Both William Chrisman and Truman were short handed in a tri-dual with Winnetonka, giving up free points on open spots.
However, the Bears got some breakout performances from some of their younger wrestlers and the Patriots saw a couple of their seasoned wrestlers dominate Wednesday at Truman High School.
Winnetonka took the tri-dual with a 41-24 win over Chrisman and a 54-26 victory over Truman.
The Bears took second after routing Truman 49-24. Two sophomores who are wrestling varsity for the first time had their shining moments on Wednesday.
Brock Edwards (220), whose nickname is “Brock Lesnar (a well-known WWE wrestler and UFC fighter),” dominated both of his matches. He got a pin in 1:15 over Winnetonka’s Blake Brinsa after getting a pair of takedowns. He also pinned Truman’s Jacob Presler in 2:57 after he forced his opponent’s shoulders down by using his full body weight to press on Presler’s shoulders.
“On the first (pin), I used a snatch to get him down on the ground, then a half (nelson) to get him on his back,” Edwards said. “Then I used a fat man roll to get the second one. That’s what the heavyweights do.
“I got two of my three varsity wins today.”
Chrisman coach Riley Glasgow was pleased with Edwards’ progression.
“He’s improved a lot and he’s easy to coach,” Glasgow said. “He hit a good (fat man) roll on bottom. He’s been working hard on that for two years now. We just have to work being on our feet and getting a takedown on our feet, and we’ll be all right.”
Rico Alainz (152) is another Chrisman wrestler who is on the rise. The sophomore gutted out a 3-0 win against Truman senior Nick Potter, getting an escape and a takedown in the second period. He was also in the most tightly contested match of the night against Winnetonka’s Clayton Camacho. He erased a 4-0 deficit and took a 6-4 lead after takedown and near fall in the third. Camacho worked a reversal near the end of the period to send it to overtime. The two battled in a neutral position on the ground before Alainz maneuvered behind Camacho and circled around him for the deciding takedown.
“All my coaches were yelling at me to get a wizard,” Alainz said of the move he used in his match against Camacho. “I finally got it and I was able to circle around. My second match could have been better. I didn’t leave it all on the mat like I should’ve. But I got the win, so that’s good.”
Glasgow noted Alainz avenged a loss from earlier in the year.
“Rico looked a lot better today, especially on bottom,” Glasgow said. “He got a redemption win against that Winnetonka kid. He beat us earlier in the year. It feels good for him to win that one.”
Other Bears who come away without a loss were Jose Maravilla (126), who edged Winnetonka’s Jordan Aquino 4-3 and had a forfeit victory; Kash Ocobock (113), who was the beneficiary of a forfeit and dominated Truman’s Dylan McCutcheon for a 12-2 major decision; and David Toese, ranked fourth in Class 3 in his weight class and has a 34-2 record, who won his only match against Truman’s Jesus Carbajal with a second-period pin.
Toese didn’t wrestle against Winnetonka because he is approaching the maximum amount of matches allowed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association before the district tournament.
“David has been wrestling well and that’s what we expect of him,” Glasgow said. “He knows that’s what expected. And he’s living up to those expectations.”
Other wins for Chrisman against Truman included Brayden Elliott’s first-round pin of Jason Chapman at 120 and forfeit wins for Jacob Rue (160) and Nick Arnold.
Truman head coach Levi Goes acknowledged that there is plenty of work to do for his team but was pleased with the way some performed.
Those ending the day without a loss for Truman were Kameron Clark (132), who had a pair of forfeit wins; Jeffrey Molt (195), who had a forfeit win and a pin of Winnetonka’s Kevin Garcia in the second round; and Chase Schroeder (182), a returning state qualifier, won his only match against Chrisman’s Mason Walters when he got a pin in 3:30.
“I would have liked to wrestle a little bit better but we had a few guys out with snow days and missing practice,” Goes said. “Team policy is you don’t wrestle if you miss practice and that kind of hurt us. Our 220, Jim Molt, was injured and was unable to wrestle. Tonight was all right but we still have room to improve.
“(Jeff Molt) has been wrestling really well for us. He’s where he wants to be going into districts. Chase is looking to maybe bump up to the 182 weight class if we can’t cut him down to (170).”
Schroeder, who normally wrestles at 170, split a pair of matches with fellow 182-pounder Sterling Trawick. Going against Walters helped Schroeder, who was facing a familiar foe.
“I wrestled Mason Walters growing up and he’s a great kid and a good wrestler,” said Schroeder, who improved to 22-2 on the season. “He’s big, burly dude. His feet aren’t up to standards like his strength is. I knew I could get him off balance somehow and I am good at controlling people up top.
“I am trying really hard to get back to state and even place at state.”