The numbers weren't working in favor of the North Callaway varsity wrestling team on Saturday.
While the rest of the field at the Ray Stockdale Invitational hosted by Knob Noster probably could've cared less the Thunderbirds only had seven wrestlers so hand, it's likely most didn't even realize that was the case considering the team placed sixth.
"I thought the boys wrestled well. I thought they improved in a lot of areas we saw them struggle with (last) Thursday in the duals," said coach Ross Rosenbaum. "Jadon (Henry) had a good performance beating a state medalist in the finals. Chad (Maupin) had another good day, he came up short of a title losing to a returning state runner up in the finals. Jordan (Delashmutt) wrestled well and is starting to figure things out. We're hoping to get healthy and bring home a team plaque at Berkeley on Saturday."
North Calaway's only champion for this event came at 132 lbs. as Henry beat Warsaw's Dallas Larsen 7-1 in the title match after beating Blair Oaks' Dalton Bridges by injury time and Platte County's Zach Hill in 2:38. Henry also drew a bye for round one.
Chad Maupin did almost as well for the Thunderbirds by finishing as the runner up at 160 by falling to Warsaw's Kolby Estes in 3:09. Prior to that Maupin downed Holden's Jack Sullins by technical fall 15-0, Warsaw's Patrick Surrell in 1:30 and Platte County's Jerin Munn in 1:49.
Defeating Versailles' Joseph Shady in 1:22 for North Callaway at heavyweight to place third was Jordan Delashmutt, who also defeated pinned Holden's Zack Kelley in 1:10 aand Southeast's Larelle Dennis in :47. Delashmutt lost in round three to Albany's Blade Powers in 3:17, as well.
Coming in fourth at 220 for the Thunderbirds was Cameron Cochrane at 220 with wins by fall over Warsaw's Grady Miller in 1:46 and Butler's Alix Dickinson in :50 to start the day. He then went on to get pinned by Holden's Forrest Hertzog in 1:26 and and Blair Oaks' Creed Lenn in 3:28.
Winning the fifth-place bout at 182 in 4:55 against Southeast's Marland Trimble was North Callaway's Mason Garner. Prior to that he drew a bye for round three and was defeated by Butler's Bryce Ackerman in 3:33 and Warsaw's Kieon Davis 6-0.
The Thunderbirds other fifth place wrestler was James Haubner at 152 by virtue of downing Southeast's Ja'Leon Teague in 1:31 and Versailles' Dallas Waller in 1:00. Haubner's day didn't start nearly that well, though, losing to Blair Oaks' Ben Thomas in 1:39 and Knob Noster's Brandon Rogalski by major decision 10-0.
Chet Cunningham at 145 came out the gates like a stallion for the Thunderbirds to win 9-2 against Platte County's Tommy Woods 9-2 in round two and drew a bye for the first round. He then lost in 4:44 to Knob Noster's Matt Wuntke in 3:44 and Knob Noster's Austin Posey in 2:26 in the consolation semifinals.
North Callaway hosted the Missouri Military Academy on Tuesday.