Two mat Hornets go 3-2, four split in Saturday's tourney
PLATTSBURG ¤ Freshmen Aaron Baker and Vinson Moore each won three of five bouts Saturday to pace the Chillicothe High School wrestling Hornets' showing in the Plattsburg Invitational Tournament.
Four other Hornets finished 2-2 on the day, meaning just over half of the 11 CHS grapplers competing finished .500 or better.
A. Baker, who has only a few losses on the season while winning 15-plus times, unofficially, started fast in the 132-pounds weight division before fading.
He began with a mid-match pin, followed by a 4-3 decision in which his reversal was the only scoring move of the third period and turned a deficit into a 1-point win.
When Baker won by fall over a second Cameron foe three seconds before their bout was scheduled to end, he stood 3-0 for the tourney.
However, the CHS frosh then lost an 18-1 technical fall to a Stanberry opponent in the third period and was pinned by a Marshall opponent after only 46 seconds to finish 3-2.
Moore got to a winning mark in exactly the opposite manner.
The young Hornet dropped his first two bouts in the 220-pounds division by first-period falls, but came back with pins at 2:23, 2:11, and 1:29 in his last three bouts to wind up 3-2.
Coming away with break-even marks for the tournament were Kyler Sewell (120), Thaddeus Rinehart (126), Matt Shaffer (138), and Alex Barnes (285).
Sewell opened with two pin wins, but then met up again with 2011 state champion Garrett Zahner of Brookfield for a third time this season. Zahner once more came out on top, this time – for the first time in four meetings with Sewell the past two years – by fall at 3:49. Sewell then fell to a Cameron opponent by decision.
At heavyweight, Barnes dropped his first two bouts by fall, then pinned a Savannah foe in 2:54 and a Polo opponent at exactly one minute.
Shaffer won his opener by a 15-0 technical fall in the third period and pinned his second opponent. However, the sophomore lost 8-5 and 3-1 in his last two bouts of the day.
Rinehart lost by a decision and fall to start out, then won by fall and decision.
Going 1-3 for the Hornets Saturday was Matt Scobee (106). Wagner Chapman (152), Caleb Stull (160), and Brent Schade (182) each were 1-4 and Lane Gaunt (145) 0-1.
The wrestling Hornets are in a quadrangular with Smithville, Cameron, and host St. Joseph: Benton tomorrow night.