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What you need to know for the Mizzou and Iowa State dual

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January 17, 2021

By Sean Mael

Overall: To this point in the season Missouri has seen a lot tougher competition and I think that will factor in here, as well as the chance to get a match in and get a good rhythm going before the match against the Cyclones.

Iowa State will have a long time after weigh-ins to hydrate, eat and get big before wrestling Missouri and there are weights where that extended recovery time may factor in as well. The matches at 125, 141, 157, 174, 184, 197 and heavyweight will all be really pivotal matches for seeding in March.

Coach Dresser is a good coach and has built Iowa State into a really strong tournament team and right now they are projected to finish fifth in Flowrestling’s tournament rankings whereas Missouri is currently projected 17th. Missouri does have a lot more room for upward mobility in these rankings than Iowa State does.

This is a big dual for the Tigers and I think they will rise to the occasion and really put it on Iowa State. Last season Iowa State essentially sent a reserve team to the dual against Missouri in the Hearnes and wrestled a Last Chance Open at home to get most of their starters more matches before March.

This could certainly be perceived as a slight and I think Missouri will be excited to get a chance to wrestle them this season. This should be a fantastic dual meet and there will be several momentum shifts throughout. This dual will take place at 4pm Central time on ESPN3. All rankings utilized in this article are courtesy of Flowrestling.

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#24 Connor Brown (3-1) vs. #7 Alex Mackall (3-0)

Thoughts:

This match is an interesting contrast of styles. Brown is very aggressive in neutral and likes to get to low level singles and doubles and finishes cleanly, but also has some length to his build that helps him to be an excellent scrambler.

Mackall is very stocky and compact and prefers to get to a sweep single to set up his offense. Mackall can be punishing on top, as he has three victories by fall already this season, albeit against non-Division 1 opposition.

Iowa State to this point has wrestled a pretty soft schedule and will get their first D1 dual of the season in against the Tigers.

Things you need to know about Mizzou vs UNI

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January 16, 2021
Will Mizzou run a shutout? UNI actually defeated Missouri last season, but the make-up of the two teams has changed drastically in that timeframe. Weight-by-weight preview is here.
By Sean Mael

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#14 Matt Schmitt (3-1) vs. #12 Jack Skudlarczyk (1-0)

Thoughts:

I am really excited for this match. Schmitt has made one real positional mistake this season and it cost him dearly in his first bout of the season, but apart from that he has been excellent.

Schmitt gets to legs early in bouts and scores quickly and then rides hard on top and typically will get a turn. He is a hammer and is very hard to beat if you let him dictate the pace. Schmitt is one of the more technical and strong 133lb guys in the country.

Skudlarczyk is really funky, is tough on top and is an excellent scrambler. This match is an almost alarming contrast of styles and it will be interesting to see who manages to come out on top here.

These two met at the 2019 Big 12 Tournament a couple seasons ago and Matt Schmitt walked away with a 15-0 technical fall win. Skudlarczyk made great strides last season and was an NCAA qualifier for the Panthers, but I do not think he has entirely closed the gap on Schmitt.

I look for Schmitt to come out hard and dominate the first 3 minutes of this match and then coast to a major decision here. Schmitt has very quietly been wrestling lights out since his unfortunate season-opening gaffe.

Prediction

Oak Park gaining momentum into Suburban Conference Tournament

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January 15, 2021

By Michael Smith

Oak Park will have quite a bit of momentum heading into the Suburban Conference Tournament this weekend.

That’s because the Northmen flat out dominated Park Hill South on Wednesday in a dual, losing only one match in a 78-6 drubbing of the Panthers at Park Hill South High School.

South, however, was ravaged by injuries, illness and even three seniors who graduated early and are no longer with the team.

“(The seniors) were all captains on the team,” Panthers interim head coach Corey Sterling said, who is taking for Dan Dunkin who is out due to health issues. “We’re scrambling a little bit right now.

“There’s a lot of holes in the lineup. We are trying to work in some younger guys (into the lineup) and see who fits.”

The Panthers only win came from Dylan Taylor (116) who pinned Adrian Aguirre in 2:37.

The rest of the meet was all Oak Park. Paul Hernandez, ranked No. 5 in Class 4 according to the MissouriWrestling.com poll, used a unique takedown to eventually get a pin Roger Guillory in 2:30. The Oak Park junior faked like he was going to grab Guillory’s upper body then swam under to get a throw for a takedown.

