By Chris Geinosky
Two of the top Class 3 wrestling teams from the Kansas City area endured a rough start to 2020.
Smithville and Platte County took their lumps at the 22nd annual Cheesehead Invitational this past weekend.
Just how tough was the nationally acclaimed, two-day tournament Friday, Jan. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 4, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin?
Try these numbers on for size. Thirty-three teams. Eight states represented. Five nationally ranked squads on the InterMat.com Fab 50 list. Twenty nationally ranked wrestlers. Eighteen state-ranked teams and 170 state-ranked individuals.
“The depth of this tournament is staggering,” Smithville head coach Taylor Middleton said.