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.
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.
“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.