“I definitely wanted to work some of my takedowns, so I chose neutral in the second period,” Hernandez said. “I started using his momentum against him and everything just worked out. He was a strong, tough kid.

“He was really aggressive and was pushing into me a lot. “I went for a duck under, but when I did, he dropped all the way down on his heels, and I was able to adjust and push him forward using his own body weight and secure the pin.”

Coleton Tunstill (126) was another Northmen wrestler to get a pin. He dominated the match, going up 7-0 before getting a third takedown and he pressed his upper body down onto Connor Detty for the pin 3:24.

“It was a good match,” Tunstill said. “I wrestled him before and it was closer last time. I was finally able to get a pin on him. I have really been working on improving up top and getting pins.”

Like Tunstill, Oak Park senior Tristan Supernaw (106) was familiar with his opponent Connor Jackson. He ended up dominating the match, going up 11-4 before hooking a cradle and getting a pin late in the second period.

“I like to go to the front head stuff and work that a lot,” Supernaw said. “I am stronger than a lot of the other 106ers since I am a senior. I just like to overpower them a lot.”

Added Oak Park head coach Jacob Oberfoell: “This is only his second year wrestling. He started last year. It’s nice to see him evolve his wrestling a little bit, too. He’s got more tools now than he did last year.”

In the other matches, Taye Stapleton (195) won by forfeit; Josh Gant (220) went up 6-0 against Jacob Hicks in 1:46; Gavin Turner (285) won by forfeit; Jake Falder (120) won by forfeit; Jacob Wooten (132) locked Mohamed Ali into a half nelson and turned him over for a pin in 2:58;Kael Davis(138) won by forfeit; Lucas Cunningham (145) was down 4-2 to Kavan Slater before he got a reversal and a pin in 3:47; Logan Linard (152) pinned MitchellMitchell Drumright in 45 seconds; Karl Knack (160) won by forfeit; and No. 5-ranked Lucas Oitker pinned AShton Kuhn in 1:22.

“Our hard work is starting to pay off,” Oberfoell said. “We’re using some moves out there that we work on in the room. It’s good to see things come full circle for us.

“Lucas Cunningham is someone we are trying to get in there. He stepped up big tonight.”

And after seeing a strong performance from his team, Oberfoell has some high hopes for his team when the postseason comes around.

“I am hoping (to finish in the top 10 as a team at the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships),” he said. “I want to push as many through (to state) as I can. We’re going to adapt and overcome and go from there.”

Van Horn wins tri dual with Kearney and Raytown South

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January 15, 2021

By Michael Smith

The Van Horn wrestling team typically flies under the radar when compared to other squads in the Kansas City Area.

In Class 3, it’s often Smithville, Grain Valley and Kearney that make the most noise in the area. This season, Van Horn is proving it can compete with some of the best teams. That was apparent when the Falcons faced off against Kearney and Raytown South in a tri dual Tuesday.

Not only did the Falcons blowout the Cardinals 63-6, they pulled off a 39-33 upset of Kearney, a team ranked No. 6 in the MissouriWrestling.com poll. Kearney defeated Raytown South 66-18.

“Coming into this, we had high hopes,” Van horn senior 126-pounder Ethan Moses said. “It’s not like we haven’t beat good teams. We took out Grain Valley earlier, we beat Oak Park earlier this year.

Van Horn 120-pounder Darius Paige
Van Horn 126-pounder Ethan Moses
Kearney 160-pounder Will Locke
Kearney 152-pounder Ben Locke

“We’re here to make a statement as a team. Van Horn is not just a small Class 3 team anymore. We can compete with the best.”

Coming in, Van Horn coach Craig Addison said he felt like his team had a good shot at knocking off the Bulldogs.

“We wanted to make a statement,” Addison said. “We have beat state ranked teams like Oak Park, Grain Valley and Kearney. I told them we are reaching the summit. We have a chance to achieve things that this program has never achieved this year.”

Moses, a three-time state qualifier, was a big part of the victory as he got two pins in 22 seconds in both of his matches.

“I knew we needed to keep morale up against Kearney so I went out there and got a quick win,”’ Moses said of his match against JP Filger. “I wanted to keep the winning spirit up.”

Demarcus Penson (145) certainly helped Van Horn keep momentum in his match. He fell behind early 5-0 before getting a quick several and a first-period pin of Brock Mills.

