Park Hill pitched a shutout against its chief rival with Antonio Pacheco securing a tight decision late in the dual.
Facing off against Park Hill South, the Trojans benefitted from five forfeits in a 78-0 win Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo. Josh Steele (132 pounds), Carter Goslee (145), Thomas Lisher (152), Blake Hopson (160), Johnny Wilson (220) and Landen Brown (285) also had pins in the victory.
Starting at 126 with an open for Weston DiBlasi, Park Hill won 10 of the first 11 matches by pin or forfeit. The lone exception came up in freshman Aidan Johnson’s impressive 14-6 major decision over Park Hill South’s Andrew Mikuls in a 138 match.
Following an open at 106 for Trey Crawford, Pacheco rallied with three late points — two on penalties and one on an escape — to beat Fletcher Burns 5-4. Burns led 4-2 entering the third period.
Austin Kolvek, a sophomore, finished off the night with a 20-5 technical fall against Gage Baska, turning the Park Hill South freshman twice in the third period to finish off the win. Kolvek and Goslee made their season debuts for Park Hill after dealing with early-season injuries.
Cody Phippen and Austin Kincaid gave Platte County good starts, and Dakota Schmidt, Sage Smart and Casey Jumps helped finish off two dual wins Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Peculiar, Mo.
In the opener against Raymore-Peculiar, Phippen (113) and Kincaid (126) had early pins to put the Pirates up 12-10, but despite a decision win for Nick Filger (138) and pin for Jaron Hoegler (145), the Panthers went ahead 28-21 entering the 182 matchup. Schmidt bumped up and beat Joey Stalone 10-6, and Smart (195) and Jumps (220) followed with pins.
Platte County led 36-28 entering the final match of the dual and held on for a 36-34 win.
Against Grain Valley, Phippen topped Caleb Benshoof 6-2 at 113 in a rematch of last year’s Class 3 Missouri State Wrestling Championships’ 106 title match. Kincaid, a sixth-place finisher at 120 last year, held off Mitchell Alexander, a qualifier at 120 who missed a medal by one win last year at state, in a 2-1 decision.
Phippen’s decision put Platte County up 3-0, but the Pirates didn’t take the lead for good until Schmidt’s 17-6 major decision over Tanner Dennis at 170. A forfeit for Garrett Hilmes plus first-period pins for Smart and Jumps and another forfeit for Matthew Knopp put the Pirates ahead 43-18.
Platte County won 43-23.