KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Freshman Chase Shiltz and senior Trevor Frain secured top-eight finishes in one of the nation’s top high school wrestling tournaments Saturday.
Shiltz finished seventh at 145 pounds and Frain was eighth at 170. As a team, the Panthers scored 180 points to finish 29th among 39 teams. Through Friday’s action, Creston/O-M was 18th, but lost some second-day scoring punch with three injuries leading to a series of forfeits.
Gavin Leith (152 pounds) suffered a separated shoulder, Kruz Adamson (113) sustained a concussion in a win by (slam) disqualification Friday and Tayler Pettit was unable to continue Saturday with a severe ankle sprain.
5 in top 16
The Panthers had a total of five wrestlers in the round of 16 gold bracket. Adam Baker finished 11th at 182 pounds, while Pettit and Leith were each 16th. Although they didn’t place in the top 16, Spencer Wray and Joey Huntington each won three matches.
The Kansas City Stampede is a two-day tournament at Hale Arena at the American Royal Center.
Oklahoma teams dominated the top 10, but Archer High School of Lawrenceville, Ga., claimed the championship with 557.5 points. The rest of the top 10 was Stillwater, Okla., Tuttle, Okla., Bettendorf (Iowa), Edmond (Okla.) North, Collinsville, Okla., Perry, Okla., Timberland, Mo., and Sand Springs, Okla.
This year’s tournament consisted of 39 teams from 12 states. It was ranked the No. 8 high school tournament by themat.com. There were 27 returning All-American wrestlers in the field, along with 46 reigning high school individual and 16 team champions.
Shiltz’s finish was similar to Jake Marlin’s freshman year in the event, Panther coach Darrell Frain said, referring to the four-time state champion now on the University of Iowa wrestling team.
Shiltz went 3-1 in his pool, winning by two falls and a bye before losing a 5-3 decision. In the championship bracket he was derailed by Bettendorf’s Logan Ryan, the nation’s 16th-ranked wrestler who has committed to Iowa. The final score was 7-5 as Ryan controlled the early action, and Shiltz closed strong with a late takedown.
“Chase stayed in it against a highly-ranked national kid,” Frain said. “I felt pretty good about how he was doing. His loss in the consolation was a clash in styles. The kid slowed us down a little bit.”
Shiltz rebounded to win his match for seventh by fall in 2:14.
Trevor Frain placed fifth a year ago and had higher hopes as a senior. He seemed on track with a dominating start, winning his first four matches by first-period falls.
Frain started the championship bracket Saturday with another pin, and then lost 7-0 to Nathan Marek of Southmoore High School of Moore, Okla., who has been ranked 13th at 182 pounds nationally.
“He’s legit,” coach Frain said. “He’s committed to Oklahoma. It was 0-0 most of the first period before he got a late takedown on us.”
For a moment, it appeared Frain would match Shiltz with a seventh-place finish. Wrestling Nick Hollins of Omaha Skutt, who Frain beat 1-0 last year, the Panther senior took Hollins to his back off the initial takedown.
“The kid did a high bridge and rolled through and pinned us,” Frain said. “I know he felt he was good enough to finish in the top four, but it just didn’t work out.”
Frain was excited about Baker’s 5-3 tournament at 182. He won his pool with four straight wins, then lost a 3-0 decision in the championship bracket to Eric Quador of Staley, Mo. He went 2-2 in consolation matches, taking the 11th-place match by fall in 1:12 against Joseph Hutchison of Collins Hill, Ga.
“Baker had a great tournament,” Frain said. “I was impressed with how he was winning the good, close matches against good people. It was a loaded weight class. The No. 1 kid is going to Penn State, the No. 3 kid is going to Illinois, and another one is going to Oklahoma. Adam competed really hard in that division.”
He praised Wray and Huntington for going 3-3 in tough brackets and barely falling short of the gold (top 16) bracket. Likewise, in a 2-3 tournament, Seth Maitlen was leading in all three of his losses before losing by fall at 195. And, freshman Kadon Hulett went 2-3 at 220, winning a 15-14 decision in a wild consolation match to close out the tournament.
(Hulett and several others were unable to wrestle their final consolation placing match as tournament officials attempted to hurry through the tournament because of the impending severe weather. Frain said the trip home took 4 1/2 hours through freezing rain and snow.)
Also, new Panther heavyweight Jake Gutschenritter won two matches to provide six team points.
Now, Frain said it’s a matter of building on the experience of the weekend and balancing the injury issues in time for an important upcoming week.
“When we come back we have Lewis Central and Kuemper (at Carroll) on Tuesday (Jan. 7) and Harlan (Jan. 9) at home on Thursday, before our tournament,” Frain said. “We’ll just have to try to get ready and see how it goes with everyone.”