“It’s very huge,” Addison said. “If (Penson) doesn’t win that match, we don’t win the dual. That’s what Demarcus does. He’s an explosive wrestler and he can turn it around at any point in the match. He is never out of it with his style of wrestling.”

Neither is freshman Darius Paige, who has proven he has what it takes to be one of the top wrestlers in Class 3. He improved to 12-0 with a 7-3 decision over Kearney’s Trenden Rogers and a 7-2 win over Raytown South’s Norman Schneider.

“I felt like I could have done a lot better,” Paige said. “I need to work on my cardio, so I can actually beat the people I know I can beat.”

Added Addison: “He’s beat a couple of ranked kids and the sky’s the limit for him. He works very hard and he’s another kid I am extremely proud of.”

Other Falcon wins against Kearney included Chandler Seavers (160/170) getting a second-period pin against Jacob Jackson, breaking a 4-4 tie; CJ Wilson (182) getting a third-period pin against Cameron Emmons; Keanu Sua (195) pinning Brennan Cole in 3:12 and Pashall Gonzalez (113) winning by forfeit.

Van Horn won two out of three contested matches against the Cardinals, which include the wins by Paige and Moses. Sua, Mason Igou (285), Tre’Vaughn Chambers (106), Gonzalez, Steven Campos (132), Penson, Chandler Tompkins (152), Austin Evans (170) and Wilson all won by forfeit against South.

Kearney’s wins against Van Horn included Tucker Black winning by forfeit; Zach Olson earning a 2-1 decision over Igou; Ethan McMullen (106) pinning Chambers in 3:52; Joey Purdue (132) edging Steven Campos 6-5; Eli Aashcroft (138) won by forfeit; Ben Locke (152) pinning Chandler Thompkins in 16 seconds and Will Locke (160) Austin Evans in 19 seconds.

“We had a couple of matches that we should not have lost tonight,” Will Locke said. “We will go into the practice room and fix that. We’ll be ready for the next dual.”

Added Ben Locke: “We were missing a couple of weights. The dual shouldn’t have been that close. Definitely didn’t expect that.”

Against the Cardinals, McMullen, Rogers, Purdue, Ashcroft, Gary Jacobs (145), Ben Locke, Will Locke, Jackson, Emmons, Cole, Black and Olsen all won by forfeit.

Raytown South only had three active wrestlers. Marek Redding (160) was the most successful Cardinal as he earned two pins. Marcus Wilson (126) earned a pin in 1:13 over Kearney’s Gage Green.

Mexico girls travel to Jefferson City – Capital City High School

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January 14, 2021

Mexico Lady Bulldogs Inaugural Season-Part 4

By: Jonathan Bowen

The Lady Bulldogs traveled down to Jefferson City on Friday afternoon to CapitalCaptial City High for a five-round scramble. Some familiar teams including both of the Jefferson City schools (the Cavaliers and the Jays), Tipton, Smith-Cotton, and Fatima. Mexico has seen all of these teams at least once, including their narrow defeat the night before against Tipton.

This would another series of firsts for the Lady Bulldogs as team scores would be kept for this tournament and team hardware would be awarded to the top two teams. Whereas in previous meets they have not. While Tipton ended up edging out the Jefferson City Jays by 1 point. The Mexico ladies with their smaller squad finished in a respectable 6th place just behind the Camdenton Lakers. Coach Senor had the ladies stay to watch the team trophy presentation and had them realize in the back of the heads that they had almost beat Tipton the night before in a dual with one of their teammates still out with an injury. Speaking with Coach Senor during the tournament, he stated that his team both as a whole and individually.

The following were the individual results along with some commentary on their matches.

Katherine Bowen placed 4th at 107 lbs. She faced both the Camdenton and Tipton wrestlers for the third time and second time respectfully. She started off with a strong win over a Jefferson City wrestler. But then a string of defeats to both of these repeat opponents. However, Coach Senor stated that she is creeping closer to beating those girls (both of them being upperclassmen and one is a returning state qualifier). It will be interesting to see when it comes to the district tournament.

Abbigale Drew placed 1st at 122 lbs. Using the momentum from her wins from the night before she made short work of her opponents by pinning them both, with one being in just over a minute. Coach Senor is very optimistic about this freshman girl and is enjoying watching her develop.

Kaylynn Pehle placed 6th at 132 lbs. This was her first action after coming off an injury and was very upbeat about being back wrestling with her teammates. She gave solid efforts each time out but knocking off the rust takes time as she’s been out of competition since before Christmas Break. Coach Senor was impressed with her mental approach and the way she handled the losses that she took today, knowing she needed to knock the rust off.

