It was a close match to the very end. With only two weight classes left to go in the dual between rivals Raymore-Peculiar and Belton Nov. 26, the Panthers had a slim 32-30 lead.
But at 220 pounds, Carter Mackender earned a solid 16-0 technical fall over Sergio Ramos to give Raymore-Peculiar a 37-30 edge before the Panthers finally won the match 37-33.
“He (Mackender) went out and controlled the match and sealed the victory for us,” Raymore-Peculiar head coach Brett Barbarick said. “It was a big part of the night, but Carter is still only 1/14th of the line-up. It’s a true team sport in the aspect where one guy cannot take over a dual. You have to have 14 individuals ready to go and prepared. There were several matches that could have gone one way or the other and we won enough of those to win the dual.”
It started at 106 pounds, as Panther Miles Robinson pinned Brenden Lamar in 1 minute, 47 seconds to give Raymore-Peculiar a 6-0 start. But the Pirates retaliated at 113 as Clayton Fenzl won a 10-9 decision over Jacob Clabough to cut that lead to 6-3.
At 120 pounds, Belton’s Brian Sanders pinned Ross Zuber at 1:03 to put the Pirates ahead at 9-6. But the Panthers responded as Trey Hecker (126) won by fall over Joe Bedwell in 1:21, giving Raymore-Peculiar back the lead at 12-6.
Next up at 132 pounds was Caleb Chevalier for Belton, who won by injury default over Gabriel Martinez, putting the Pirates back up at 15-12. The Panthers edged in front again at 16-15 as Mac Diaz (138) won by a 13-5 major decision over Clay Stine, then started to pull away as Dominic Majuro (145) pinned Issac Bobbitt with just seven seconds to go in the first period and Dustin McElroy (152) won by an 8-0 major decision over Austinn Goin, giving Raymore-Peculiar a 26-15 advantage.
Belton cut the score to 26-21 as Zuberi Muwwakkil (160) pinned Jacob Paddock in 2:28 minutes, but Zach Short (170) won by fall over Matthew Hodges 36 seconds into the second period to put things back on top for the Panthers.
At 182 pounds, Belton’s John Hiltner won by fall over Cail Cooper in 1:55 minutes and then Pirate Anane Silvers (195) won by a 7-2 decision over Aaron King to cut Raymore-Peculiar’s advantage to 32-30.
After the 220 pound match, Belton’s Andruw Goin (285) won by a 3-2 decision over Tyler Smallwood to end the dual.
“I thought we performed well, we still have a long road to go though,” Barbarick said. “There were some kids who stood out and some things we have to get corrected in order to get better.”
This marks the 15th year in a row that the Panthers have won against Belton in their annual dual. The last time Barbarick knows that Raymore-Peculiar lost to the Pirates was his junior year in high school (the 1997-98 season).
The Panthers also dualed Grandview that night, winning 69-12. Raymore-Peculiar received forfeits at 113, 120, 145, 182 and 195 pounds.
Robinson (106), Chase Brumback (152), AJ Anderson (160), Dakota Cornelius (170) and Aaron King (220) all won by pin. Kyle Wathor (132) won by a 11-3 major decision and Seth Coin (138) won by a 17-0 technical fall. Conor Berry (285) and Trey Hecker (126) both lost by fall.
Belton defeated Grandview 70-12, with seven Pirates winning by fall, Lamar (106), Chevalier (132), Stine (138), Austinn Goin (152), Hodges (17), Silvers (195) and Ramos (220). The Pirates received forfeits at 113, 120 and 145 pounds and Muwwakkil (160) won his match by a 13-4 major decision. Bedwell (126) and Andruw Goin (285) lost their matches.