The Blue Springs South and William Chrisman wrestling teams competed in the Belton High School Hall of Fame Dual Tournament Friday morning and placed sixth and eighth, respectively.
Belton won the tournament by defeating Omaha (Neb.) Bryan 57-21 in the first-place match.
South defeated Plattsburg 39-24, lost to Omaha Bryan 48-30, lost to Lee’s Summit 42-36, lost to William Chrisman 30-24 and lost in the fifth-place match to Grandview 41-40 in a tiebreaker.
The losses were largely due to having five open spots in the lineup, but those who wrestled fared well for the Jaguars. Brady Childers (182 pounds) led the way for the Jaguars with a perfect 5-0 mark. Cooper Dollin (120), Braedon Burner (126 pounds), Carlos Velasquez (145), Russell Baker (152) and Peyton Valentine (195) each finished 4-1, while David Jones (160) and William St. Louis (170) both went 3-2.
“I am pleased with the guys who competed,” South coach Doug Black said. “They came out and competed hard, and that is what you ask for as a coach. It was a good way to send out the first half of the year. Right now, we have some very undisciplined, selfish guys who are hurting their teammates and that is unfortunate. The kids need to come together and rally as a team as this is a very young team and somebody needs to step up for this team.”
William Chrisman, aside from its victory against South, lost to Belton, Plattsburg, Raymore-Peculiar and Grandview.
Jose Muravilla (126) and David Toese (285) both went 5-0 to lead the Bears. Coltyn Weston and Brayden Elliott both went 4-1 and Kash Ocobock was 3-2.