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Examiner
  • Prep wrestling roundup: Cats finish second in KC Stampede

  • Blue Springs wrestling coach Mike Hagerty says his team has plenty of room for improvement. That idea might be scary to future Wildcat opponents considering how formidable they already appear.

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  • Blue Springs wrestling coach Mike Hagerty says his team has plenty of room for improvement. That idea might be scary to future Wildcat opponents considering how formidable they already appear.
    In last weekend’s Kansas City Stampede at Hale Arena, Blue Springs placed second behind Collinsville (Okla.) and bagged four individual championships. Collinsville totaled 460.5 points to top the 10-team field while the Cats tallied 430.5. Edmond North (Okla.) was third while Park Hill and Neosho – the only other Missouri squads in the tournament – came in fourth and fifth, respectively.
    Daniel Lewis (138 pounds) and Michael Pixley (182) starred for Blue Springs by going 7-0 with six pins on the way to titles in their weight classes. Darick Lapaglia went 7-0 with five pins to win the 145 bracket and Cain Salas scored four pins in his seven wins to secure the crown at 152. Austin Reyes finished fourth at 285.
    “For us to have four champions in a tournament of this caliber is pretty special,” Hagerty said. “Daniel Lewis, Darick Lapaglia, Cain Salas and Michael Pixley had outstanding weekends winning titles. Austin Reyes, wrestling heavyweight, also had a great tournament after just coming in from football.
    “As a team, we are still not firing on all cylinders. We need more production out of some of our other weight classes. I am hopeful that some of these other guys will step up when we go to ‘The Clash’ in Rochester, Minn. in a couple weeks.”
    RAYTOWN SOUTH TOURNAMENT: Blue Springs South sputtered in the final round after a strong start to finish fifth in the 17-team team tournament.
    Freshman Sam Hampton led the Jaguars by going 9-0 and winning the 113-pound championship. Sophomores Christian Boyles (195) and Dalton Kenig (106) each finished second and Eric Hicks (145) came in third.
    “The kids wrestled their tails off all day on Saturday and unfortunately had some things go against us in the final round,” South coach Doug Black said. “We will learn from it and move on. Having three kids in the finals is great, but only one champ leaves a bad taste in the mouth.”
    LEE’S SUMMIT TOURNAMENT: While William Chrisman finished 13th out of 22 teams, the Bears were just a couple matches from being in the top six.
    Louis West posted a 3-3 record to finish fifth in the 138-pound bracket while Tomasi Tuione (285), Taylor Blann (182) and Derek Williams (126) added fifth-place tallies. Larry Danforth was sixth at 106.
    “It’s just a lot of fun seeing the guys put in the work and improve like several of them are doing,” Chrisman coach Mick Cronk said. “It was a really nice weekend. Now we need to learn from it and get better.”
    LEXINGTON TOURNAMENT: Sawyer Meese led St. Mary’s with a 10th-place finish and 4-4 record in the 285-pound bracket. The Trojans finished 26th.
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