The Western Boone Jr. High wrestling team traveled to Frankfort to compete against the Hotdogs on Thursday, March 4. It was a quick evening, despite 21 matches being wrestled. All 21 matches ended with one of the wrestlers being pinned. Western Boone dominated the dual meet, winning 96-12.
Kahne Reid (75) started the evening off by receiving a forfeit. Frankfort then evened the score, 6-6, with a pin over Jaden Latham (80). Western Boone then won the next four weight classes. Zach Sprong (80) trailed by eight points after the first period. He was taken down early in the second period, increasing his deficit to 10 points. Sprong then dug deep and reversed his opponent to his back, picking up four points before turning and pinning his opponent with 19 seconds left in the second period. At 90lbs, Isaiah Garland received a forfeit. Jacob Anderson (95) scored 14 points against his opponent before securing a third period fall. At 100lbs, Isaac Moore received a forfeit, stretching Webo’s lead to 30-6.
At 106lbs, Frankfort picked up their second and final varsity win with a first period pin over Jackson Long.
Western Boone picked up wins in the remaining 11 weight classes, except for 175 pounds where both teams forfeited the weight. Brawn Puckett (113) gave up the first takedown in his match, before reversing his opponent and dominating him until he pinned him in the second period. Kameron Mikesell (120) received a forfeit. At 126 pounds, Trey Fuston got the fastest pin of the season, taking just 8 seconds to defeat his opponent. At 132 pounds, Andrew Manthey received a forfeit.
In the 138-pound weight class, Tabor Nance was finally able to take the mat for the first time of in the season, although it was only for 41 seconds, before he pinned his opponent. Eryc Schnoor (145), Chris Hall (152), Darnell Jones (160), and Cole Houghton (195) all recorded victories by pin for the Stars.
At 220 pounds, Wyatt Dickey received a forfeit. The final varsity match (275 pounds) saw Josh Dickey take the fastest-pin-of-the-season honors away from Fuston (who had only held the distinction for 10 minutes) with a 5-second pin of his own.
After the conclusion of the varsity match, Kole Nelson and Braedyn Mathews both got some extra mat time in, but were unable to secure exhibition match victories.
Gabe Conyer, Isaiah Garland, Maverick Kraus, Andrew Manthey, Jacob Smith, Chase Smith, and Jayden Williamson all put in dominating performances in their exhibition matches with first period pins over their opponents.
The wrestling team will be back in action on Saturday, March 6, when Western Boone hosts a pared down version of WrestleMania, an annual tournament that produces a lot of exciting matches and memories.