Raymore-Peculiar notched a conference win at a double dual at Blue Springs and against Lee’s Summit Jan. 22.
The Panthers beat Lee’s Summit 45-31, but lost to Blue Springs 47-27.
“Blue Springs is tough and well coached,” Raymore-Peculiar head coach Brett Barbarick said. “It was their senior night and they have five tough seniors. They have good underclassmen as well. They showed why they’re the two-time defending state champions. I thought there were a couple of matches we should have done better in to close the gap of the score, but we didn’t win and it is what is. Lee’s Summit was missing some guys and we’re not at full strength and we were able to take advantage of that and put up another conference win.”
In the match against Lee’s Summit, Raymore-Peculiar picked up five forfeits at 106, 113, 145, 152 and 170 pounds. Kyler Wathor (132) won by a 6-5 decision over Lee’s Summit’s Austin Jones and Cail Cooper (182) pinned Tiger Nicholas Propst in 1 minute, 48 seconds. Carter Mackender (195) pinned Lee’s Summit’s Tyler Findlay in 48 seconds.
The rest of the matches belonged to Lee’s Summit. Alan Olivas (120) pinned Panther Ross Zuber in 1:06, Cartland Allen (126) pinned Raymore-Peculiar’s Trey Hecker in 1:36 and Coulter Allen (138) won by a 10-1 major decision over Panther Chase Brumback. Lee’s Summit’s Kyler Milligan (160) won by fall over Ecko Demaranville in 1:06, Theodore Propst (220) won a 5-4 decision over Raymore-Peculiar’s Aaron King and Logan Drake (285) won by pin over Panther William Mosley in 2:57.
In the Blue Springs match, the Panthers picked up one forfeit at 132 pounds and four other wins. Miles Robinson (106) pinned Easton Stephens in 38 seconds, Cody Woods (113) won by pin over George Crane in 1:13, Carter Mackender (195) won by a 3-0 decision over Jamie Foutz and William Mosley (285) pinned Bryce Thomsen in 0:58.
Raymore-Peculiar lost the other 10 matches to Blue Springs. Ross Zuber (120) was pinned by Jeremy King in 4:20, Trey Hecker (126) lost by a 22-7 technical fall to Joe King and Chase Brumback (138) lost by fall to Daniel Lewis in 2:56. Dustin McElroy lost by pin to Derrick Lapaglia in 1:19, Jacob Paddock (152) lost by fall to Cain Salas in 0:45 and Zach Short was pinned by Jayme Allen in 2:04.
Kason Tabor (170) lost a 12-7 decision to Loren Vasquez, Cail Cooper (182) was pinned by Michael Pixley in 0:48 and Aaron King (220) lost a 5-2 decision to Collyn Allen
“The team is 13-3 now so I’m proud of our record and how we’ve done as a whole this season,” Barbarick said. “Right now though, I would say we’re not competing to our full potential. We have kids who are talented, but we’re not countering shots very well and we’re not getting to our feet enough from bottom. If we can get a few things fixed and come together down the stretch I believe we can compete in our district. If we don’t fix these small but costly technique mistakes and if we don’t push each other in the practice room, then some of us are going to be ending our season a week sooner than expected.”