The Blue Springs South wrestling team kicked off the 2019-20 season with a split.
The Jaguars downed Raytown 42-18 but fell 42-30 to host Raytown South.
Freshman Zander Dombroski made an impressive debut, going 2-0 for the night. Sophomore Cooper Boyles also went 2-0.
“Really like what we saw from effort from the guys,” Jaguars coach Doug Black said. “Having nine new starters in the lineup and just trying to calm down their nerves. They did what we asked of them and went out and competed hard. Now some of the results were not what we wanted or will accept, but the facts are most of these kids are greener than green and we liked as a staff the savvy in them and coming at their opponents in Raytown and Ray South. Just need to clean up the little mistakes that a couple of them cost us matches tonight. We will take this as a good building block and go from this. The kids didn’t quit and that is what I love about them.”
Freshman Danny Hampton and sophomore Drew Penniston each went 1-1.
OAK GROVE 37, SMITHVILLE 36: Oak Grove trailed 36-6 after the first eight matches in Tuesday’s dual against host Smithville.
That meant the Panthers had to win out and get some bonus points along the way. They did just that, including four pins to close out the match and claim a 37-36 victory over the Warriors.
Carson Smith (145 pounds) claimed Oak Grove’s lone win in the first eight matches with a second-period pin.
Brody Armstrong won a 10-8 decision to to start a six-match win streak. Adrian Whitehead (170) followed with an 11-1 major decision, then Hunter Chaney (182), Eduany Huff (195) and Zander Brinegar (220) won with pins to cut the deficit to 36-31.
Heavyweight Caleb Groff (285) then pinned his opponent 21 seconds into the second period to lift the Panthers to the victory.
LEE’S SUMMIT 43, TRUMAN 30: Truman recorded three pins but it wasn’t enough to get past Suburban Large Seven rival Lee’s Summit Tuesday night.
Nathan Noda (152), Colton Treloar (182) and David Brack (285) all won by fall and Jayson Boatright won by injury default for the host Patriots in the season-opening match.