Ivy Perez placed 5th at 137 lbs. She’s a first-year wrestler and is understanding what the means. She was in several situations for the first time in competition and with more mat time, she’ll be aware of these different situations and work herself out of them.

Choice Foster (1-5) placed 2nd at 143 lbs. Foster is also a first-year wrestler and like the previously mentioned first-year ladies, Coach Senor is seeing subtle improvements that he’s hoping will pay off by the end of the season. Like what was stated previously with Perez, Foster needs mat time and that will be coming in the next few weeks with at least two or three competitions scheduled each week before the end of the month.

Brett Iman placed 2nd at 151 lbs. Brett notched her first career win on her way to a second-place finish. She pinned District 4 opponent from Jefferson City, which should benefit her when it comes to the post-season. Coach Senor was proud of her efforts in practice recently and those efforts were on display in her performance at this event.

The Lady Bulldogs will have a quick turn around and will be traveling west to Conference foe Marshall for their girls’ tournament tomorrow on January 9th. This will be the first time this season the Lady Bulldogs will face most of the scheduled opponents (according to trackwrestling.com), including Marshall, Wright City, Brookfield, California, Carrollton, Gallatin, and one of the powerhouses in Missouri Girls Wrestling, Lebanon. The other opponent will be familiar, Southern Boone, as they beat them in a dual on Thursday. After that, Mexico will be back in the practice room for a couple of days before competing again.

King Takeover

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January 14, 2021

8 min read

By Cory Peterson

Throughout the years we have seen many family legacies that have swept through Missouri wrestling. However, we haven’t seen anything quite like this. The King family has become a big-time Missouri wrestling name lately, both on the Missouri stage and even on the national stage. One might think about brothers taking over like the Valdiviezs’, Coxs’, and Saxs’ for example.

This situation is even more unique, as it’s a triple threat that isn’t just a group of brothers. This wrestling family includes Sabrina, Alyssa, and Colton King. They come from their father’s club, King Select Wrestling Academy. They all have ascended to #1 rankings in our Missouri wrestling rankings and all 3 look to win a state title this year.

As if it wasn’t hard enough for Sabrina King to be the middle child, she has also been a big name in women’s wrestling for quite some time. A former native from Illinois, King dominated the women’s circuit from a young age. She was a state champ in Illinois as a freshman, and a respective 3rd place finisher her sophomore year.

When asked about what keeps her motivated, Sabrina answered: “I want to be great at everything I do and I love the sport of wrestling. I also love helping the younger generation at King Select Wrestling Academy.”

Oak Grove made winning look easy at the tri dual against Grain Valley and Marshall.

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January 14, 2021

By Michael Smith

Oak Grove made winning look easy at the tri dual against Grain Valley and Marshall.

The Panthers cruised past the Owls 72-12 and then defeated Grain Valley in a 61-18 rout Thursday at Grain Valley High School. In all, Oak Grove lost just three contested matches and two by forfeit. Grain Valley, despite missing many of their top wrestlers, edged Marshall 39-36.

Oak Grove’s Hunter Chaney was one of nine Panthers to finish 2-0 on the night, as he pinned Marshall’s Gerald Nomau and Grain Valley’s OT Fredrick at 195 pounds. Chaney said he felt like his endurance was his best attribute on Thursday but he still has some things to work on.

“Overall, I think I did all right,” Chaney said. “I still need to get better at my shots and setting up my opponents for those.”

Caleb Groff, ranked No. 2 in the MissouriWrestling.com Class 2 poll at 285, earned a pair of pins as well against Marshall’s Isaac Almazan and Grain Valley’s Andrew Czeschin. He improved his record to 13-1 on the season.

“I am grateful to get a chance to wrestle this year with COVID going on,” Groff said. “I just wanted some mat time and nothing is guaranteed.”

Oak Grove’s Carson Smith (152), like Groff, was a state qualifier last year, and is looking for make some noise in the 2020-2021 season. He won by pin against Marshall’s Gabe Reyes and then cruised to a 16-3 major decision against Grain Valley’s Evan Reich.

“I felt like I wrestled well, especially in my first match (against Reyes),” Smith said. “I wrestled my match. My second match went the same, I just couldn’t finish it.

