Oak Grove is currently ranked first in state in Class 4 and they showed it on Jan. 3 in a 53-22 victory over Missouri River Valley West rivals Harrisonville.
“They competed hard the entire match and we didn’t match their intensity,” Harrisonville head coach Eric DeVenney said. “Hopefully we will use this as a wake-up call to start picking up the pace in practice and in competitions.”
After a Wildcat forfeit at 138 pounds, Kyle Hix (145) was pinned by Oak Grove’s Logan Cairer in 1 minute, 18 seconds. Oak Grove’s Skyler Jackson won by a 15-0 technical fall over Anthony Franco at 152 pounds and Aaron Rampani (160) was pinned by Oak Grove’s Taylor Brinegar in 2:32 minutes. At 170 pounds, Harrisonville’s Nick Kreimeyer was pinned by Dalton Brinegar to give the Panthers a 29-0 advantage.
The Wildcats got their first points of the night at 182 pounds as Austin Moreland won by forfeit, but Oak Grove picked up another victory at 195 pounds as Preston Airington won by a 12-5 decision over Harrisonville’s Blake Moreland. Oak Grove received a forfeit at 220 pounds and Harrisonville’s Thommy Stukes earned a forfeit in the 285-pound weight class, keeping the Panthers ahead at 38-12.
At 106 pounds, Harrisonville’s Josh Barnett lost by fall to Brock Mercer in 54 seconds, but Harrisonville’s Jericho Harris (113) won by a 14-0 major decision over Jet Tyron and David Barnett (120) earned a forfeit to make the score 44-22.
Wildcat Ty Cochran (126) had the closest match of the night, losing by a 4-1 decision to Tyler Brown. And Oak Grove’s Bryce Mercer (132) pinned Ben Spencer in 3:04 minutes to end the match.
“We have a young team, but hopefully they can use this experience to improve for the final part of the season,” DeVenney said.