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  • Indians claim third at Liberty

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  • With one winner and four runner-up finishes, Fort Osage’s wrestling team finished third out of 13 teams at the Liberty Invitational Saturday.
    Kearney won the tournament with 307.5 points. The Indians totaled 224.5 points, 8.5 behind runner-up Lincoln (Neb.) East. William Chrisman was fifth (200.5) and Grain Valley 12th (34).
    Collen Divers won the 120-pound title for Fort Osage, completing a 5-0 tournament and improving to 22-9 with a 14-8 win over Belton’s Clayton Fenzel. Gunnar Hahne (106), Elias Vaoifi (132) and Jesse Jeffries (138) and Joshua Barnes (160) each added seconds for the Indians.
    Hahne went 3-1, falling to Fort Zumwalt South’s Hunter Brazil in the finals. Vaoifi and Jeffries each won five bouts, including four pins, before falling in the finals. Vaoifi suffered a 5-3 overtime loss to Lincoln East’s Austin Martz, while Jeffries (36-2) dropped a major decision to Kearney’s Blake Clevenger. Barnes got three wins before losing to Kearney’s Andrew Buckley.
    Jesse Reser (145) and Tyler Selemaea each placed third. Reser recorded three pins and two technical falls to go 5-1, while Tyler Selemaea had three tech falls and went 4-2. Jeremiah Reynolds (113) and Kyle Larson (126) each went 2-2 and Nicholas Wily (170) 3-3 for fifth-place finishes.
    Chrisman’s Tomasi Tuione won the 285-pound title, while Larry Danforth (113) and Zack Soule (195) added seconds for the Bears.
    Tuione (31-4) pinned four opponents and twice outlasted Belton’s Tyler Gorman. He won an ultimate tiebreaker 3-2, and won 4-2 on another overtime tiebreaker in the finals. Danforth went 3-2, with both losses coming to Fort Zumwalt South’s Christian Yates, while Soule won four bouts, including three pins, before dropping a decision to Kearney’s Brandon Adams.
    Thirds for the Bears came from Adam Olsen (1-2 at 106 pounds), Andrew Bennett (4-2 at 132), Brandon Butler (4-2 at 138) and Josh Wallace (4-1 at 182). Wallace now has a 37-3 record. Anthony Wheeler (2-4 at 120) took fourth and Hunter Soule (3-2 at 220) fifth.
    Harrison Bamman led Grain Valley by going 3-2 to take eighth at 120 pounds. Parker McBride won a trio of bouts at 170.
    BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH TOURNAMENT: Sam Hampton (126 pounds) and Christian Boyles (220) won titles to pace the Jaguars at the Lydia’s Lights Blue Springs South Tournament. South finished fifth out of 11 teams with 341 points, trailing Waynesville (452), Platte County (424.5), Lee’s Summit (414.5) and Rockhurst (402).
    Hampton improved to 41-1 by going 6-0 in the tournament, capped by a 10-6 decision over Lee’s Summit’s Alan Olivas. Boyles (38-2) went 4-0, including a 6-3 win over Kickapoo’s Tony Grant in the finals.
    Sam Jackson (138), Wyatt Parker (182) and Cole West (285) each took second for the Jaguars. Jackson won six matches until falling to Platte County’s Caleb Crabtree, Parker won five until a 4-1 loss to Kickapoo’s Dennen Porter and West pinned his first five foes until running into Waynesville’s Jacob Semple in the finals.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dalton Kenig (4-2 at 120), Jon Boynton (170) and Ben Lancaster (195) each took fourth and Seth McLain (132) fifth.
    South coach Doug Black noted that Kenig, Hampton and Jackson avenged losses from earlier this season. "That is what we are looking for as coaches," he said. "I thought the kids that competed did a decent job. The final round was not the best round. I thought a couple of the kids in the final round were content with their performance, and that is definitely not acceptable.
    "This being the last tournament of the year gives us a good barometer of where we want to be as districts are two weeks away and we are hosting them this year. We need to get back to the grind and fix the little things that are needed to get state qualifiers and place winners."

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