“I was pretty good with my double-legs (takedowns). It’s pretty explosive and catches people off guard. I was also good with my wrist control up top.”

Other Panthers to finish 2-0 were Holland Graves (160), Hunter Chaney (170), Zander Brinegar (220, Kaden Scarborough (126), Jordan Hall (132), Chayton Kellum (138) and Ethan Phillips (145).

“That’s what you want to only have three loses or so,” Oak Grove head coach James Morgan said. “We have a pretty good amount of experience.. A lot of our kids have been wrestling for a long time. Our savvy out there is not bad, we just need to work on our mentality and stay composed in certain situations.”

And if the Panthers can do those things, they could be a contender in Class 2 this season.

“We can definitely win a state championship with the team that we have,” Chaney said.

Added Morgan: “Oak Grove has 17 championships and we haven’t quite got there in my four years here. But that is always our goal to win a state title. The postseason will be a little bit longer this year, so we will have to gear up for that.”

For Grain Valley. Eli Hendricks (120) and Gavin Parks (106) were the lone Eagle to finish 2-0 as the duo’s matches were all won by forfeit. Tyler Groves (113), Justin Dewese (132), Reich, Joseph Hansuld (160), Mason Hontz (170) and Gzeschin each finished 1-1.

“We’re missing seven guys to illness, injuries or concussion protocols,” Grain Valley coach Jeff Bowman said. “It’s just want of those things. Tis’ the season. It’s hard to put together a team but we are slow putting it together.

“We didn’t do very well against Oak Grove. They are a perennial powerhouse. They are always good. It was a good test forus to face them and see where we are at.:

For Marshall, Gavin Mills(113) and Owen Kiso (182) both went 2-0, with all wins coming by pin.

Some of Missouri’s Best Girls Scramble to Seckman

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January 13, 2021

This Saturday, some of the top girl’s teams in the state gathered at the Seckman Women’s Scramble in scenic Imperial, Missouri. The home team was joined by Lebanon, Nixa, Harrisonville, Rockwood Summit, and Lafayette (Wildwood). Seckman coach Ryan Moyer said that he had more scheduled but were unable to attend due to other team obligations. Though the team list was small, the competition was intense.

Though there were only six teams, there were many hammers in the field, including five top-ranked and fifteen total ranked girls in the state, and they all came in to prove they are the early favorite to take home the team state title. 

Nixa’s Ashlyn Eli (#1 @ 102) bumped up to 107 and took the title by defeating Lillian Cottongim (#4 @ 107) by first period fall. 

Faith Cole (#1 @ 112) had five matches and five first period falls, including a dominant 24 second pin over Harrisonville wrestler Alana Lopez who had a 21-1 record going into the bout. 

Chloe Herrick (#1 @ 117) battled another undefeated opponent in Lebanon’s Kaylyn Rogers (#4 @ 117) and relied on solid defense to control the match and take the victory 3-0.

Oak Grove Panther Classic Championship Interviews

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January 12, 2021

The Lee’s Summit North wrestling team went into rebuild mode this season after losing seven seniors from last year’s team.

The Broncos are depending on a lot of younger wrestlers now, but that hasn’t stopped them from having some success. That was evidenced on Saturday at the Oak Grove Panther Classic when they took first place with 132.5 points. Belton was second (108.5) and Smithville was third (108). (Read full article here…)

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Lee’s Summit North wins Oak Grove Panther Classic

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January 12, 2021

11 min read

By Michael Smith

The Lee’s Summit North wrestling team went into rebuild mode this season after losing seven seniors from last year’s team.

The Broncos are depending on a lot of younger wrestlers now, but that hasn’t stopped them from having some success. That was evidenced on Saturday at the Oak Grove Panther Classic when they took first place with 132.5 points. Belton was second (108.5) and Smithville was third (108).

“We did lose a ton of wrestlers from last year,” North coach Mick Cronk said. “I told the kids, we lost about half of our varsity kids who’ve been varsity for four years. Most of those guys have been in the varsity lineup since they were freshmen.

“I knew we were still going to be tough because we have guys like Trey Robinson, Caden Schweitzer, Aaron Barnhill and Ryan McNeel. We have a really good freshmen class that needs more polishing. They’re an unfinished product.”

The Broncos had two wrestlers win their weight divisions and six others earn a medal.Trey Robinson (138) went 5-0 to take his weight class, which included a close match in a 6-4 victory over Fort Osage’s Bryan Herrera.