When Blue Springs South’s Dalton Kenig put Lee Summit North’s Julio Perez on his back for the deciding two points, nearly every wrestler on the Jaguar bench jumped out of their seats in jubilation.
In the penultimate match of the evening, Kenig used a single-leg sweep to take down Lee Summit North’s Julio Perez in the 120-pound weight division to take a 6-4 victory in sudden death and put the exclamation point on the 54-24 Suburban Big Six dual win for the visiting Jaguars.
“That’s my go-to move,” Kenig said of the takedown. “I practice it a lot. I work really hard on my physical training so I can go the extra period. I focus on having the same intensity in the first period as I do later on.”
Down 4-2 going into the third period, Kenig was able to keep Perez’s shoulders close to the mat for the majority of the period. He got a near fall in the nick of time as the referee rewarded him the tying two points right before time expired.
“It’s all about confidence,” Kenig said. “In my mind, the score was 0-0. I knew my abilities would push me through.”
“When you go hard for six minutes, good things happen,” South coach Doug Black added after his team improved to 14-6 overall and 3-1 in the Big Six in dual matches. “Kenig fought really hard for those six minutes and scored two crucial points to end the period and scored the overtime win. Wins like that are big for our program.”
That same confidence seemed to be in his fellow teammates as the Jaguars won seven of the eight contested matches, five of them via pin.
“We’ve been working on eliminating the mental mistakes the past couple of weeks,” Black said. “Our kids came out and did a good job of that tonight.”
The Jaguars started off on the right foot when Trey Storey (152) earned a 4-2 decision over 2013 state qualifier Ian Lindsey. Lee’s Summit North rebounded when Ryan Conrad (160) pinned Taron Fields and Melad Hajeh (170) won by forfeit.
“Ryan wrestled well tonight,” Lee’s Summit North coach Cameron Clover said. “The other kid got on his back a couple of times, but Ryan stuck with it, went back to some turns and finished it finally.”
From there, it was all Blue Springs South. At 182 pounds, Wyatt Parker gave the Jaguars momentum with a pin of Brendan Perez in the second period, and teammates Ben Lancaster (195) and Christian Boyles (220) followed with pins of Scott Anderson and Tucker Diekmann, respectively.
The Jaguars’ Christian Findley scored a strong win at 106 pounds, taking down Brandon Nutter twice before hooking him in a cradle for the fall, and Blue Springs South’s 138-pounder Sam Jackson closed things out by pinning Do’Mino Williamson’s shoulders to the mat in the final match.
Keegan McCormick (145) and Austin Hanson (113) were the only other Broncos to score victories, which were by forfeit.
“They’re really solid in weights where we don’t match up well with them,” Clover said. “With the way the matchups are, they win that meet every night.”
South’s forfeit victories went to Cole West (285), Sam Hampton (132) and Seth McLain (126).
“Overall, it was a great team effort,” Black said. “We’ve been preaching to eliminate the little mistakes and that showed tonight.”