win Tuesday.
Elias Vaoifi (132), Jesse Reser (145), Adam Dickmeyer (160), Nicholas Wily (170), Cyrus Fields (182), Gunnar Hahne (106), Jeremiah Reynolds (113) and Collen Divers (120) all won by fall. Tyler Selemaea (152) won a major decision and David Chestnut (220) won a decision for the Indians’ other wins.
TRUMAN 51, BUTLER 18: Truman posted three pins to record its first dual win of the season.
Kurt Kaiser (132) got the Patriots started with a 26-second pin. Kane Kaiser (152) and Hector Navarrete (182) also won by fall, and Troyvonne Clark (145) won a 14-10 decision. Truman also had a 5-1 advantage in forfeits.
SMITHVILLE 48, GRAIN VALLEY 22: Host Grain Valley couldn’t hold on after jumping to a 22-6 lead after the first six matches Tuesday.
Wolfgang Clapper (113) and Angel Hernandez (138) recorded pins, Mavrick Alexander (126) won a major decision and Harrison Bamman (120) and Ralph Hernandez (132) claimed decisions to give the Eagles (4-2) the lead. But Grain Valley was shut out from 145 to 285.
OAK GROVE 60, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 18: The host Panthers posted four pins three technical falls to dominate Excelsior Springs in a Missouri River Valley Conference West match Tuesday.
Connor Brown (106), Jet Tryon (113), Brock Mercer (120) and Skyler Jackson (138) each won by pin, while Tyler Brown (132), Bryce Mercer (145) and Landon Cairer (152) had tech falls. Shawn Kavadas (126) won a decision, and the Panthers had a 3-1 edge in forfeits.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 59, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 9: The visiting Broncos managed just two wins in a Suburban Big Six road loss Tuesday.
Keegan McCormick (145) pinned his opponent in just 1:06 and Ryan Conrad (160) won a 3-2 decision for North.