Despite the advantage of three forfeits by Lee’s Summit West, it was still a close 37-26 victory for the Raymore-Peculiar wrestling squad Jan. 30 at home.
“We did good tonight,” Raymore-Peculiar senior Dustin McElroy said. “We beat them. We didn’t beat them by much, but still it’s pretty nice to beat them.”
.After starting out the match with those three forfeits at 182, 195 and 220 pounds, Raymore-Peculiar had an 18-0 advantage. At 285 pounds, Lee’s Summit West’s Nathan Hall won by pin over Bailey Carlson in 42 seconds. But the Panthers won the next match at 106 pounds, as Miles Robinson won a 7-1 decision over Shane Knox, giving Raymore-Peculiar a 21-6 lead.
The next three matches belonged to the Titans however. Jake Woods (113) won a 14-1 major decision over Cody Wood, Austin Eveler (120) won a 15-0 technical fall over Ross Zuber and Levi Schmoll won a 12-3 major decision over Trey Hecker, closing the gap to 21-19.
“At 113 and 120, those are two very special kids,” Lee’s Summit West head coach Ethan Hauck said. “There are others on our team that are aspiring to be as good as those two.”
The Panthers won the next match at 132 pounds, keeping them in the lead as Mac Diaz won a 12-3 major decision over Lawyer Beckum, but Lee’s Summit West closed the gap again at 138 pounds as Steffon Fassett won a 7-6 decision over Chase Brumback, making the score 25-22.
At 145 pounds, Raymore-Peculiar’s Dustin McElroy won an 8-2 decision over Logan Roach to give the Panthers some breathing room.
“I just knew that we needed to win that match and it could help us win this dual,” McElroy said. “That was a big factor.”
The next two Panthers on the match also won their duals as Zach Short (152) pinned Elias Duckworth in 5:04 and Echo Demaranville won a 3-1 decision over David Padget. Raymore-Peculiar then led 37-22.
The last match of the night went to Lee’s Summit West as Tyler Nelson (170) won a 17-3 major decision over Kason Tabor.
“I knew it was going to be real tough and close,” Hauck said. “We have been giving up three forfeits all year, but we also had DJ (Thogerson) out of the line-up tonight. We were able to have someone in his place, but DJ is a very talented freshman and that’s hard for us to recover from. Overall, we wrestled pretty well, but there were some things we could have done better, that’s for sure.”
The Panthers have a 15-3 record and are gearing up for districts, which start this weekend.
“It’s just a good thing,” McElroy said. “We haven’t done that in awhile, so it’s pretty nice.”