Wrestling Hornets lost to Richmond 42-30, edged host Carrollton 37-36 on tiebreaker; Minnick stays undefeated

CARROLLTON,  Mo. — By the margin of a tiebreaker, the undermanned (due to illness) Chillicothe High School wrestling Hornets split their double-dual action against Richmond and Carrollton Tuesday night.
In their first dual matches in virtually a month (since Dec. 13), the Hornets lost to Richmond 42-30 before nipping Carrollton’s Trojans 37-36 on the “criteria” tiebreaker, which likely was that Chillicothe had more total wins 6-5) by fall or forfeit.
With the split, Chillicothe’s duals record stands at 3-2 heading into Thursday’s much-belated home debut. The Hornets will welcome Gallatin and Brookfield to the Chillicothe Middle School fieldhouse Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday at Carrollton, Hornets senior 132-pound wrestler Chase Minnick had an opponent in both duals and defeated both to remain unbeaten on the 2016-17 season at 16-0. He decisioned Dylan Caldwell of Richmond 8-3 before pinning Andrew Hughes of Carrollton one second before the end of the first 2-minutes period.
Two other Chillicothe grapplers claimed a pair of contested victories, too.
At 220 pounds, senior Max Anderson shaded RHS’ Bo Huffman 3-1 with a takedown in the first overtime period. Against Carrollton, the Hornet won by fall over Hayden Kilson at 3:53.
At the other end of the size spectrum, freshman Colton Sewell prevailed over Carrollton 113-pounder Orin Birdno in a half-minute after besting Mason Hutchings of Richmond in 1:01 in a 106-pounds bout.
Chillicothe head coach Chad Smith used 2016 state medalist Dean Adkins III only in the Carrollton match, due to Adkins’ not feeling altogether well. The senior used 61 seconds to finish Hunter Johnson in the 160-pounds weight class.
Had Adkins been up to par and/or lineup standouts Kayde Burton and Lavery Jones not been absent, due to illness, the Hornets might well have reversed the outcome of the Richmond match. Also missing the evening's action for CHillicothe was Elijah Reynolds, coach Smith reports.
All of Chillicothe’s other bout victories were by forfeit.
Against Richmond, the Hornets went open at 160, as well as at 113 and 126 pounds; Richmond also was open at 113, along with 182.
Against Carrollton, Chillicothe had the 106- and 126-pounds classes vacant, while the Trojans had no one at 106, 120, and 195.