• Young Jags learn from mistakes in triangular split

  • On Tuesday night, Blue Springs South wrestling team showed exactly what coach Doug Black likes about it.

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  • On Tuesday night, Blue Springs South wrestling team showed exactly what coach Doug Black likes about it.
    The Jaguars’ effort in their triangular against Raymore-Peculiar and Rockhurst at Blue Springs South High School was far from perfect. In fact, Ray-Pec thumped South 49-10 in a contest that Black said he expected to be close.
    But after that initial disappointment, the Jags roared back to snare an emotional 37-28 triumph against the Hawklets.
    The thing Black understands is that his squad is green – of the 12 wrestlers to see action Tuesday, four were freshmen and two were sophomores. And at least while star Austin Eads is recovering from a knee injury, there are no seniors on the Jags’ lineup.
    “We made some critical mistakes in that first dual and it cost us,” Black said. “We lost four or five matches that were winnable because of mental mistakes.
    “But you know, they’re young. They’re working hard every day and that’s all you can ask for as a coach right now.”
    Junior Wyatt Parker scored a critical 5-3 overtime decision in the 182-pound match against Rockhurst’s Michael Broyles that sparked South to the win. He executed a late takedown to earn the win. Moments later, 195-pound sophomore Christian Broyles pinned Thomas Peterson. Freshman Ben Lancaster (285) closed with a pin of Parece Lucian in 5:10 to seal the triumph.
    “I knew I had to win for the team points,” Parker said. “I was just thinking about that the whole time. I couldn’t be selfish and give up. I was just thinking about my team the whole time.”
    In the match against the Hawklets, freshman Trey Storey pinned Nathan Hill at 138 while sophomore Christian Findley (106) earned a 10-2 decision over Andre Putman, freshman Sam Hampton (120) topped Hayden Hoebing 11-3 and Eric Hicks (145) rolled Joe Joe Mackey 15-0.
    Against the Panthers, Hampton bested Ross Zuber 12-0, Jackson edged Anthony Villarreall 8-7 and Hicks clipped Chase Brumback 6-2.
    Black didn’t want to excuse his team’s disappointing result against Ray-Pec, but he had to credit the Jags for how they bounced back.
    “It showed a lot of composure,” Black said. “They could have folded it in tonight and (packed) up the tent, but that’s the sign of a hungry team. They didn’t quit.”
    With a team bursting with youth, some of these early-season inconsistencies are to be expected. That hasn’t done much to dampen the enthusiasm of the Jags as they’ve still managed to get off to a 6-2 start.
    “I think the young guys do a really good job,” Parker said. “That’s most of our team. I think one of our best wrestlers right now is Sam Hampton and he’s a freshman. I think those guys really are the core of our team, the heart of our team.”

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