BONNE TERRE – Perhaps the two most entertaining bouts between wrestling rivals North County and Central bookended their annual solo dual on Thursday evening.
The host Raiders grappled their way to a lopsided 63-9 victory, capped by a mildly disputed outcome during the closing match at 138 pounds.
Kyle Cresswell was inches away from losing early after Blake Bolin locked him in a precarious near fall that consumed more than 30 seconds of the first period.
But momentum began favoring Cresswell once he squirmed loose and eventually forced Bolin onto his back. Cresswell grabbed a takedown and 9-7 edge with 50 seconds left in regulation, and earned the decision when a potential tying shot by Bolin was ruled out of bounds just before time expired.
Johnathan Coroama (120), Dalton Gullett (145) and Anthony Wilson (152) recorded falls to pace North County, which received 30 free points as Central was open at the five largest weight classes.
Seniors Cole Cresswell, Trevor Sutton, Mike Allison and Ryann Propst were recognized before their final home dual, but only Cresswell had an opponent to face.
More than a dozen former wrestlers were also on hand to honor coach Paul Schroer, who is completing his 26th and final year with the North County program this season.
Gullett began the festivities by suddenly pinning Clayton McDonald at the 4:39 mark, but only after the combatants traded a series of slippery reversals early on.
Wilson followed with a convincing triumph, and Cole Cresswell posted four takedowns and three near falls to secure a 19-4 technical fall as the first period concluded.
Cody White (106) pushed the team tally to 50-0 by gaining a go-ahead waistlock against Garrett Smith in the third period for an 11-8 win. Jordan Borseth (120) added a 15-4 major decision two matches later.
Freshman Kade Willis highlighted Central at 126 pounds by pinning Chris Singleton in 5:35. Willis averted a pair of single-leg attempts and transitioned each into takedowns for an early 4-0 lead.
Josh Countryman (113) had previously broken the shutout for Central by riding out a 2-0 decision over Mikayla Whatley.
106 – Cody White (NC) dec Garrett Smith, 11-8
113 – Josh Countryman (C) dec Mikayla Whatley, 2-0
120 – Johnathan Coroama (NC) fall Gavin Ward, 2:40
126 – Kade Willis (C) fall Chris Singleton, 5:35
132 – Jordan Borseth (NC) maj dec Levi O’Dell, 15-4
138 – Kyle Cresswell (NC) dec Blake Bolin, 9-7
145 – Dalton Gullett (NC) fall Clayton McDonald, 4:39
152 – Anthony Wilson (NC) fall Kenny Bell, 1:23
160 – Cole Cresswell (NC) tech fall William Mayberry, 19-4, 2:00
170 – Jase Odle (NC) win by forfeit
182 – Trevor Sutton (NC) win by forfeit
195 – Joe Weber (NC) win by forfeit
220 – Mike Allison (NC) win by forfeit
285 – Ryann Propst (NC) win by forfeit
Arcadia Valley 79, Clearwater 46
IRONTON – Arcadia Valley shot 23-of-31 from the line, netted 25 points in each of the first two quarters, and defeated visiting Clearwater 79-46.
Makayla Moise made 6-of-6 free throws, and scored 12 of her 18 points during the second period to help the Lady Tigers (12-8) create a 50-28 halftime advantage.
Jaesa Brockes and Josie Landrum each supplied 17 points, and Arcadia Valley opened with a 25-5 run while collecting its sixth straight victory.
Katie Whited finished with 10 points and Gracee Smith added nine.
Halle Gooch dropped in a game-high 25 points, and Cheyanne Burton had 14 for Clearwater.
Bunker 44, Kingston 41
CADET – Bunker limited Kingston to six points during the fourth quarter, and emerged with a 44-41 road victory after erasing a seven-point halftime deficit.
Ethan Martin shared game-high honors with 14 points for the Eagles, who trailed 24-17 at the break after the Cougars went on a modest run.
Boots Jessen paced Kingston (7-13) with 14 points, while Cole Ragan added 13 and Kielan Reyes tossed in nine more.