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Examiner
  • Blue Springs places three in finals

  • The Blue Springs High School wrestling team will enter the final day of the state wrestling tournament Saturday exactly where coach Mike Hagerty said he expected coming in: In a battle for first with Park Hill.

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  • The Blue Springs High School wrestling team will enter the final day of the state wrestling tournament Saturday exactly where coach Mike Hagerty said he expected coming in: In a battle for first with Park Hill.
    With 116 points, Park Hill currently leads the Class 4 field over Blue Springs (96.5), which has won the last two state championships.
    Three finalists will pace the Wildcats on the final day.
    At 138 pounds, Daniel Lewis will look to score his third consecutive individual state championship. He held off Connor Flynn for a 7-5 decision to remain perfect at 45-0 on the year. Saturday he will face Rock Bridge’s Samuel Crane, whose only loss of the season came against Lewis.
    Lewis said he advanced by simply holding off Flynn down the stretch of the final match.
    “I was getting a little gassed, my chest was getting tight,” said Lewis, who said he is still recovering from bronchitis. “But I scored big and I scored early. I was just kind of hanging on toward the end.”
    Cain Salas will participate in the finals after recording a 17-2 technical fault over Fort Zumwalt West’s Travis Callahan at 152. He will face Park Hill’s Colston DiBlasi.
    The last Wildcat to compete for a title Saturday will be Michael Pixley, who pinned Holt’s Zach Wagster at 182. He will face Jarrett Franklin of Francis.
    Lewis enters Saturday determined to do what he has done each of the last two years.
    “This is my tournament,” he said. “I’ve never lost here.”
    Defending state champion Darick Lapaglia suffered a semifinal defeat to Holt’s Clayton Ream in a 4-0 decision at 145.
    Blue Springs South ranks 25th with 19 points, and did not send any wrestlers to the finals.
    Austin Eads, a 2011 runner-up who was hoping to land his first state title, lost by a 6-2 decision to Timberland’s Dustin Gray at 160.
    Lee’s Summit North ranks 37th with seven points, and will not wrestle anyone in the finals.
    Fort Osage and William Chrisman tied for 43rd with three points. Neither school will send a wrestler to the finals.
    CLASS 3: Grain Valley ranks 30th with 14 points and will not wrestle anyone in the finals.
    CLASS 2: Oak Grove currently leads the field with 143.5 points, and will see five team members wrestle in the finals.
    Jacob Best will compete against Ste Genevieve’s Travis Jones at 120. He advanced by recording a 13-5 major decision over St. Charles West’s Brendan Hachtel.
    Tyler Brown will face off against Pleasant Hill’s Olen Brattin at 126. He scored a 7-4 decision over Ty Cochran.
    Anthony Barker will take on Fulton’s Trenton Clines at 138 after yesterday’s 10-1 major decision over Odessa’s Jake Bartow.
    Page 2 of 2 - At 145, Logan Cairer will face Ryan Burkhart of Cameron. He recorded a 6-3 decision over Seth Summer of Savannah.
    Oak Grove’s final competitor Saturday will be Taylor Brinegar, who will face St. Charles West’s Casey Bartee at 160.  Thursday, he advanced by a 13-2 major decision over Excelsior Springs’ Tony Clinesmith.
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