Excelsior Springs Tiger wrestlers racked up the points, winning their first dual meet of the season vs. the Richmond Spartans. Accumulating 57 team points against Richmond’s 18, the Tigers recorded eight pins adding 40 points to their score. Tiger Head Coach Ryan Campbell has been working the Tigers hard in the off-season and Thursday night’s home dual win was proof of the effort.
Starting off the evening for the Tigers in the 220 weight class, Brent Bledsoe fell by one match point, 3-2, to David Parker of Richmond. At 285 lbs. Tiger wrestler Cale Lawrence also lost his match in 1:27 to a pin made by Spartan Alexander Hays. The first six points Excelsior gained were Garrett Siegel, 106 lbs., who won his match by forfeit. But soon thereafter the Tigers were on a roll and the pins started coming in.
Darrion McLaughlin battled it out for 3:48 in the 113 weight class before he pinned Braidn Ford, adding six points to the Tiger tally. Next up Bret Rider, 120 lbs., made it 3:48 also before pinning to win over Dylan Caldwell. Tiger Isaac Dennis made another six points and a pin in 3:02 in the 126 lb. weight class.
The pins didn’t stop there for the night. Garrett Fortuna also pinned his opponent Mason Hewitt in the 132 lb. weight class in just 1:10. Brandon Sharp earned his pin in 0:57 in the 138 lb. weight class over Drew Fizzer. Also adding to the Tiger’s winning score with pins were AJ Edwards, 152 lbs. in 2:55, Cody Stanfill at 182 lbs. in 3:41 and Brandon McKinney in the 195 lb. weight class pinned in 3:27.
Winning by decision 7-2 and in the 170 lb. division was Braxxtin Todd, adding three points to the Tigers’ overall score.
The varsity Tiger team hit the mats in Park Hill over the weekend while the junior varsity Tigers traveled to Blue Springs. Dual scores will be available in the next edition of The Standard. The JV Tigers will host their first home tournament beginning at 9 a.m. this Saturday, Dec. 14, at Excelsior Springs High School’s Tiger Gymnasium.
By Jae Juarez • firstname.lastname@example.org