No. 16 Tuttle won its fourth consecutive Kansas City Stampede title (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
Champions came from five states and ten schools, but when all was said and done, No. 16 Tuttle (Okla.) stood on top of the 40-team field at this weekend's Kansas City (Mo.) Stampede with 686 points. The Tigers were one of two teams to crown three champions in the tournament. Earning titles were Junior National freestyle All-American Ryder Ramsey (132), No. 2 Dustin Plott (170), and 2017 state champion Carson Berryhill (195).
Plott earned Outstanding Wrestler honors with his performance this weekend. He advanced from pool action on Friday with a pair of first period pins in as many matches. Another pair of first period pins early on Saturday propelled him to the semifinal round, where it was a 3-0 victory over No. 10 Grayden Penner (Liberty, Mo.). Then on Saturday night, it was a 3-1 victory over No. 7 Troy Fisher (Goddard, Kansas), who had beaten No. 5 Mason Reiniche (Baylor Schoo, Tenn.) 5-3 in overtime in his semifinal bout.
Three additional Tuttle wrestlers finished in the top three, No. 16 Luke Surber (152) was second, while Garrett Steidley (120) and Brody DeArmond (145) finished third. Additional top nine placers for the Tigers were a pair in fifth with single wrestlers taking sixth, seventh, and ninth.
Also having three individual champions was Buford (Ga.), which finished seventh with 383 points. Those titles were won in consecutive weight classes by Nick Stonecheck (145), Charlie Darracott (152), and Blaine Bergey (160); Darracott beat No. 16 Surber 4-2 in his championship bout.
Runner-up team honors in the tournament went to No. 38 Liberty (Mo.), a fast emerging squad in the first month of the 2018-19 season. The Blue Jays beat two previously ranked teams to win the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Wrestling Classic two weekends ago, and then beat No. 14 Park Hill (Mo.) 31-29 in a Thursday night dual meet though they only won six bouts.
The lone champion for Liberty on their way to 619.5 points was No. 17 (at 120) Jeremiah Reno in the 113 pound weight class. Their next highest placer was Easton Hilton (106), who took third, while four wrestlers earned fourth. Four additional wrestlers placed in the top eight, single wrestlers in sixth and seventh, with a pair taking eighth.
Third place in the standings went to No. 14 Park Hill (Mo.) with 449.5 points, and the Trojans were led by No. 4 Devin Winston (182), who beat No. 15 Rocky Elam (Staley, Mo.) 2-1 in the tiebreaker in his championship bout. Five other wrestlers placed in the top six for Park Hill, a single wrestler each taking second through sixth.
The other nationally ranked team in the field, No. 39 Goddard (Kansas) finished in fourth with 420 points, led by a pair of runners-up in Jason Henschel (113) and No. 7 Troy Fisher (170); Henschel upset No. 20 Logan Ashton (Buford, Ga.) 3-0 in the semifinal round. Goddard added single wrestlers in third, fourth, seventh, and ninth.
Additional weight class champions were No. 6 Jordan Williams (Collinsville, Okla.) at 106 pounds, Kyler Brewer (Staley, Mo.) at 120, No. 7 Kai Orine (Seckman, Mo.) at 126, Gabe Hixenbaugh (Thompson, Ala.) at 138, Cade Lautt (St. James Academy, Kansas) at 220, and Teaguen Wilson (Perry, Okla.) at 285.