Blue Springs South wrestling coach Doug Black was not pleased with his team’s effort at the Belton High School Hall of Fame Classic last weekend.
It was clear in his comments after his team finished fifth out of eight teams.
“Right now we have some very undisciplined, selfish guys who are hurting their teammates and that is unfortunate,” Black said. “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.”
On Tuesday, however, Black saw a completely different team. His Jaguars took on North Kansas City and Grandview in a three-team dual and they came away with dominant home wins of 52-21 and 70-12, respectively.
South won 10 of 13 contested matches against both teams, eight of which came by pinfall.
“We spent a lot of emphasis on (getting pins) the last couple of days,” Black said. “We’re in the part of the season where we need to score more points. We did that tonight.
“It was night and day compared to over the weekend. Being a young team, sometimes you are going to have growing pains.”
The Jaguars were led by Braedon Burner (132), who earned two pins in 1 minute, 6 seconds or quicker, and David Jones (160), who won a pair by pin and major decision.
Burner made short work of his opponents as he pinned Grandview’s Eric Lopez in just 59 seconds and Northtown’s Nick Ward in 1:06.
“I just set up the fakes and when I faked, hit his head and go,” Burner said. “I take it seriously and I commit to it. I’ve worked on it with coaches time and time again. Repetition pays off.”
According to Black, it came down to the little things for Burner to find success.
“He had good fundamentals and technique tonight,” Black said. “That’s what I like to see.”
While Black was happy with what Burner was able to do, he was extremely pleased with Jones, who has made stark improvements since the beginning of the season. He hooked the shoulders of Grandview’s Jonathan Hernandez and forced them down for a pin at 1:09. He then controlled a match with Northtown’s Nick Garstang and earned a 12-4 major decision.
“He’s made a lot of improvements in a month,” Black said of Jones. “He struggled early, but he’s doing well now. I am proud of him.”
Other Jaguars to come away with two victories were Brady Childers (182), who used a waistlock hold to pin Northtown’s Ezra Ball; Peyton Valentine (195), who earned a pin right before the buzzer in the second period against Grandview’s Jarri Brooks; Jastin Robertson (113), who hooked Grandview’s Delaney Kibble with a crossface cradle for a pin; Cooper Doolin (120), who caught Grandview’s Dakota Lowe in a pin with 26.8 seconds left in the first period; Cody Kenig (138), who dominated Grandview’s Caleb San Nicholas for a 18-2 tech fall victory; and Carlos Velasquez (145), who worked a pin from the top position in the second period. Noah Leonard (220) also notched a pair of forfeit victories
“We came together as a team and finally decided that if we need to bump up, we should,” Burner said. “We made the corrections after Christmas break and (the Belton) tournament. Our middleweights did a really good job of fixing their mistakes and our lightweights came through.”
Added Jones: “We came out a lot more explosive today. Everyone came out here trying to win and everyone did their job.”