A tournament already filled with outstanding wrestling programs got even tougher on Saturday at Excelsior Springs. Due to the weather, some other area tournaments were canceled and the number of teams wrestling at Excelsior Springs was increased to 14.
Clinton, Lee’s Summit North and St. Joseph Benton canceled out of the tournament, and those spots were filled by Oak Grove, Platte County, Grain Valley, Mexico and Warrensburg. Oak Grove is the No. 1 ranked team in Class 2, with Platte County ranked No. 3 in Class 3, and Warrensburg No. 8 in Class 3, filling Saturday’s brackets with many state-ranked individuals in the “A” pool.
Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said it was a very good test for his young squad.
“The “A” pools were very tough,” he said. “A couple of weight classes had state-ranked kids in the “B” pool. We have to work on weak areas next week and have two tough tournaments coming up. Hopefully we can make the needed improvements to win some of the close matches we dropped this weekend.”
Chris McFall had an outstanding tournament for the Spartans. McFall put together a 4-1 record on his way to winning the 125-pound class. He defeated three ranked wrestlers from Class 2 and 3, with his only loss a 10-9 decision to the No. 4 ranked wrestler in Class 1. McFall improves his season mark to 16-3.
Three Spartans finished fourth for the afternoon.
Reny Reis was 2-3 in the 160-pound bracket with his losses coming to the Nos. 2, 3 and 10 wrestlers in Class 2. Reis is now 16-5 for the year. Jake Halterman put together a 2-3 mark in the 285-pound class. His three losses were decisions to top-ranked wrestlers in Class 2. T.J. Kirkham placed fourth in his first competition of the season at 189. He was 1-3 for the tournament with two losses coming against the No. 3 and No. 4 Class 2 wrestlers.
Savannah Nobile was 0-5 in the 103-pound bracket, with three losses also coming to state-ranked opponents. Kane Southwick placed seventh at 152 with a 1-4 showing. His lone victory came in his final match against a state-ranked opponent.
Richmond had three wrestlers win their “B” pool brackets.
Tyler McGaugh grabbed first at 112 with four falls as he improved to 14-6 for the season. Alex Luman also recorded four falls as he went 5-0 to take the 285-pound class. He is now 14-7 for the year.
Colby Bowers is now 5-3 for the season as he put together a 4-1 record in the 215-pound bracket. Three of his wins on Saturday came by falls.
Also competing for the Spartans in the “B” pool were Derrick Davis, who was 1-4 in the 130-pound class; Matt Stafford was 1-4 at 135; and Caleb Scarborough was 0-5 at 140.
“We have to expand our skills and be more aggressive,” Simmons said. “We need to learn from the mistakes we have been making. We have some good individual potential, but we are a long way from where we are capable of being.”
The Spartans will host Carrollton and Cameron in a double dual on Tuesday, before heading to Harrisonville for the MRVC Tournament on Saturday.