Adrian Castaneda thought he we would have a little bit of time to warm up for his wrestling match with Blue Springs 160-pounder Corbin Katamura in Tuesday’s dual.
But in a blink of an eye, the Lee’s Summit North senior had to strap on his head gear and head to the center of the circle.
That’s because teammate Triston Jones (152) wrestled before him and broke-school record for the fastest pin as he defeated Aaron Hazen in seven seconds – a victory that highlighted a run of eight straight victories for the Broncos during a 51-15 win over Suburban Big Six Conference rival Blue Springs at home.
“I just snapped the head and was on the attack from the beginning,” Jones said of his lightning-quick victory. “I flattened him and got him into a cradle and everyone was freaking out. I was like, ‘What is going on?’”
It was an unexpected, quick victory for Jones.
“I thought it was pretty cool because I was never much of a pinning guy,” Jones said. “I am more of a tech fall guy.”
Castaneda said he’s never seen someone earn a pin that quickly.
“I thought I was going to have at least 30 seconds to warm up,” Castaneda said. “Then Triston just pinned him pretty quick.”
The victory certainly impressed head coach Mick Cronk.
“When Triston is on, he’s as good as we got,” Cronk said. “He’s tough, he works hard and he’s a good leader. And he’s just a junior.”
Jones was a part of an impressive showing for the Broncos against a solid Blue Springs team. Jones called this year’s team “the best Lee’s Summit North has ever had.”
Castaneda has been a big part of that. He improved to 37-0 after pinning Katamura in 1:49. The senior cut the Blue Springs freshman four times to work on his takedowns and eventually worked the pin.
“I wanted to get a little sweat going and lose weight,” Castaneda said. “I just wanted to work on same takedowns. I also wanted to get more takedowns than one of my coaches (assistant coach Damian Moses) had his senior year. I think I am nine or 10 from passing him.”
The past two seasons, Castaneda made it to state but didn’t get a medal. This will be his last chance to do so and he said he wants to make the most of it.
“For sure,” Castaneda said when asked if this was the year he would get an elusive state medal (given to the top six finisher in each division). “I am super confident. I have the right mindset.”
Added Cronk: “He’s gotten better and has opened up his offense. Of his five or six takedowns, he used five different moves. That’s what we want. We want him to open up. He’s got a big arsenal.”
The Broncos also got a big boost from a pair of clutch victories. Senior Lane Overton (170) got a reversal just before time expired to earn a 3-2 victory over Michael Infranca. Zane Ragland (182) got a takedown of Lawson Lackey in overtime to earn a 3-1 win.
“I know he’s strong for sure, but I felt like I was the better wrestler going in,” Ragland said of Lackey. “I think I had the bigger gas tank and that helped me finish at the end.”
Also winning for the Broncos were Logan Thornton (220), who pinned Xavier Cooper in 1:13; Mark McGhee (285) and Cody Steinbrugge (120) won by forfeit; Peyton Kramer (126) pinned Keenan Colon in 3:42; Hunter Ross (145) earned a 7-0 decision Daemon Hegarty; and Aaron Barnhill (195) pinned Koby Mansfield in 3:29.
Freshman Jaxon McIntyre (132) and Cayden Dotson (113) highlighted the meet for Blue Springs. McIntyre pinned Wayne Pearson in 35 seconds; and Cayden Dotson (113), who normally wrestles at 106, improved to 36-4 after pinning Caden Schweitzer in 5:34.
“We bumped him up to get him a good match,” Blue Springs coach Bobbe Lowe said. “He wrestled a tough kid and did a good job and did what we expect him to do.”
Keegan Hodge (138) earned Blue Springs’ other win following a 3-1 overtime win over Cole Davis.
The Wildcats were shorthanded as three of their top wrestlers – Korbin Shepherd, Simeon Sullivan and DeAndre Thomas – didn’t wrestle.
“For having a couple of guys out of the lineup, I thought wrestled pretty well,” Lowe said. “We still have to go out and compete. We have to turn up or competitive fire another notch.”