Sean Hosford returned to the lineup Wednesday, Jan. 20 with a pair of wins, and the senior closed Park Hill’s 65-6 win against Liberty with a first-period pin. One week after going unconscious in a loss to Platte County’s Ethan Karsten, Hosford was back up wrestling at 152 pounds with most of the Trojans lineup bumped up a weight. Park Hill benefited from four opens and also recorded five pins. The Trojans were 8-2 in head-to-head matches vs. Liberty.
With the win, Park Hill improved to 14-3 overall and 2-0 in Suburban Conference Red Division competition.
Thomas Lisher (160) and Devin Winston (170) opened the dual with falls, and Park Hill’s lead grew to 24-0 after a pair of forfeits. The Trojans won seven straight in the middle of the dual, including the two other forfeits, to stretch the advantage to 59-3.
Garrett Raynor filled in at 106 for Park Hill and won an 11-7 decision against Phillip Carson, while Trey Safford took the 113 match for the Trojans and won by a 15-0 technical fall.
Park Hill also defeated Raymore-Peculiar in the triangular by a score of 44-18. Hosford recorded a 15-0 technical fall at 152 in that win.
Raynor (106), Josh Steele (120), Jacob Sobbing (195) and David Ambriz (220) all won decisions for the Trojans, who shuffled the lineup in both duals due to illness.
Park Hill’s league dual schedule was slated to continue with a rivalry matchup against Park Hill South, which also entered the Tuesday, Jan. 26 meeting at 2-0 in Red Division competition. The result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.
Platte County 61, Olathe North 14
The Pirates went 11-3 overall, including a forfeit, in a matchup with one of Kansas’ top teams Thursday, Jan. 21 in Platte City.
Olathe North ranks No. 5 in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association’s most recent Class 6A poll with six wrestlers in the top six of the individual rankings. Two of Olathe North’s wins came with No. 4-ranked wrestlers winning major decisions against Nick Maddux and Nolan Saale, both junior varsity wrestlers in the lineup.
Platte County’s Ethan Karsten, a two-time Class 3 state champion, pinned No. 3-ranked Terrell Garraway in the first period of their 145 matchup. The Pirates also scored a key win with Trey Dockery’s late escape helping him win an 8-7 decision against No. 6-ranked Tyler Flood at 126.
Platte County 62, Raytown South 13
The Pirates benefited from five forfeits but also won six of nine matchups in a rescheduled Suburban Conference Blue Division dual Monday, Jan. 25 in Raytown, Mo.
Platte County improved to 6-1 in duals overall and 3-0 in league. The Pirates were minus four regulars but were still dominant with Matthew Schmitt (132), Matt Boren (152) and Dakota Schmidt (170) recording pins.
Park Hill South 42, St. Joseph Central 30
The Panthers won a second straight Red Division dual and improved to 5-6 overall in addition to staying undefeated in the league Wednesday, Jan. 20 in St. Joseph, Mo.
Despite three open spots, Park Hill South went 6-3 in head-to-head matchups to earn the win. Central gave up 12 points with two open spots.
Dalton Hodges (152) and Kevin Nollett (160) scored back-to-back pins during a stretch of five straight wins, which was capped with a forfeit. Zak Horton won a 145 match in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 9-2 deficit. He trailed Trace Walters 9-3 entering the third period but turned Walters to his back twice to end up with a 10-9 decision.
Hamilton 21, West Platte 12
The Bluejays won just one of five contested matches in a KCI Conference dual Thursday, Jan. 21 in Hamilton, Mo.
Dalton Larison also won by forfeit at 195 for West Platte, and the other eight weight classes were all double forfeits. Justin Rhodes scored a pin in the 152 match for the Bluejays.
West Platte also lost 45-9 to Carrollton in the triangular with Rhodes’ 7-0 decision against Luke Staton the lone head-to-head victory. Larison picked up a forfeit at 195.