Pleasant Hill dominated Missouri River Valley West conference rival Harrisonville 47-30 in the match held Jan. 22 at Pleasant Hill.
“We weren’t happy with the final score, but I thought we wrestled well and showed signs of improvement,” Harrisonville head coach Eric DeVenney said. “We need to keep working hard in the practice room to continue to prepare for the district tournament.”
The Roosters gave up a forfeit at 126 pounds to start off the match, but immediately tied up the score at 6-6 as Olen Brattin (132) pinned Harrisonville’s Ben Spencer in 2 minutes, 58 seconds. Pleasant Hill starting taking a lead with the next two matches as Cole Sullivan (138) won by a 6-5 decision over Kyle Hix and Brady Franklin (145) won by a 15-2 technical fall over Tyler Decavele to give the Roosters a 14-6 advantage.
But the Wildcats closed the gap with the next match as Dominic House (152) pinned Pleasant Hill’s Colbi Ford in 5:42 to make the score 14-12.
Pleasant Hill earned a forfeit at 160 pounds and Mason Hertzog (170) pinned Harrisonville’s Nick Kreimeyer in 3:15. The Roosters picked up another forfeit at 182 pounds to put them ahead at 32-12.
Harrisonville’s Austin Moreland (195) won by fall over Cody Tucker in 1:19 to make the score 32-18. But Pleasant Hill responded as Dakota Richey (220) pinned James Pesek in 3:45 and Delainey Taala (285) won by fall over Thommy Stukes in 59 seconds.
At 106 pounds, Rooster Kaler Selvin won by a 15-8 decision over Josh Barnett to give Pleasant Hill a 47-18 lead. Harrisonville picked up a forfeit at 113 pounds to make the score 47-24, and the Wildcats won the final match at 120 pounds as David Barnett pinned Brandon Bray in 0:47.
“It was a quality win,” Pleasant Hill head coach Jeff Wyatt said. “Harrisonville has some tough kids that wrestled hard. We are not a very experienced team that can be hot and cold. We are working for consistency.”