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

Produced by: Ross Martin
MissouriWrestling.com Content Producer
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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