Harrisonville girls win Lady Pirate Invitational; Area squads perform well in Council Bluffs

Nearly two dozen girls wrestling teams competed in Belton over the weekend, and Harrisonville left with a team championship. 

Harrisonville had only a single champion, but the Wildcats won the team race by 15.5 points. They scored 185 to win. Belton (169.5) and Fort Osage (160) finished second and third, respectively.

The lone Harrisonville champion was Chloe Herrick. She won the 120 weight class by winning all eight of her matches. Herrick pinned all eight opponents, including Liberty’s Julia Breeden in the third round of the title match.

Other top finishing Wildcats were India Parris (fifth at 100 pounds), Aubrey Jones (sixth at 105), Lillie Miller (third at 125), Abby Wilburn (fourth at 130), Lauren Dale (sixth at 149), Isaiah Turrentine (second at 174), Ryleigh at Strunk (sixth at 194) and Allison Dye (fourth at 235).

Belton placed second as a team, and did so without any individual champions. Finishing sixth or higher for Belton were Lela Boone (sixth at 100), Charlee Schlib (third at 100), Jaden Williamson (fourth at 110), Lauren Patrick (third at 120), Brionna Madden (second at 125), Louise Juitt (third at 149), Kamryn Salyer (third at 194) and Shawnee Cutburth (fourth at 194).

Helping Fort Osage finish third was a pair of champs. Aroma Marrufo won the 125 weight class with a second-period fall. Haley Ward also went undefeated, winning the 159-pound class by fall in 1 minute and 35 seconds.

The other top-finishing Indians were Frankee Cordato (fifth at 115), Kyleigh McGrath (fifth at 135), Taylor Hillbrand (second at 194) and Emily Floray (fifth at 235).

The other weight class winners were Ruby Scarborough (Smithville) at 100, Jaden Breeden (Liberty) at 105, Makayla Mallatt (Butler), Sophia Boone (Smithville) at 115, Charlie Gregg (Holden) at 130, Jillian Wallace (Basehor-Linwood) at 135, Amitira McNack (Clinton) at 141, Sevreign Aumua (Grain Valley) at 149, Mandy Wilson (Basehor-Linwood) at 174, Kate Grundy (Liberty North) at 194 at Claire Pritchett (Nevada) at 235.

Council Bluffs tournament

Six area girls wrestling programs headed north to Iowa over the weekend, and all six finished in the top 10 of the team standings.

Leading the way was Washburn Rural, which is a bit outside the Kansas City area, but it’s a program worth talking about. The defending Kansas Division I state champions dominated the 26-team field, scoring 191 points and defeating runner-up Lewis Central (Iowa) by 90 points.

Gardner-Edgerton finished third, losing to Lewis Central by a single point. Platte County was one spot behind the Trailblazers, placing fourth overall. The other area teams who competed were Olathe North (6th), Olathe South (tied for 7th) and Blue Valley Southwest (9th).

Washburn Rural won two weight classes and finished fourth or better in nine other weight classes. Its two champions were Kristen Rezac (100 pounds) who won all three of her matches by fall and Jaliah Johnson (165) who pinned her four opponents.

The other Washburn Rural top-four finishers were Kaitlyn Morris (4th, 114), Kendall Reid (3rd, 114), Addison Broxterman (2nd, 120), Alexis Fredrickson (2nd, 132), Madison Davison (3rd, 132), Carmen Alston (4th, 138), Laiken Clark (3rd, 145), Fatima Escobar (4th, 185) and Sophia Ross (4th, 235).

Gardner-Edgerton had only six wrestlers, but it scored enough points to finish third. The lone Trailblazers champion was Dakota Konzem, who won three of her 152-pound matches by fall after receiving a first-round bye. 

Shelby Davis finished second at 138 points. She pinned two opponents before losing by fall in the championship round. The other four G-E wrestlers were Kaira Mannio (6th, 107), Lilly Kepler (5th, 120), Michaela Konzem (6th, 126) and Addison Stephenson-Ray (5th, 165).

Platte County was led by the 132-pound champion, Audrey Call. She pinned all four of her opponents – three in the first round. Kaylyn Munn also placed runner-up at 235. Munn had a bye in the first round and pinned her first opponent in 33 seconds before losing the title match by a 1-0 decision.

Olathe North brought only five girls to the tournament, but two of them won their respective weight classes. Catherine Duong won all four of her 114-pound matches. Duong pinned two – one in seven seconds – and won the other two by major decision. Hailey Conley was the 235 champion. She pinned her first opponent in 27 seconds before winning by 7-2 and 1-0 decisions.

Olathe South was led by Nicole Redmond, who finished runner-up at 126, and Ann Prochko, who finished third at 152. Redmond pinned her first three opponents, but lost the title match by medical forfeit. Prochko went 4-1, losing her quarterfinal match before winning three matches on the backside of the bracket.

BVSW also brought home an individual champion. Hannah Glynn won the 120-pound bracket. She won her first two matches by fall before a tiebreaker win and an 8-5 decision in the first-place match.

On the boys side of the tournament, Washburn Rural was the top area team, finishing 10th. BVSW and St. Thomas Aquinas placed 12th and 19th. The other teams participating were Olathe North (25th), Olathe South (27th), Kearney (28th), Mill Valley (30th) and G-E (31st).

– story by Jimmy Gillispie

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