The Frontenac wrestling team posted wins over Jayhawk Linn (63-12) and Parsons (67-6) in their dual at home on Thursday night.
“We came out tonight and got pretty physical,” said Frontenac head coach Keith Aikin. “I told our kids that we had to be physical against these teams. We have to work on our moves. We also have to do what we need to get the crowd in the stands.”
Against Jayhawk-Linn, Frontenac’s Riley McDaniel won an 8-4 decision over Kevin Herbastret at the 113-pound weight class.
The Jayhawks’ Trevor Compton won by a fall over Mason Jameson at 126 pounds, while Colton Byrum also won by a fall over Kooper Loy (132).
The Raiders won the remaining matches with Brenden Ishimura (138), Dillon Roedel (145) Brandon Mlekus, Jordan Ishimura (160) and Andrew Mays (170) all winning by falls.
In the second dual, the Raiders took off to a fast start against the Vikings and didn’t look back.
McDaniel and Mason Jameson won by falls before Loy won by a major decision over Dalton Misener, 14-4.
Brenden Ishimura won by fall over Seth Chavez, and Roedel won a 5-1 decision over Zach Gilmore.
Mlekus defeated Tyler Metcalf by fall and Jordan Ishimura, Mays, and Kasey Dixon won by a fall.
Keenan Dodd of Parsons won by fall over Peyton Houston in the final match.
“I’ve got some young kids who haven’t wrestled in a dual or varsity match and this was their first time,” Aikin said. “McDaniel was bumped up and he beat a tough kid from Jayhawk-Linn. I’d like to see these kids be successful and get some more opportunities.”
Aikin was pleased with how his team responded following last week’s performance.
“We made a big improvement over the weekend,” Aikin said. “We had a decent showing at Burlington, Derby and Seneca (Missouri). We made a huge improvement tonight though when we wrestled. I told the kids that no matter what, we had to be physical.”
Jayhawk-Linn won the first dual against Parsons 39-18 to go 1-1 for the evening while the Vikings went 0-2.
“Any time you can get a dual win, you should feel good,” said Jayhawk-Linn head coach Brett Kramer. “We’ve had a young team but I saw some good things. Frontenac has a good team. I’d like to see us battle back better against tough competition. Frontenac is good though. I thought we were aggressive and controlled the match (against Parsons) from the get go. We had a few take downs and when we’re able to do that, we’re pretty confident.”
For the Vikings, it’s been a season of rebuilding.
“We’re a young team,” said Parsons head coach Chris Ball. “We do have some upper classmen but most of our roster is made up of younger guys filling up the varsity spots. Our inexperienced showed tonight. You want to see chain wrestling and we couldn’t do that tonight. It comes with experience. It wasn’t a great showing from us but we are young. This is our first dual for many of our wrestlers. It was good for them to build off of something tonight.”
Michael Bauer is a sports reporter for the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter at @michaeljohn391.