FARMINGTON – While the Farmington boys basketball team was suffering a loss in the high school gym, the Knights wrestling squad was enjoying just the opposite in the Civic Center. The Farmington was hosting the Jackson Indians who had bested the Knights at the SEMO Conference Tournament just a week earlier.
The Knights proved to be stronger this time with a 43-30 win in the dual meet. The Knights had only one open weight class to Jackson’s three for a gain of 12 points, giving the Knights a one-point edge in matches wrestled.
Josh Kelleher (112) evened up the score at 6-6 after a Farmington open at 103, with a fall of Jackson’s Clay Rouse in 1:45. Brad Wisdom (119) followed with a fall of Doug Froemsdorf in 3:29 after recording three near falls in the first period.
Luke Rayburn (125) won a 6-4 decision for Jackson over Branden McDowell. Nicholas Hoehn (130) and Craig Wilson (135) both won by forfeit for Farmington, and Max Robinson (140) won a 6-4 decision for the Knights over Bryan Sladek to make the team score 27-9.
Jon Gurule (145) did all he could do to keep from losing by a major decision, leaving Jackson’s Jamie Schumacher with only an 8-2 decision. J.W. Parson made weight at 152 to win by forfeit.
Will Perry (160) bested Farmington’s Derek Smallen with a fall in 1:14. In a virtually even match between Kevin Pothetos and Justin Darnell (171), Pothetos was able to get the upperhand in the third period for a 5:17 fall for Farmington.
Kendall May (189) scored eight takedowns on Jackson’s Damarcus Huddleston for a 17-7 major decision and 43-18 team score. Jackson won the last two matches by fall with Bobby Ferguson (215) being pinned in 3:07 by Blake Peiffer, and David Fischbeck (285) in 1:15 by Ben Wood.
Farmington will be back on the mats tonight when they host De Soto.