TRENTON » After equaling – albeit with a significantly-expanded schedule – the program’s 29-years-old record for most dual-match victories in a season last year, the Chillicothe High School wrestling Hornets of 2012-13 tied it again last night with a 48-24 win at Trenton and will have a chance to break it at home tomorrow night.
This year’s grappling Hornets will enter their final regular-season appearance at the Chillicothe Middle School fieldhouse – a double-dual against Lawson and Lathrop – with a 15-8 won-lost record in their first season under Drew Passley’s guidance. That ties the team record for dual wins in a season, set by the Doug Long-coached 1982-83 squad which lost only once – CHS’ best-ever season in wins or winning percentage – and matched last year in ailing Dave Kinen’s final year at the helm, when they ended 15-12.
Should the Hornets be unable to vanquish either Lawson or Lathrop tomorrow (5:30 p.m. start for the Lawson-Lathrop dual), they’ll have two more shots at the record-breaker next Monday when they meet Centralia and Marceline at Marceline.
Last night at Trenton, only nine of 14 possible bouts were staged, due to one Chillicothe “open” weight (112 pounds) and four for the Bulldogs (106, 120, 195, 220). Of those nine, the guest Hornets had a 24-18 advantage to earn the victory either way you look at it.
The tightest bout was at 145 pounds, where CHS freshman Cuba Wagner Chapman got a takedown in overtime to defeat Travis Leeper 3-1.
Another close battle occurred at 126 where newly-minted Midland Empire Conference champion Thaddeus Rinehart of the Hornets shaded Wynn Devorss 4-2.
Two other bouts ended in decisions – one a major, both taken by Trenton at 160 and 170.
However, Chillicothe offset that, within the contested bouts context, with wins by fall by Chance Holcer (285 pounds), Matt Shaffer (138), and MEC champ Aaron Baker (132).