Cougars second, Indians fifth at District Duals
Overland Park Shawnee Mission Northwest's wrestling team placed second at the Shawnee Mission District Duals, Friday.
The Cougars defeated SM North, 45-33, in their opening duel before falling to eventual champion SM East, 38-33, in the second round. Northwest rounded out the meet with a 59-18 win over SM South and 48-27 victory against SM West.
Only six matches were wrestled between the Cougars and Indians out of the 14 weight classes, as the two teams had polar opposite strengths with SM Northwest's top wrestlers being at the lower weights, and SM North thriving at the upper divisions.
The duel started at the 195-pound division, and allowed the Indians to bolt out to an 18-0 advantage with wins by forfeit from Joe Steve (195 pounds), Jeffrey Downey (220 pounds) and Nick Carson (285 pounds). The tides turned quickly, though, when the duel went back down to the lower weight classes.
The Cougars took the lead at 24-18 before the first wrestled match with four straight wins by forfeit from Jared Habben (106 pounds), Charles Brockmann (113 pounds), Noah Herzberg (120 pounds) and Colin Anthony (126 pounds).
"Giving up 24 points kind of kills us," SM North coach Thomas Peterman said. "Gotta have some lightweights. Team-wise, I kind of let things fly the way they do. I'm looking more at the individual matches, trying to get each guy ready for league next week and hopefully regionals and state."
The Cougars kept rolling once both teams took the mat, as Jermaine Epps (138 pounds), DeVonte Smith (145 pounds) and Trevor Rine (152 pounds) all won their respective matches. Epps won by a 14-4 major decision over Alonso Salgado, before Smith won by tech fall over Jeremey Sanchez, 17-1. Rine rounded out the Cougars' seven-match win streak with a first-period win by fall over Arthur Bagdasaryan.
"Jermaine actually made a decision on Salgado, which was huge because those two have battled already three times this year," SM Northwest coach Howard Newcomb said.
North rallied back by winning three of the last four matches, but it was too little too late. Luke Guthrie (160 pounds) got the Indians back on track with a 6-2 win by decision over Jackson Burnett.
"It was a good win for Luke," Peterman said. "He hasn't wrestled a lot of varsity, and he's kind of stepping in here once in a while. He's getting the hang of it, and every win gives him a little more confidence."
Noah Bryan won by forfeit and Tanner Willmon (182 pounds) pinned Cole Dugan in the second period to conclude the duel. Kevin Thompson (170 pounds) earned the final victory for SM Northwest by pinning Ben Richards early in the first period.
"Trevor's pin and Kevin's pin is really what helped make a difference in the score," Newcomb said.
The lone win for the Indians came against the Raiders in the fourth round. The Indians edged SM South, 45-30, and placed fifth in the team standings.
Carson highlighted the day for SM North by going 4-0. Salgado and Steve were close behind with records of 3-1.
The lower weights were dominant for SM Northwest, with Habben, Brockmann, Anthony, Epps and Smith all finishing 4-0.
Next up for the Indians and Cougars will be the Sunflower League Championships Feb. 13 at SM West.
"Right now, we're kind of beat up, but we'll still prove to be strong in the lightweights," Newcomb said. "We're beat up in the middles, and we just don't have any heavies."
The Sunflower League Championships will also marked the final stretch of postseason matches for SM North seniors Cesar Salgado, Steve and Carson. Peterman is looking forward to see what the three senior standouts can do.
"This is it," Peterman said. "There is no tomorrow for them. They gotta do what they gotta do."
Team places – 1. Shawnee Mission East, 2. Shawnee Mission Northwest, 3. Shawnee Mission West 4. Shawnee Mission South, 5. Shawnee Mission North.
SM East defeated SM South 45-21.
SM Northwest defeated SM North 45-33.
SM West defeated null 0-0.
SM East defeated SM Northwest 38-33.
SM South defeated SM West 41-40.
SM North defeated null 0-0.
SM West defeated SM North 43-21.
SM Northwest defeated SM South 59-18.
SM East defeated null 0-0.
SM North defeated SM South 45-30.
SM East defeated SM West 51-23.
SM Northwest defeated null 0-0.
SM Northwest defeated SM West 48-27.
SM East defeated SM North 60-15.
SM South defeated null 0-0.