Is there any team in Class 4 that is going to stop Liberty?
If Saturday’s Class 4 District 4 boys wrestling tournament was any indication, the answer is no.
Liberty qualified the most wrestlers for Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships with 12 as the Blue Jays took first place as a team in the tournament with 268.5 points at Liberty North High School. Staley qualified 11 and took second with 208 points. Liberty North was third with 149.5 points while qualifying seven.
Class 4 District 4 Wrestler Interviews:
- Zac Bleess, Grain Valley (113)
- Antonio Martinez, Fort Osage (113)
- Gavin Parks, Grain Valley (120)
- Hunter Taylor, Liberty (120)
- Brock Smith, Grain Valley (126)
- Dru Azcona, Grain Valley (132)
- Cooper Rider, Liberty (126)
- Tyler Groves, Grain Valley (144)
- Grayson Moore, Fort Osage (144)
- Greg Dillon, Blue Springs (150)
- Justin Deweese, Grain Valley (157)
- Cade Dunn, Liberty (106)
- Erik Egstad, Park Hill (106)
- Kolby McClain, Liberty (150)
- Colby Gray, Fort Osage (150)
- Trey Craig, Liberty (157)
- Tanner Barker, Grain Valley (165)
- Merrick Murray, Staley (165)
- Chase Baldwin, Blue Springs (165)
- Peyton Westpfahl, Liberty (175)
- Isaac Ward, Fort Osage (175)
- Donovan Hodges, Liberty (190)
- Trevor Thorn, Liberty North (190)
- Gavin Gallman, Fort Osage (215)
- Elmotie Williams, Liberty North (285)
- Callen Smithpeter, Blue Springs South (285)
The Blue Jays had a whopping eight wrestlers win their weight bracket which included Devon Harrison (113 pounds), Hunter Taylor (120), Cooper Rider (126), Christopher Coates (138), Gavin Linsman (144), Kolby McClain (150), Trey Craig (157) and Peyton Westpfahl.
Cade Dunn (106), Isaiah Hung (165), Donovan Hodges (190) and Trenton Bindel (285) also qualified for state for Liberty by placing in the top four of their respective weight divisions.
Below is a breakdown of each weight bracket and the wrestlers who qualified for the state tournament.
106: Park Hill sophomore Erik Egstad is emerging as the favorite to win a state championship in his weight class. Four wrestlers who are ranked in the top four of MissouriWrestling.com’s poll were in his bracket Saturday and he came away victorious.
Egstad, ranked No. 1, took down No. 4-ranked Kaison Schreier of Fort Osage in the semifinals with a 6-0 win and he knocked off Staley sophomore Parker Leverknight, ranked No. 2, by a first-period pin to take first place….