Oakville High wrestling team takes seventh in Columbia Hickman tourney

By STEPHEN GLOVER

In possibly its best showing this season, the Oakville Senior High School wrestling team took seventh place overall at the Columbia Hickman Tournament.

Oakville head coach Brett Lieberoff believes last weekend’s performance was a good warm-up for next month’s Class 4, District 1 Tournament.

“I think that this was the best we’ve wrestled so far this season,” Lieberoff said. “That’s a positive now that we’re getting close to districts. We had nine kids wrestling and we had only one guy lose in a medal round, so that’s big.”

Junior Nick Savage, 125 pounds, and Charles Toney, 215 pounds, both took first-place honors for Oakville.

“Nick really stepped it up big for us and wrestled some great matches this weekend,” Lieberoff said. “We know what to expect out of Charles every time he’s out there and he’s been wrestling great right now. He and Nick have become the backbone of the team.”

Seniors Brian Leicht, 160 pounds, and Lucas Miller, 189 pounds, and junior Diondre Ellis, heavyweight, took third-place honors for the Tigers.

“Brian had a good past couple of weeks and he ended up beating a guy from Lee’s Summit for third place who had beaten him earlier in the tournament,” the Oakville High head coach said. “Lucas wrestled a very smart tournament and he’s really coming on right now.

“Diondre’s been getting his feet wet because this is his first year on the varsity. He wrestled a great tournament and this was his first tournament to medal in this year.”

At 140 pounds, junior John Thomas was Oakville’s only fourth-place finisher.

“John’s just getting down to 140 pounds and has been injured, but he’s wrestling through it,” Lieberoff said. “He’s always giving 100 percent out there for us.”

The Tigers are back in action when they participate in the De Soto Tournament this weekend.

“There are a lot of tough smaller class teams in this tournament and it’s the second year we’ve been in it,” Lieberoff said.