EXCELSIOR SPRINGS – With five champions, Oak Grove outdistanced the field at Saturday’s Missouri River Valley Conference tournament by a comfortable margin.
The Panthers totaled 390.5 points to 351 by runner-up Odessa. Pleasant Hill was third with 328.5. Grain Valley (248.5) finished fifth. Wrestlers were split into two pools per weight class, with round-robin wrestling followed by semifinals for the top finishers.
Connor Brown (106 pounds), Tyler Brown (132), Bryce Mercer (145), Landon Cairer (152) and Dalton Brinegar (170) all claimed titles for the Panthers, while Preston Airington (195) finished second.
Connor Brown (24-3 record) edged Knob Noster’s Logan White 10-9 for the title, while Tyler Brown (22-6) managed a 3-0 win over Pleasant Hill’s Cole Sullivan. Mercer (24-1) beat Pleasant Hill’s Brady Franklin 7-3 in the finals; Cairer (26-4) downed Carrollton’s Josh Frank 9-3 and Brinegar (24-3) pinned Richmond’s Wyatt Bulk in 1:23. Airington (19-2) suffered an 11-8 loss to Lafayette County’s Ian Gash.
Also for the Panthers, Brock Mercer (120) and Shawn Kavadas (138) took third, Jet Tryon (113) fourth, Skyler Jackson (138) fifth and Tristan Stack (160) sixth. Brock Mercer’s semifinal loss came to unbeaten Dakota Miller of Odessa.
Grain Valley’s Wolfgang Clapper claimed the 113-pound title, beating Odessa’s Brett Shull 10-3, while Harrison Bamman (120) and Mavrick Alexander (126) were second. Bamman (25-4 record) dropped an 11-4 decision to Miller, while Harrisonville’s Ty Cochran edged Alexander (27-3) 3-1.
Joey Sodano (182) claimed fourth and Bradley Feagans (195) fifth for the Eagles. Angel Hernandez (138), Jacob Dietz (152), Dusty Mitchell (160) each took seventh and Dylan Hamblin (132), Jake Rogers (145) and Hunter Ballinger (285) eighth.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD BOBCAT CLASSIC: Daniel Lewis and Michael Pixley pinned their way to titles, leading Blue Springs to eighth place out of 35 teams at the Bobcat Classic in Kansas. The Wildcats had 108 points, while St. James Academy of Lenexa, Kan., won with 209.
Lewis totaled just six minutes, 49 seconds of mat time in his five bouts at 160 pounds, none of which lasted a full period, and became the first four-time champion in tournament history. He is 24-0 this season. Pixley improved to 23-1 with his five falls at 195 pounds.
Also for the Wildcats, Gage Harmon went 3-2 to place seventh at 106 pounds, while Collyn Allen went 4-3 and finished eighth at 182. Atlanta McMillan (285) also went 3-2 and was one win short of placing.
YELLOW JACKET INVITATIONAL: Six William Chrisman wrestlers won their weight class pools in Saturday’s unscored meet at Center High School. Wrestlers were divided into blue and gold pools for round-robin bouts, with the top-six rated athletes going into blue pools.
Josh Wallace (182 pounds) and Tumasi Tuione (285) won blue pools, while Louis West (138) and Brandon Butler (132) were second. Anthony Wheeler (120), Andy Bennett (132), Deontay Lapsley (170) and Hunter Soule (220) topped their respective gold pools.
Wallace (29-2) pinned all five of his opponents. Chrisman coach Mick Cronk said his wrestlers had a combined record of 47-14 at the tournament.
Last Tuesday the Bears dropped a 49-18 Suburban Middle Seven dual at state powerhouse Staley. Derek Williams (126) and Zack Soule (195) won decisions for Chrisman, and the Bears also gained a pair of forfeits.
“We didn’t match up well,” Cronk said. “Not many people match up very well with them.”