By a second, Hornets senior finished St. Joseph: Lafayette opponent faster than any varsity Hornet ever before had won. Colton Sewell won three contested bouts as CHS moved duals record to 15-4 heading into Saturday's MEC tourney
SAVANNAH, Mo. — Highlighted by the fastest win ever by a Chillicothe High School wrestler – Kayde Burton’s 6-seconds pin of a St. Joseph: Lafayette foe – and three contested wins by CHS’ other returning 2017 state-medal winner, CHS’ Hornets had a quick night of action Thursday despite having three dual matches.
Fully one-third of the Hornets’ 42 possible bouts – the equivalent of one full dual – went unwrestled as Chillicothe boosted its 2017-18 dual-matches record to 15-4 with dominating victories of Lafayette, Savannah, and South Harrison. CHS pulverized Lafayette 78-6, claiming 10 bouts by fall and three by forfeit; bested Savannah 52-24, aided by four more SHS “open” weights; and crushed South Harrison – a substitute for originally-slated Lee’s Summit: Summit Christian Academy – 66-6, while getting 42 free points.
The more-limited-than-expected evening might translate into a blessing for Chillicothe’s wrestlers physically, leaving them more-rested and perhaps fresher for Saturday’s 2018 Midland Empire Conference Championships tournament at Maryville. The Jan. 20 tourney will find the Hornets seeking to improve on a fourth-place finish in the 2017 conference event.
Burton, last year’s third-place finisher at 182, will enter Saturday’s MEC tourney among the favorites and perhaps the favorite in, presumably, the 182-pounds weight class.
Chillicothe had one league champion last year, eventual 132-pounds state champion Chase Minnick.
Burton began Thursday’s dress rehearsal for conference by zipping in at Lafayette’s Brandon Owens at the starting whistle, taking him down and to his back, and zapping him for a pin after only six ticks of the clock.
The eyeblink time bested by a second the quickest previous ending of a varsity bout by a Hornet of any weight. In 2014-15, CHS’ Vinson Moore topped a Hamilton foe in a 220-pounds bout in only seven seconds, one second faster than Jeremy Yuille had won a 145-pounds bout in 1992-93 as the prior CHS record for fastest finish.
Burton’s Thursday triumph over the Irish grappler matched the overall quickest win by a Hornet, tying Lambert Eller’s 2008-09 junior-varsity-level pin.
It also eclipsed by a significant margin the Chillicothe standard for fastest victory at the 182-pounds level or its prior equivalent. Accordng to team records tracked by CHS coaches through the years, the prior Hornets mark for a winning pin by a competitor in the 175- to 182-pounds class range had been by Tom Schnittker in 1981-82, when he won in 17 seconds. That was the “slowest” early end by a Hornet in any of the 15 weight classes listed. Now, the “slowest” is 15 seconds in the 125-126 class, a mark set by Ronnie Cairns, also in 1981-82.
Overall Thursday at Savannah, CHS had half of its roster earn or gain three wins, although only one had an opponent each dual.
That was Colton Sewell, Class 2 fourth-place state finisher at 103 pounds last Feburary. He stuck his 126-pounds Lafayette foe in 1:25, finished off Savannah’s competitor in 2:41, and pinned his 132-pounds South Harrison opponent at 3:12.
Picking up two contested triumphs and a forfeit win Thursday, in addition to Burton, were Sheldon Rader, Zack Boyles, Erek Brose, and Lavery Jones.
Jones, at 132, pinned his Savannah opponent in the second period and, at 138, gained a 5-0 decision in the South Harrison match.
Rader, at 106, pinned his LHS foe with only four seconds remaining in the bout and decisioned South Harrison’s lightweight.
Brose pinned Savannah’s 195-pounder in the first minute after finishing Lafayette’s in the middle of the second period.
Boyles, like Brose and Burton a senior, bested his Lafayette and SHHS opponents in the second period. His first two bouts were at 120 pounds and the last at 126.
At 220 pounds, sophomore Matt Callen’s only action saw him finish his LHS counterpart in the second period before getting two forfeits. The same held true for 285-pounder Keegan Valdez, who topped his Lafayette opponent inside of 75 seconds.
Another Chillicothe 2-times winner in contested bouts was 145-pounds sophomore Dawson Wheeler. He won by fall and by decision, while also losing a decision.
Winning once over an actual foe and once by walkover were Hornets senior Aidriaan Carden at 170 pounds, who won by fall in a mere 34 seconds against Lafayette; freshman Donald McCracken at 160, who won by pin against LHS’ Fighting Irish; and freshman Connor Keithley at 113, who earned an 11-0 major decision against Savannah. Keithley’s only loss came when he wrestled “up” at 120 and lost to his South Harrison opponent by fall in the last half-minute.
Finishing the night with one contested victory was 152-pounds Hornet Kaleb Mullikin. After losing twice, he posted a 7-0 win in the South Harrison match.
Also competing for CHS Thursday were Kadan Akers, who was in the lineup only for the SHHS match and had no opposition at 113 there, and Donald Hoel, his fellow frosh, who won by forfeit and lost by fall at 138.