Takedown in first extra segment in his season debut provides match-win-clinching result for CHS in Jan. 10, 2019, double-dual against Brookfield. Hornets follow with triumph over Gallatin to improve their 2018-19 season record to 17-4
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Junior Isaih Kille made quite a dramatic entrance in his belated start to the 2018-19 Chillicothe (Mo.) HS wrestling Hornets season Thursday night, helping carry the Hornets to a 35-30 win over Brookfield and 42-25 triumph over Gallatin in a double-dual in the Chillicothe Middle School fieldhouse.
His football season this past fall crimped to an opening game in which he suffered a second-quarter knee injury and part-time action in two playoffs games at the end of the gridiron schedule, Kille was not used in competition during the 2018 portion of this winter’s wrestling schedule as he strengthed the knee and surrounding muscles and then polished his mat skills.
Finally, on Thursday, after getting in 11 varsity bouts as a sophomore last winter, he was deemed ready for competition this season in the Hornets’ second of four home appearances for the CHS grapplers.
He immediately made his presence known.
With CHS and Brookfield, guided by former CHS coach Drew Passley, locked in a close match that featured mostly close decision outcomes, Kille and BHS’s Jordan Weydert engaged in a 195-pounds weight-class bout that epitomized the match.
The only scoring either did during six minutes of regulation time was escaping from the other after beginning either the second or third period in the “down” or defensive position. As a result, overtime was necessitated.
In the sudden-victory format of the 1-minute first OT segment, Weydert pressed forward as the two leaned their heads in against the other’s or on a shoulder, trying to find some sort of grip on his CHS foe, who expended little effort trying to gain any advantage while mostly letting himself be backed up for 20, then 30 seconds.
With those who knew it was Kille’s first bout of the season, the sense was his lack of “match conditioning” might have him too tired to try to score.
Whether fatigue was a factor or not, the Chillicothe 11th grader eventually showed he was not totally out of gas, but had been conserving his remaining energy for an opportune moment to expend it. That “right time” came about 40 seconds into the extra half-period.
As Weydert continued coming forward, his arms extended and draped across the back of Kille’s shoulders as he tried to gain some type of grip he could leverage into a takedown attempt, the Hornet suddenly twisted to his left, using both hands to grab Weydert’s right arm while raising his head and torso.
That allowed Kille to yank the Bulldog’s arm forward and down, pulling him enough off-balance for the side-stepping Hornet to use his quickness to circle around the foe with a quick jump and grab Weydert from behind. That constituted gaining control of the opponent, the criteria for being awarded two takedown points that made Kille a 3-1 sudden-victory winner of the bout.
Not only was the finish sudden and dramatic, but pivotal and decisive, as well.
With Brookfield not having an entry for two of the remaining three bouts (220 and 106 pounds) and thus about to hand Chillicothe 12 free points, Kille’s OT win effectively gave CHS an insurmountable lead, even though, on the scoreboard at the time, it technically only trimmed BHS’ lead to 27-23.
Once Kille got his win, the result of the last contested bout – at 285 pounds – became moot, from the team-result standpoint. Even had BHS’ Brooks Baker won by pin over Chillicothe’s Keegan Valdez, instead of the action-less 1-0 decision Baker posted, the Hornets still would have won 35-33, rather than 35-30.
Had Weydert been able to produce the overtime win, however, Valdez would have needed to prevail for the hosts to avoid at least a 33-32 loss.
Once Chillicothe had shaded the Brookfield squad still coached by former CHS head coach Drew Passley, it had about an hour’s break before taking on and defeating Gallatin 42-25. Gallatin, like Brookfield, wrestles in state classification one, while Chillicothe is a Class 2 wrestling school.
As in the Brookfield battle, CHS’ dual against Gallatin’s Bulldogs saw more of the 10 contested bouts decided by simple decisions than by fall.
In contrast to the Chillicothe-Brookfield clash, however, forfeit points did not impact the outcome. Both CHS and Gallatin had two “open” weight classes (no wrestler), so their 12 “free” points were a wash. Against Brookfield, on the other hand, the Hornets benefitted from an 18-6 advantage in forfeit points, more than providing their margin of victory.
After going extra time to win his 2018-19 debut against Weydert, Kille came back after the break (while Gallatin and Brookfield were facing off) to not even need a full period (1:51) to earn a win by fall against Gallatin’s Justice Fry.
That was one of only four CHS-GHS bouts than ended in pins, three of which belonged to Hornets. Valdez finished his heavyweight foe in 1:35 and Dawson Wheeler, at 152, won in 1:30.
Gallatin’s Graydee Rains topped Hornet Matt Callen in 54 seconds in Chillicothe’s shortest bout of the night.
Winning decisions for the Hornets against Gallatin were Aidan Zimmerman (6-4 score) at 113 pounds, Connor Keithley (5-1) at 126, Colten Sewell (10-8) at 138, and Jake Chapman (11-7) at 145.
In CHS’ opening dual of the evening, in addition to Kille’s conquest, Wheeler won the Hornets’ lone fall in 1:18. Keithley dominated his opponent to the tune of a 16-1 technical fall that ended the bout eight seconds early and, at 160, Kaleb Mullkin outdueled Derek Liebhart in a back-and-forth battle, 12-10.
Chillicothe walkover wins on the night went to Sewell, Cameron Dush at 220, and Spencer Cairns at 106 in the Brookfield match and Lavery Jones at 132 and Donald McCracken at 182 against Gallatin.
Overall, Wheeler, Keithley, and Kille were the only CHS wrestlers to win two contested bouts on the evening, junior Wheeler’s both coming on first-period pins.
Both Chillicothe and Brookfield have some girls involved in the sport this season, the first of girls’-only teams being sanctioned by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. However, there were only two weight classes in which both schools had a representative.
Brookfield took both contested bouts. At 167 pounds, its Fallon Gladbach pinned Lady Hornet Madisen Hays at 2:36. At 187, Alexa McCollum of BHS stopped Chillicothe’s Jordan Hicks after 68 seconds.
WInning by forfeit for Chillicothe were Abigail Clements at 110 pounds, Karyna Ireland at 126, Jaden Murphey at 143, and Summer Drake at 152. Their six team points each wound up giving CHS a 24-18 team victory over Brookfield.
Now 17-4 in dual matches on the season, Chillicothe, in a late schedule change, will compete Saturday, weather and travel conditions permitting, in the 16-teams (including three junior-varsity squads) Western Missouri Tournament. The 23rd-annual tournament is hosted by Kansas City’s Center High School and will start competition at 8:30 a.m., if it takes place. This will be an individuals-only format tournament; no team scores will be generated.