Thursday, Jan. 31 2013 11:36AM
Full of freshmen
LSW loses close match to Ray-Pec
By Stephanie Yeagle
During any match, the Lee’s Summit West wrestling team has between five to seven freshman on the mat. They also have been giving up three forfeits, all season long, at 182, 195 and 220 pounds.
But even with those disadvantages, the Titans made it a close call in their 37-26 loss to Raymore-Peculiar Jan. 30 at Raymore-Peculiar.
“I knew it was going to be real tough and close,” Lee’s Summit West head coach Ethan Hauck said. “We have been giving up three forfeits all year, but we also had DJ (Thogerson) out of the lineup tonight. We were able to have someone in his place, but DJ is a very talented freshman and that’s hard for us to recover from. Overall, we wrestled pretty well, but there were some things we could have done better, that’s for sure.”
After starting out the match with those three forfeits, Raymore-Peculiar had an 18-0 advantage. At 285 pounds, Lee’s Summit West’s Nathan Hall won by pin over Bailey Carlson in 42 seconds. But the Panthers won the next match at 106 pounds, as Miles Robinson won a 7-1 decision over Shane Knox, giving Raymore-Peculiar a 21-6 lead.
The next three matches belonged to the Titans however. Jake Woods (113) won a 14-1 major decision over Cody Wood, Austin Eveler (120) won a 15-0 technical fall over Ross Zuber and Levi Schmoll won a 12-3 major decision over Trey Hecker, closing the gap to 21-19.
“At 113 and 120, those are two very special kids,” Hauck said. “There are others on our team that are aspiring to be as good as those two.”
The Panthers won the next match at 132 pounds, keeping them in the lead as Mac Diaz won a 12-3 major decision over Lawyer Beckum, but Lee’s Summit West closed the gap again at 138 pounds as Steffon Fassett won a 7-6 decision over Chase Brumback, making the score 25-22.
At 145 pounds, Raymore-Peculiar’s Dustin McElroy won an 8-2 decision over Logan Roach to give the Panthers some breathing room.
“I just knew that we needed to win that match and it could help us win this dual,” McElroy said. “That was a big factor.”
The next two Panthers on the match also won their duals as Zach Short (152) pinned Elias Duckworth in 5:04 and Echo Demaranville won a 3-1 decision over David Padget. Raymore-Peculiar then led 37-22.
The last match of the night went to Lee’s Summit West as Tyler Nelson (170) won a 17-3 major decision over Kason Tabor.
“We did good tonight,” McElroy said. “We beat them. We didn’t beat them by much, but still it’s pretty nice to beat them.”
The Titans sit at second in the Suburban Middle Six Conference with a 17-6 record.
“Park Hill is pretty much running away with (conference),” Hauck said. “They are ranked No. 1 or 2 in the state and that’s just the way that is...I thought maybe we would go about .500 this year and we are about 17-6. We are doing better than expected really.”