Mehlville wrestlers gain experience at state

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Mehlville Senior High School trio of Jimmy Brockman, John Cavaness and Jacob Jones may have not placed at the Missouri Class 4 State Wrestling Championships last weekend, but their experiences in Columbia should serve as a good foundation for the future, according to head coach Mike Ghormley.

“We had a good effort out of all of our guys,” Ghormley said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more out of them as a coach.”

Brockman opened the first round at 103 pounds with a 9-0 loss to Alex Keith of William Chrisman.

But the sophomore grappler bounced back in the first round of wrestlebacks with a 7-2 decision over Nick Fiquette of Pattonville.

However, Brockman defaulted to Greg Hegarty of Blue Springs due to back pain in his 2nd match of wrestlebacks.

“I think that getting that win at state really builds confidence for Jimmy,” Ghormley said. “It was unfortunate that he ended up having to default.”

Jones also was successful in the first round at 215 pounds with a 3-1 decision over Dylan Case of Lee’s Summit. But the senior took a fall to Hazelwood Central’s Julian Smith in the championship quarterfinals at 5:52.

The second round of wrestlebacks pitted Derron Richardson of Ritenour against Jones. But a controversial stalling call by the referee ultimately cost Jones the match as Richardson walked away with a 2-1 victory.

“That was a really disappointing match,” the Mehlville coach said. “It was frustrating for me because Jake had taken seven shots throughout the match when his opponent had taken none.”

Lindbergh

The Flyers had just one wrestler at state this year as junior Michael Glover competed for Lindbergh at 285 pounds.

Glover opened the first round of competition at 285 pounds with a 5-2 loss to Malach Radigan of Francis Howell.

He then took the fall to Kamron Davis of Waynesville at 4:53 in the first round of wrestlebacks.

“Mike had a pretty tough weight class and even though he went 0-2, I thought he wrestled better,” Lindbergh head coach Josh Hansel said.

“His second match was a pretty even match. Mike threw the kid and when they landed, they both landed on their hips facing each other. It was about who could get their hips out quicker and Davis ended up pinning him,” Hansel added.

Oakville

Despite being the lone Oakville wrestler to compete at the Class 4 state championships, sophomore Brett Carrigan won his first match at 125 pounds with a 1-0 win over Lane Swan on St. Joseph’s Central.

But Carrigan dropped an 11-2 decision in the quarterfinals to Harold Ritchie of Francis Howell North, which put him into the second round of wrestlebacks.

In wrestlebacks, Charles Johnson of Hazelwood East defeated Carrigan 10-4.