Lebanon outlasts Jeff City in first dual

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Lebanon senior Race Cottongim (top) looks to pin Mathias Wieberg (bottom)of Jefferson City in the 285 pound weight class on Tuesday night. The ‘Jackets defeated the ‘Jays by a score of 49-21.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

In a highly anticipated match between two talented high school wrestling teams, the Lebanon Yellowjackets came out on top over the Jefferson City Jays, winning 49-21 on Tuesday night at Dr. Tom Luthy Fieldhouse to improve to 1-0 on the season.

The matchup of the night came in the 152 pound weight class with junior Trevor Christian (ranked No. 1 at 152) squaring off against Will Kuster (ranked No. 3 at 138, according to MissouriWrestling).

With Christian controlling most of the match and Kuster trailing by three points late in the third period, he was able to escape and perform a takedown with just seconds remaining to force overtime.

In the first overtime it was Christian scoring first with a reversal move to go up by two points, but with eight seconds left in the match, Kuster performed a reversal of his own, taking it to double overtime where Christian would allow an escape to Kuster and come up just short.

“Solid performance against Jefferson City,” head coach Randy Roark said. “Trevor lost a tough one to their best kid. Only getting him for a week really hurt his lungs.

“Our football program’s success keep the wrestlers out at the beginning of our season. That is when we try to get them in shape. That is a good problem to have though.”

Luckily, a plethora of Yellowjackets were able to pull off much-needed wins over tough opponents with  pins from sophomore Cole Patten (120) over Christian Strope, junior Cole Roark (132) over Albert Noaman, senior Reagan Mowery (138) pinned Michael Friedrich in the first period, senior Caleb Shields (160) over Gabe Zimmerman in the second period, sophomore Colt Adkins (170) stuck Dawson Prenger late in the second period, and senior Race Cottongim (285) pinned Mathias Wieberg.

“Reagan Mowery wrestled well,” Roark mentioned. “His kid was a USA state runner up last year. Colt Adkins came through with a pin against a tough kid.”

Also winning for Lebanon was freshman Josiah Perryman (106) via tech fall over Anakin Gray, senior Hunter Lewis (126) via tech fall over Hunter Walling, and sophomore Jake Henson (182) winning 10-4 over Brant Aulbur.

The junior varsity was also victorious on Tuesday night over Jefferson City, 39-30.

Winners for the JV included, Kaden Hooper (106), Austin Johnson (120), Cael Schmitz (126), Hayden Dearborn (138), Elijah Arl (145), Kaden Brown (195), Kael Ruble (220), and Garrett Childers (285).

On Thursday, Lebanon moved to 3-0 on the short season by defeating the Kickapoo Chiefs 78-0, and the Bolivar Liberators, 59-10 at home.

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