COLUMBIA – Blue Springs South boasted four champions to claim fifth out of 12 teams at the Columbia Hickman Tournament Saturday.
Sam Hampton (126 pounds), Wyatt Parker (182), Christian Boyles (220) and Cole West (285) each went 7-0 to claim their respective titles.
South finished with 227 points, trailing champion Jefferson City (286), Parkway South (259), Northwest Cedar Hill (251) and Columbia Rock Bridge (247). Lee’s Summit North finished seventh with 153.
“Going into the tournament it felt like our kids were like a 2014 Ford truck, 8-cylinder firing on all cylinders,” South coach Doug Black said. “At the tournament it was like we could get only four cylinders firing, and that was not acceptable. It was one of those weekends where half were taking care of business like they should be and the others were struggling for various reasons.
“Fortunately, we have time to make the adjustments needed for the stretch run. It was nice to see our guys in the finals go 4 for 4. They took care of business, and that is what we have been preaching all year.”
In the finals, Hampton pinned Oakville’s Austin Neal in 5:44; Parker edged Rock Bridge’s Cody Maly 6-5; Boyles squeaked past Parkway South’s Eddie Morris 1-0; and West managed a 7-5 win over Oakville’s Adam Roland.
Dalton Kenig (120) and Ben Lancaster (195) each had 4-3 records to finish fourth, while Sam Jackson (138) went 5-2 to claim fifth and Christian Findley (106) went 4-3 for sixth.
Austin Hanson (106) and Ian Lindsey (152) each took second to lead Lee’s Summit North. Each dropped a 6-5 decision in the finals, Hanson to Cedar Hill’s Tyler Stegall and Lindsey to Rockwood Summit’s Caleb McIntosh.
Keegan McCormick (145) was third, Ryan Conrad (160) and Tucker Diekmann (220) fourth and Julio Perez (126) fifth for the Broncos.
WINNETONKA TOURNAMENT: Blue Springs seniors Daniel Lewis and Michael Pixley pinned their way to titles, leading the Wildcats to eighth place out of 16 teams.
Park Hill won with 412.5 points, with Eureka (358.5) and Rockhurst (321) rounding out the top three. Blue Springs totaled 218.5 points.
Lewis (160 pounds) and Pixley (195) each went 5-0. Lewis cradled Ozark’s Clint Godfrey for a pin in 1:06 in the finals, improving his record to 33-0. Pixley flattened Rockhurst’s Nelson Peterson in just 37 seconds, improving to 30-1. He spent just 4:48 on the mat in his five matches.
Gage Harmon (106) was the Wildcats’ next-best finisher, pinning Liberty’s Cameron Wells for third place. Jeremy King (120) went 5-2 and Joe King (132) 4-3 to place fifth, while Atlanta McMillan (285) 3-3 and finished seventh.