Kansas City Stampede
Team leaders — 1. Archer, Ga. 557.5; 2. Stillwater, Okla. 497.5; 3. Tuttle, Okla. 444; 4. Edmond North, Okla. 406; 5. Bettendorf 401.5; 6. Perry, Okla. 360.5; 7. Collinsville, Okla. 356.5; 8. Timberland, Mo. 331; 9. Sand Springs, Okla. 304.5; 10. Neosho, Mo., 300. Also, 15. Omaha Skutt 266.5; 29. Creston/Orient-Macksburg 180; 34. West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 134.
Finals — Matthew Schmitt, Platte City, Mo. dec. Vinny Artigues, Archer, Ga., 8-2.
Creston/O-M — Trevor Marlin (0-4) did not place. Dakota Taylor (Arkansas City) pinned Marlin, 2:51; Matthew Schmitt (Platte County) pinned Marlin, 1:00; Bradley Harman (Farmington) major dec. Marlin, 8-0; Cody Randall (Sand Springs) pinned Marlin, 1:35.
Finals — Dalton Fix, Sand Springs, Okla. dec. Christian Moody, Collinsville, Okla., 6-1.
Creston/O-M — Kruz Adamson (1-3) injured and did not place. Gio Fernandez (Archer) dec. Adamson, 11-6; Adamson won by disqualification (slam) over Howard Smith (Allen); Max Yeargin (Timberland) by forfeit over Adamson; Garrett Rowe (Choctaw) by forfeit over Adamson.
Finals — Sean Russell, Collins Hill, Ga. tech fall Isaiah Johnson, Waynesville, Mo., 23-8 (5:08.
Creston/O-M —Wyatt Thompson (2-4) placed 28th. Thompson dec. Max Goode (St. James Academy), 5-4; Devan Richter (Timberland) pinned Thompson, :52; Naseeph Al-Roubaie (Nixa) major dec. Thompson, 12-4; Beau Guffey (Tuttle) pinned Thompson, 2:54; Alex Standridge (Archer) pinned Thompson, 1:24; Thompson pinned Aaron Borden (Kearney), :50; Trey Smith (Neosho) and Thompson did not finish.
Finals — Ke-Shawn Hayes, Park Hill, Mo. dec. Ryan Millhof, Collins Hill, Ga., 4-3.
Creston/O-M — Alex Fargo (2-3) placed 28th. Fargo received bye; Cody Karstetter (Sand Springs) pinned Fargo, 2:16; Fargo pinned Keith Enney (Ralston Valley), 3:07; Marco Perez (Arkansas City) pinned Fargo, 1:32; Curt Randall (Omaha Skutt) pinned Fargo, 1:30; Fargo by forfeit over Ryan Butler (Ponca City); Fargo and Isaac Dennis (Excelsior Springs) did not finish.
Finals — Williams Erneste, Park Hill, Mo., dec. Kaid Brock, Stillwater, Okla., 12-6.
Creston/O-M — Spencer Wray (3-3) placed 28th. Wray pinned Jacob Estaban (Staley), :19; Kaid Brock (Stillwater) tech. fall Wray, 17-2 (5:00); Wray dec. Gavin Londoff (Holt), 9-6; Frank Deloa (Omaha Skutt) tech. fall Wray, 21-4 (6:00); Wray by forfeit over Dakota McGarrah (Collinsville); Jaden Hunter (Thompson) dec. Wray, 5-0; Rafael Roman (Granite City) and Wray did not finish.
Finals — Fredy Stroker, Bettendorf dec. Gary Way Harding, Collinsville, Okla., 7-5.
Creston/O-M — Joey Huntington (3-3) placed 28th. Nicky Greco (Farmington) pinned Huntington, 1:53; Huntington dec. Darrian Mack (Southmoore), 9-3; Tristan Moran (Stillwater) pinned Huntington, 1:01; Huntington dec. Ben Safford (Park Hill), 2-0; Huntington major dec. Ben Daly (Holt), 8-0; Dylan Wood (Ralston Valley) pinned Huntington, 3:30; Huntington and Caelan Locke (Canyon Randall), did not finish.
Finals — Grant Leeth, Kearney, Mo. dec. Logan Ryan, Bettendorf, 5-2.
Creston/O-M — Chase Shiltz (5-3) placed seventh. Shiltz pinned Chase Lane (Stillwater), :54; Shiltz pinned AJ Edwards (Excelsior Springs), :55; Shiltz received bye; Brock Wingbermuehle (Seckman) dec. Shiltz, 6-2; Logan Ryan (Bettendorf) dec. Shiltz, 7-5; Shiltz dec. Johnny Blakenship (Platte County), 4-3; Shiltz dec. Cameron White (Nixa), 9-3; Andrew Tujague (St. James Academy) dec. Shiltz, 5-4; Shiltz pinned Brewer Gilliland (Thompson), 2:14, for seventh place.
Finals — Joseph Smith, Stillwater, Okla., major dec. Dakota Head, Tuttle, Okla., 16-6.
