Blue Springs South wrestling coach Doug Black says he has the youngest team he’s ever had.
So far, so good for the 2018-19 season.
The Jaguars dominated Raytown 48-28 and host Raytown South 70-12 in their season-opening matches Tuesday night.
“I liked how our kids came out tonight and scrapped with their opponents. They were hungry after all the practices to get to go against somebody else,” Black said. “I had really no idea what to expect as this, by far, is the youngest team that I have ever had in 20 years as a head coach. Teaching is fun again and having the kids give it their all is all you can ask for and they did that tonight. … We made some expected errors for November, but they are correctable ones.”
Tyler Fields (120 pounds), Alex Israelite (138), Cooper Boyles (195), Brevin Millican (170) and Evan Thielen (220) all won twice in their first varsity matches. Logan Hecker (126), Cooper Doolin (132) and Russell Baker (152) also won twice.
PARK HILL SOUTH 42, FORT OSAGE 39: Fort Osage won seven of the 11 matches contested on the mat but forfeits in the three upper weights gave host Park Hill South the dual victory Tuesday.
With six pins in the first eight matches, Fort Osage grabbed a 39-6 lead but the Panthers won everything from 160 pounds and up – including forfeits at 195, 220 and 285 – to claim the win.
Waylon Mansfield (120) and Jesse Newton (138) recorded first-period pins for the Indians. Dylan Reed (106), Jasen Periman (113), AJ Sanchez (145) and Josh Rieck (152) also won by fall for Fort Osage. Bryan Herrera (126) won a 9-7 decision.
LIBERTY 78, TRUMAN 6: Chase Schroeder (195) earned a pin but that was all Truman could muster in a Suburban Large Six dual loss to host Liberty in its season opener Tuesday.
Schroeder pinned his opponent in just 1:28 to cut Liberty’s lead to 12-6, but the Blue Jays capitalized on nine Patriot forfeits for the easy win.