Minus two starters, Park Hill takes the championship at the Park Hills Duals.

Nationally ranked Park Hill takes the crown. Lebanon was the surprise of the field, making an early statement in a season that includes a move back down to Class 3. The No. 4 seed, Lebanon opened with the defending state champions, and the Yellowjackets made a statement with eight wins — seven by pin.

December 4, 2018

Park Hill’s shorthanded lineup came up with a dramatic finish to win the Park Hill Duals Invitational on Saturday, but the Trojans’ title in the 27th annual event wasn’t the only highlight.

Lebanon went 3-2 in the Black Pool featuring the top six seeds, and the results included an upset of No. 2 seed and defending Class 3 Missouri State Wrestling Championships team champion Kearney.

Trevor Christian (Lebanon) after his victory over Waynesville's Michael Cassidy.

There was a fair share of top-tier matchups featuring returning state medalists and impact freshmen along with good competition from two Iowa teams.

In the end, Park Hill improved to 6-0 on the season — one day after beating nationally ranked Broken Arrow (Okla.) 40-26 in a spotlight dual to open the season.

Nationally ranked #1 Devin Winston, Park Hill, after a victory at Park Hill Duals

“We work hard,” first-year Park Hill coach Jacob Beck said. “We want it to be tough so we can have tests. We don’t schedule these teams to come here — Broken Arrow and all these teams — to have an easy road. We want to see who we are.”

Minus two starters to start the day, Park Hill also lost Phoenix Thomas to injury during the Trojans’ 48-18 win over Lebanon in the second of five rounds.

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