Raymore-Peculiar was in first place after the first day of the Harrisonville Christmas Wrestling Tournament Dec. 14-15. But after losing some wrestlers the second day to injuries, the Panthers fell to a sixth place finish out of 23 teams with a team score of 704 points.
“I think it was a good experience for our team to see how you have to have everyone in there competing to have a chance to win a team title,” Raymore-Peculiar head coach Brett Barbarick said. “As a staff, we can see we’re getting better every match, but have a long way to go to get where we want to be. Being a younger team, we have to learn how to finish a tournament. I thought some of the guys started fading and lost focus. The Christmas tournaments are a long two days and the days can drag. We have to dial in every match and prepare to win every match, I think some of us lost that focus a little.”
Two Raymore-Peculiar wrestlers didn’t lose that focus though, finishing the tournament with first-place titles. Mac Diaz took first in the 132-pound weight class, earning the title with a pin over Sparta’s Brock Polhamus in 5 minutes, 16 seconds. Carter Mackender also took first at 195 pounds with a 7-1 decision over Smithville’s Jacob Bohlken.
“Mackender and Diaz wrestled very well,” Barbarick said. “They led the way for our team and dominated the competition. Diaz is wrestling well and we hope to keep that going throughout the year. Carter is wrestling better and battled through an injury himself to win the tournament.”
Miles Robinson (106) placed second for the Panthers, losing the championship match by fall to Odessa’s Dakota Miller in 5:17.
Dustin McElroy (145) took fifth, taking down Sparta’s Michael Murnane in a 13-10 decision. Zach Short (152) also placed fifth, winning by fall over Deer Creek’s Preston Stockton in 42 seconds.
Ross Zuber (120) finished eighth, losing the seventh place match by fall to Deer Creek’s Brennan Banks in 3:24. Dominic Maiuro (138) also took eighth, as he went out by injury default in the quarterfinal, consolation semifinal and seventh place matches. Cail Cooper (182) finished eighth, as he was defeated by Carl Junction’s Calvin Bremmerkamp by pin in 2:52.
Trey Hecker (126) took 12th as he was defeated in the 11th place match by Cameron’s Dakota Morris by a 7-3 decision. Echo Demaranville (160) finished 12th, losing the 11th place match to Mexico’s Dalton Wilson by a 15-2 major decision. Aaron King (220) placed 12th, as he was defeated by Odessa’s Dalton Koch by fall in 1:34.
Cody Wood (113) took 16th place, forfeiting for a medical injury through round five and the consolation quarterfinal, semifinal and 15th place matches. Dakota Cornelius (170) also finished 16th, forfeiting for a medical injury through the consolation quarterfinal, semifinal and 15th place matches.
Tyler Smallwood (285) placed 19th, winning by pin over Nevada’s Tucker Wingert in 2:22.
Pleasant Hill tied for ninth with St. Charles West with a team score of 534.5 points. The Roosters were led by Kolin Rogers (160), who finished second, losing the championship match to Seneca’s Jalen Skaggs by a 6-2 decision and Olen Brattin (126), who took third with a win by pin over St. Joseph Benton’s Keone Snapp in 4:03.
“With the exception of one match, Kolin Rogers and Olen Brattin had great tournaments,” Pleasant Hill head coach Jeff Wyatt said. “Those two are leading the team in wins and pins and they are underclassmen. We still have work to do to get the entire team to put a complete tournament together and overachieve. We currently have a two varsity guys out of the line up with concussions and getting them back in the line-up will help us score more points. Finishing in ninth place as a team is a big improvement from last years 18th place finish.”
Cole Reeves (195) took fifth, winning by a 3-2 decision over Sparta’s Daniel Dawley. Cole Sullivan (132) placed ninth winning by fall over Webb City’s Dominick Howard in 3:25.
Kaler Selvin (106) took 12th, with an 8-1 decision loss to Osage’s Kyle Carroll in the 11th place match. Mason Hertzog (170) also placed 12th, as he lost the 11th place match by injury default in 1:57 to McCluer South Berkely’s Jamal White. Jacob Randle (182) finished 12th, defeated by Seneca’s Jeff Butler in a 7-4 decision.
Brady Franklin (145) placed 13th, winning the match with a pin over Center’s Terrell Winston in 3:29. Brandon Bray (113) finished 14th as he was defeated by Deer Creek’s Blake Sloan by a 17-0 technical fall.
Dylan Lewis finished 17th, winning by pin over Deer Creek’s Jake Lackey in 4:57. Dillon Davis (220) placed 17th with a pin over Richmond’s Kaleb Heber in 4:20. Josh Lukenbill (285) took 18th, losing the 17th place match by pin in 2:38 to Smithville’s Chase Thomas. Colbi Ford (152) placed 23rd, receiving a bye in that match.
Harrisonville took 11th in the tournament with a team score of 531.5 points. The Wildcats were led by Ty Cochran (126), who finished first with an 8-1 decision over Mexico’s Jordan Jones in the championship match.
Joe Schlechter finished fourth, losing the third place match to Adrian’s Christian Graham by fall in 0:35.
Aaron Rampani (160) took eighth, as he was defeated in the seventh place match by Cameron’s Kevin Sugden by fall in 3:29. Blake Moreland (195) finished eighth, losing by pin to Odessa’s Cole Barstow in 3:19.
Jericho Harris (113) placed ninth, winning by a 5-0 decision over St. Charles West’s Austin Schuler. Kyle Hix (138) finished 10th, losing the ninth place match by fall to McCluer South Berkely’s Adrian Watson in 2:51.
Brance Neal (152) finished 14th, losing the 13th place match to St. Charles West’s Tony McFadden by a 11-5 decision. Austin Moreland (182) took 15th, winning by pin over Clinton’s Tyler Rivas in 4:17. James Pesek (220) took 15th with a win by fall over Osage’s Alex Weatherspoon in 31 seconds.
Nick Kreimeyer (170) placed 18th, losing by pin in 1:26 to Ruskin’s Caleb Green.
Josh Barnett (106) took 19th with a win by forfeit over Odessa’s Tommy Hardin. David Barnett (120) placed 19th with a bye in that match. Ben Spencer (132) finished 22nd, losing the 21st place match by a 3-2 decision to Clinton’s Richard Wirsig. Tyler Decavele placed 22nd, as he was defeated by a 17-2 technical fall by Ruskin’s Tyrin Scott.