Creston/O-M — Gavin Leith (2-5) injured and placed 16th. Leith received bye; Leith pinned Andrew Borden (Kearney), 3:47; Leith by forfeit over Zachary Jennings (Timberland); Dakota Head (Tuttle) pinned Leith, 1:52; Joseph Smith (Stillwater) by forfeit over Leith; Kendall Biddle (Arkansas City) by forfeit over Leith; Ty Jackson (Southmoore) by forfeit over Leith; Chance Branstetter (Neosho) by forfeit over Leith for 15th place.
Finals — Daniel Lewis, Blue Springs, Mo., tech fall Daniel Bullard, Archer, Ga., 17-0 (4:00).
Creston/O-M — Tayler Pettit (3-5) placed 16th. Pettit dec. Braxxtin Todd (Excelsior Springs), 2-1 double overtime; Pettit pinned Zachary Parker (Collins Hill), 2:54; Zach Walton (Edmond North) pinned Pettit, 2:20; Pettit pinned Sean Lenihan (CBC), 2:24; Isaiah Patton (Dowling) pinned Pettit, 3:27; David Hawk (Waynesville) by forfeit over Pettit; Alex Thelin (Choctaw) by forfeit over Pettit; Chad Lowe (Seckman) by forfeit over Pettit for 15th place.
Finals — Chandler Rogers, Stillwater, Okla., major dec. Lance Dixon, Edmond North, Okla., 13-5.
Creston/O-M — Trevor Frain (6-3) placed eighth. Frain pinned Andres Parra (Collins Hill), 1:34; Frain pinned Trace Fleischman (Sand Springs), :29; Frain pinned Dmitry Espinoza (Granite City), :59; Frain pinned Brandon Seely (Staley), 1:07; Frain pinned Cee Monsivais (Holt), 3:06; Nathan Marek (Southmoore) dec. Frain, 7-0; Frain pinned Dalton Brinegar (Oak Grove), 2:41; Tracey Eitel (Allen) dec. Frain, 7-3; Nick Hollins (Omaha Skutt) pinned Frain, 2:50, to place seventh.
Finals — Bo Nickel, Allen, Texas dec. Michael Pixley, Blue Springs, Mo., 3-2.
Creston/O-M — Adam Baker (5-3) placed 11th. Baker dec. Dillon Buck (Perry), 6-0; Baker received bye; Baker pinned Brandon McKinney (Excelsior Springs), 1:52; Baker dec. Hunter Sadler (Waynesville), 6-4; Eric Quador (Staley) dec. Baker, 3-0; Baker dec. Brandon Moerlien (Granite City), 7-2; Zachary Moore (Southmoore) pinned Baker, 4:09; Andrew Krause (Seckman) dec. Baker, 2-1; Baker pinned Joseph Hutchison (Collins Hill), 1:12, to place 11th.
Finals — Derek White, Edmond North, Okla. vs. Beau Henson, Canyon Randall, Texas (not wrestled).
Creston/O-M — Seth Maitlen (2-3) placed 28th. Maitlen received bye; Andrew Brummage (Chotaw) pinned Maitlen, 1:43; Maitlen pinned Jacob Schaffner (Allen), 1:25; Preston Airington (Oak Grove) pinned Maitlen, 1:38; Preston Airington (Oak Grove) pinned Maitlen, 1:38; Maitlen pinned Alexander Chivetta (Holt), 5:31; Jakobe Walker (Southmoore) pinned Maitlen, 2:52; Alexander Steger (Ponca City) and Maitlen did not finish.
Finals — Kyler Childers, Sand Springs, Okla. vs. Andrew Dixon, Edmond North, Okla., (not wrestled).
Creston/O-M — Kadon Hulett (2-3) placed 28th. Jordon Kimbrell (Ponca City) pinned Hulett, :44; Hulett pinned Justin Berry (Thompson), 2:19; Huilett received bye; Brad Jones (Holt) decisioned Hulett, 4-3; Logan Shinneman (Staley) pinned Hulett, 1:09; Hulett dec. Patrick Bryan (Allen), 15-14; Caden Reimers (Omaha Skutt) and Hulett did not finish.
Finals — Bailey Sutko, Staley, Mo., dec. MJ Couzan, Archer, Ga., 4-3.
Creston/O-M — Jake Gutschenritter (2-4) placed 32nd. Gutschenritter pinned Will Patton (Canyon Randall), 2:39; Bailey Sutko pinned Gutschenritter, 2:26; James Brower (Stillwater) pinned Gutschenritter, :42; Gutschenritter dec. Nathaniel Wellington (Collins Hill), 7-0; Gerald Harris (Holt) pinned Gutschenritter, 3:30; Brett Bridges (Ponca City) pinned Gutschenritter, 5:35; Dillon Grimme (Kearney) and Gutschenritter did not finish.