Big gaps in Carrollton, Richmond lineups pave way for lopsided Hornets wins

RICHMOND, Mo. — Competitors were in surprisingly-short supply – at least from two of the participants – Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, when the Chillicothe, Richmond, and Carrollton high school wrestling teams convened at Richmond for a triple-dual – each squad taking on the others, round-robin, in dual-match action.
What could – and should – have been a lengthy evening of mat competition ended up wrapping up relatively early when Carrollton and Richmond both had only about half a lineup, a situation which resulted in full-rostered Chillicothe posting lopsided team wins against both.
Receiving eight wins by forfeit when Carrollton was “open” from 113 to 132 pounds and from 182-285, Chillicothe posted a 62-15 triumph over the Trojans, even though the six contested bouts were evenly split.
Richmond had one more spot in its lineup filled than did Carrollton, but that still meant Chillicothe’s Hornets could have lost every contested bout by fall or technical fall and still have been tied on the scoreboard at 42-42. When three Hornets did prevail, it added up to a 56-21 Chillicothe conquest.
The pair of match triumphs boosted the Hornets’ season dual-matches record to 12-3 entering tonight’s tough pair of matches at Brookfield against Bulldogs from Gallatin and the host school.
This evening’s competition at Brookfield is due to start at 5:30 p.m., but the first match might well be the Gallatin-Brookfield battle with Chillicothe’s action to follow. All three squads are likely to be more or less fully-staffed.
At Richmond Tuesday, of the 13 wrestled bouts, Chillicothe’s six victories came from six separate sources, half of which gained a forfeit victory in the other match.
Against Carrollton, 106-pounds freshman Sheldon Rader posted an 13-2 major decision before losing by fall against a Richmond opponent.
Chillicothe junior 138-pounder Lavery Jones produced the Hornets’ only win by fall of the match when he stuck his Trojans counterpart at 1:13. Like Rader, Jones was bested by his Richmond foe by fall in his second bout.
The Hornets’ other actual triumph in the Carrollton match was generated by 170-pounds sophomore Isaac Washburn. As Rader did, he built a big lead and, at the final whistle, had a major-decision victory, 11-2. Unlike Rader or Jones, Washburn did not have a counterpart in the Richmond lineup, so he picked up a second “W” on the night with no effort.
Facing Richmond, Chillicothe actually fell behind 15-0 as – with the action beginning with the 120-pounds weight division – the hosts won twice by fall and once by a decision.
That decision was a 10-5 victory for 2017 Class 1 state runnerup Rance Waigand over Chillicothe Class 2 state medalist Colton Sewell at 126 pounds.
Once those first three bouts were wrestled, the action fairly flew along.
Following a forfeit win for CHS’ Daniel Hoel at 138, the Hornets’ team victory became a certainty when sophomore 145-pounder Kaleb Mullikin bounced back from his first-period loss by fall against Carrollton with a quick 32-seconds pin.
The next action was at 195 pounds, where Hornet Matt Callen, foe-free against Carrollton, posted a 12-3 major decision for his second win of the night.
Following Richmond’s triumph at 106, Chillicothe freshman Kadan Akers concluded the Hornets’ night with an 11-2 major decision at 113 pounds.
With a win each Tuesday night, Washburn and Sewell joined senior Kayde Burton and frosh Connor Keithley in the “20-wins club” already this season. Burton leads with 23.