CHS tops Brookfield, loses to Gallatin Thursday night; Adkins wins by fall twice, Minnick remains undefeated
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Their lineup still noticeably crimped by illness-related absences, the Chillicothe High School wrestling Hornets finally got a chance to perform at their Chillicothe Middle School fieldhouse home Thursday night.
With three normal members of their lineup missing, the Hornets (4-3) barely squeaked past Brookfield 34-24, needing to claim the last bout to secure the triumph, before falling to Gallatin 42-26 in a match decided with still four weight classes to go.
The non-availability of lightweights Colton Sewell, Elijah Reynolds, and Lavery Jones likely made a significant difference in both matches, since CHS didn’t have a suitable lineup replacement for any of them. As a result, the Hornets twice forfeited the 106-pounds bout where E. Reynolds has had some success and handed Gallatin six free points at 113 where Sewell usually very successfully competes (Brookfield also had no one at 113).
Had Jones been available, he could have picked up six gift points in each match as neither Brookfield nor Gallatin had a 126-pounder. If Sewell and E. Reynolds had been around, as well, there would have been multiple scenarios in which Chillicothe would have come out on top in the final team score, but it wasn’t to be.
Of the nine contested bouts (out of a possible 14) in the evening’s opener, head coach Chad Smith’s Chillicothe club bested Brookfield, under Smith’s CHS predecessor Drew Passley, in five.
Hornets 220-pounds senior Max Anderson took Lane Thudium in 1:54 and 170-pounder Dean Adkins III finished Carson Wilkerson in 4:41. Bryce Larson took the 138-pounds bout by an 11-2 decision over Cody Howerton, while Kayde Burton posted a 14-9 triumph over Brent Downey at 182 and Zach Blixt prevailed 5-2 over Wade Graves at 145.
Facing Gallatin, there again were nine actual bouts, but the home team captured only three.
Undefeated 132-pounder Chase Minnick stayed that way with a 12-0 major decision over Drayton Harris, Burton was a 16-3 major-decision conqueror of Dakota Martin and Adkins won by fall again, stopping Dalton Swalley at 1:16.
One wrestler from Tina-Avalon made the short trip north to get in a bout and made it worth his while.
Joe Johnson, competing at 120 pounds, bested Chillicothe’s Zack Boyles in 1:55.
Rounding out the night’s 3-1/2 hours of action, Gallatin built a big lead and held off fast-closing Brookfield by a few points.
Chillicothe’s next scheduled varsity wrestling action is Saturday’s tournament hosted by Kansas City: Center, a replacement for the pre-Christmas tournament at Moberly which was cancelled, due to icy roads. WIth the weather predictions what they are for this Saturday, it isn’t promising that the Hornets will get this action in either.