2015 MSHSAA State Qualifiers
Jones 138#, Loyola 195#
After holding city bragging rights for a year, the Tigers lost them to the Titans last night.
The Titans steamed into our Fieldhouse, like a ship that could slam through all icebergs, easily sinking the Tigers 48-22. The Tigers never had a chance, committing mistakes and making mental errors.
The Tigers bright spots were Senior 170# Kyler Milligan, who recorded a first period fall against his Titan opponent, and 182# Sophomore Adam Spainhour with a major decision. 220# Sophomore Ali'i Loyola and 285# Junior Sean Watson accepted forfeits.
The Tigers lost eight of the eleven contests, giving up bonus points in six of them.
In the first dual of the evening, the Tigers dumped the LS North Broncos handily 49-24, winning six of the nine contested matches, five with bonus points.
The Broncos fell to the Titan in the second dual 47-21.
One possible good thing about last night's Lee's Summit Duals is that the Tigers should be raring to get into the practice room and work extra hard and put in extra time working on mental preparedness, riding, escaping cleanly, and defending throws in preparation for what is always two days of the most grueling and mentally and physically demanding wrestling of each season - the Lee's Summit Christmas Invitational, only two short practices away.
The Lee's Summit High School Tigers are undefeated this season at 4-0, with a two-dual home winning streak. They will continue their home stretch on Tuesday, Dec. 16 when they host the third annual Lee's Summit Duals. All three middle schools will get the action underway at 3:30pm, followed by the city's three high schools dualing it out at 5:30.
The Lee's Summit Kids Wrestling Club has moved Tuesday's practice to Wednesday this week to encourage all members and families come out and support their Tigers.
The Tigers cruised to an insurmountable 42-0 lead on the back of six forfeits and a second period fall from 113# Junior Skyler Reid to open the night
They followed that with three falls and a forfeit out of the remaining seven matches.
Winnetonka managed three wins, including a major.
The Tigers will continue their home stretch on Tuesday, Dec. 16 when they host the third annual Lee's Summit Duals. Action gets underway at 5:30pm. All three middle school will also wrestle.
The Tigers pulled off what can be considered an upset - a 36 to 34 barn-burner of a dual, given that Park Hill certainly did not think that they would come to the Fieldhouse and lose this dual. It seems they kept just enough of their big guns in the lineup to (they thought) ensure a victory. The Tigers had plans of their own!
The marquee matchup of the night, the Trojans' state champion Colston DiBlasi and Lee's Summit's own bronze state medalist Brady Daniels was exciting enough - Daniels lost a tough, hard fought chess match 0-4 via two tilts, and the second was as controversial as anything ever witnessed. But that wasn't even the most exciting part of the evening! If you weren't there, you missed Tigers Wrestling at its most fun and entertaining!
The Tigers and Trojans traded falls for the first six matches. A six six here, and a six six there, here a six, there a six - and you'd a thought we had two devils wrestling each other!
No, the most exciting match of the night was the final one. With the Tigers holding a 36-30 lead, it was up to first-year wrestler Sean Watson, 285# Senior, to protect the team victory. Sean put forth an effort not seen in a long time on the black Tiger mat. Watson struggled against a much larger opponent, whose only goal was to pin Watson in order to tie the team score. Watson was rolled to his back several times, only to fight off. He was called for stalling four times - another would have disqualified Watson and given the Trojans the six points they were looking for. In a display of sheer will, Watson fought until the final second ticked off, giving up a major but preserving the Tigers team dual victory.
Incidentally, had the Trojans been able to tie the team score at 36, it would have fell to criteria to break the tie and determine a team winner. And, the Tigers would have been awarded the dual victory according to the sixth criteria by virtue of three major decisions to the Trojans one. They were tied with zero team and individual penalty points, tied at seven individual match wins each and four falls each, as well as zero tech falls. The Tigers also led in criterias seven, eight, nine and ten. The only criteria of the thirteen possible that was in the Trojans favor was number eleven, most escape points, which they led fifteen to two. Eight matches ended in falls. Four concluded in majors. Only two of the fourteen matches were rendered by simple decision!
Winning by fall were 113# Junior Skyler Reid, 132# Senior Trey Broker, 138# Senior Austin Jones (pictured, left) and 160# sophomore Salvatore Garozzo.
Picking up major victories were 145# Sophomore Dillon Chronister, 195# Sophomore Adam Spainhour and 220# Junior Ali'i Loyola.
The Tigers host Winnetonka Thursday. JV gets underway at 6pm followed by varsity at 7.
The Tigers succeeded in their first day-long challenge of the season, grabbing a perhaps surprising silver at the 2014 Leavenworth Challenger tournament Saturday.
The Tigers had two champions - leading the team with an undefeated, 5-0 record was 170# Senior Brady Daniels. 132# Senior Trey Broker, 4-1 also earned gold. Broker avenged his only loss on the day. After losing by a close 9-7 score Broker turned the tables with an impressive 12-5 decision in the final.
Grabbing second were 113# Junior Skyler Reid who went 4-1 and126# Sophomore Kevin Foley, 3-2;
Also placing were 145# Junior Braden Parrish - 5th, 160# Sophomore Sal Garozzo - 4th, 182# Senior Kyler Milligan - 4th, 195# Junior John Hogan - 8th, 138# Senior Austin Jones - 3rd.
In the "B" gym, 285# Senior Nick Probst and 182# Sophomore Adam Spainhour went undefeated.
The Tigers open their home schedule with a dual against a very tough Park Hill Trojans team Tuesday. They'll stay on their home mat for the remainder of the year, hosting Winnetonka on the 11th, the Lee's Summit Duals on the 16th and putting on their 21st annual Lee's Summit Christmas Invitational Dec. 19-20.
The Lee's Summit Tigers wrestling team opened their season with a pair of dual wins at Park Hill South high school last night, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.
The Tigers opened the evening dualing Park Hill South Panthers and grabbing four straight wins to start and three straight wins to finish, taking ten of the fourteen matches. Contributing to the winning margin were seven of those ten wins included bonus team points - five falls, two tech-falls and a major. The Tigers gave up three falls and a major.
The Tigers got right back on the mat as the second featured dual of the evening against the Raytown Blue Jays. This contest had much more excitement, coming down the the final match to decide the team score. The Tigers managed eight victories including three falls a tech-fall and a major. However, they gave up four falls and tech-fall.
The Tigers varsity squad will travel to Leavenworth, KS this Saturday to compete their initial tournament of the season. The JV will compete at the Blue Springs Invitational.
Come get your first look at your 2014-2015 Lee's Summit High School Tiger Wrestling squad this Wednesday, November 19 as they showcase nearly 50 members in matches against each other.
Also competing will be several members of the Lee's Summit Wrestling Club.
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