The Battle of Lexington on Dec. 15-16 was a varsity wrestling event like no other that some might describe as intense while other would call brutal.
Eight matches in two days is a format that isn't for the faint of heart, which might be why North Callaway head coach Ross Rosenbaum only took five athletes to this event. It seems like he picked the right five, though, because they all placed.
This included Jadon Henry winning the third place match against Lathrop's Tristan Blair 9-6 at 132 after pinning Father Tolton's Audrey Hebert in :41 and South Harrison's Levi Denum in :54. Prior to that Henry downed Marysville's Conner Berry in :49, in the quarterfinals he posted a 13-0 major decision over Mid-Buchanon's Creed Webster and in round one Henry beat Butler's Ostin Van Voorst in 1:25.
Chad Maupin had quite similar results for the Thunderbirds at 160 that featured a fourth place finish once he lost to Richmond's Kenton Delana in 1:33 and stuck Buffalo's Tanner Mueller in 1:00 and Sherwood's Madolyn Sullins in 1:25. All of that came after he started this event by defeating Lafayette County's Gage Wentland in 1:37, in the quarterfinals he bested Brookfield's Khalil Walker in 6:00 and in round three Maupin won in 1:19 against Rock Port's Austin Stoner.
Claiming the match for ninth place for North Callaway by forfiet against Blair Oaks' Levi Haney at 152 was James Haubner, who also claimed an 8-7 decision against Sherwood's Colin McDonald in consolation round three and Buffalo's Cole Bass by forfeit in consolation round one. Haubner beat Gaige Dedrick of Nevada on injury time in the first round and received bye in rounds two and four, as well.
Mason Garner didn't reach the same heights as his teammates in this incredibly deep field at 170 and instead got edged out in the 13th place match to Adrian's James Keating 2-0 in addition to downing Trenton's Nick Wattenberger in 5:31 and Penney's Daniel Ragle in :34. Garner got the better of Knob Noster's Cody Clifton 3-0 in consolation round two and drew a bye four round four, as well.
North Callaway's other 14th place finisher at 145 was Chet Cunningham based on a 4-2 sudden victory defeat to Trenton's Eric Lovett and wins by fall over Marysville's Jake Redman in 3:07 in round four and Summit Christian Academy's Braeden Campbell in 1:49. Cunningham also slipped past Diamond's Jayce Taylor 6-4 in consolation round two and pinned South Harrison's Cole Ellis in :42 in the first round.
The Thunderbirds next compete on Jan. 2 against Hallsville in a quad meet.