Park Hill wrestling slams Blue Springs, Blue Springs South in triangular

Blake Hopson’s dramatic overtime win  in a matchup of ranked wrestlers highlighted the second of two easy dual victories for Park Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

After a shutout of Blue Springs South, the Trojans faced off with Blue Springs in a dual starting at 152 pounds. Tommy Lisher scored a first period pin, and Hopson followed with a matchup against No. 6-ranked Brett Heil at 160.

Ranked No. 5, Hopson scored a takedown late in the third period to force overtime then grabbed another takedown in the 1-minute sudden-death period for a 4-2 decision. 

Park Hill won the first five matches to take a 24-0 lead before Blue Springs scored the first of its three wins when No. 6-ranked Caden Cox decisioned Nate Smith 2-1 at 220.

Landen Brown (285) and Trey Crawford (106) followed with pins for Park Hill, and Blue Springs’ two remaining wins also came from ranked wrestlers — No. 6 Tyler Collins with an 8-1 decision at 113 and HM Jett Merlo’s pin at 138. Devin Winston (170), TJ Hullaby (182), Weston DiBlasi (126) and Josh Steele (132) also had pins in the win for the Trojans, who remained No. 1 in the most recent Class 4 rankings.

Park Hill’s Austin Kolvek had a 26-11 technical fall at 120 against Ali Howk, who gave up 13 takedowns total in the loss.

Blue Springs South gave up four forfeits in a 79-0 loss to Park Hill earlier in the night. Starting at 145, the Trojans received pins from Carter Goslee (145), Hopson (160), Winston (170), Smith (220), Trey Safford (113), Kolvek (120), DiBlasi (126) and Steele (132).

Brown had a 5-1 decision at 285, and freshman Aidan Johnson finished the dual with a 17-6 major decision against Wyatt Smith at 138.

Platte County 45, Belton 28

Down big, Platte County won the final five matches Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Platte County High School to stay unbeaten in Suburban Conference Blue Division duals.

Belton jumped to leads of 16-0 and 19-6 before Sage Smart’s second-period pin of Malik Clayborn in the 195-pound match started a comeback for Platte County. Clayborn came into the match ranked No. 6 at 220, while Jumps is No. 4 at 195 in the Class 3 individual rankings.

Casey Jumps (220) and Cody Phippen (113) took opens to help close the gap, and Blake Bills’ adventurous win at 120 locked up the dual.

Bills led 4-3 after the first period and scored seven more points in the second period, although Nino Enna briefly closed within 8-7. Bills led 11-8 in the third period when he took Enna down and pinned him in 4:47 to put Platte County ahead 30-28.

Two forfeits and Nick Filger’s 6-4 decision at 138 completed the dual.

Park Hill South 54, North Kansas City 23

The Panthers benefitted from six open spots in the Hornets’ lineup in a dual Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Park Hill South never trailed with Gage Baska (120), Carter Thomas (132), Andrew Mikuls (138) all scoring first-period pins to put Park Hill South ahead 30-6 after six matches. North Kansas City won four head-to-head matches and took an open at 182 to account for its points.

West Platte triangular

West Platte went 0-2 in duals with a KCI Conference loss in a home meet Thursday, Jan. 19 in Weston, Mo.

Against Hamilton, Justin Howard (160) and Julian Trelow (138) won head-to-head matchups in a 54-18 loss for the Bluejays. The Hornets benefited from five forfeits while there were double forfeits at 195 and 220.

In a 47-12 nonconference loss to Carrollton, Trelow had the only win for West Platte — a second-period pin of Daiquan Roberson at 138.

Lathrop triangular

West Platte split a pair of duals Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Lathrop, Mo., losing a KCI matchup with the hosts while winning 30-28 against Lincoln Prep.

Against the Blue Tigers, the Bluejays won five of six head to head matchups with Wyatt Kleman (145) and Jacob Brown (152) recording back-to-back pins. Justin Howard followed with a 7-3 decision at 160 before Mason Tyler survived overtime to win 5-4 against Soe Oo at 170.

The streak of wins put West Platte up 24-16, but Lincoln Prep went back ahead with forfeits at 195 and 220. West Platte’s Thomas Tharp secured the victory for the Bluejays with a pin at 285 in the first period.
Lathrop won 60-18 with two of West Platte’s wins by forfeit. Tharp closed the dual with a pin of Drake Chisam in the 285 match.