Owls place fourth in mat meet
KANSAS CITY -- Marshall wrestler Nick Harper was on familiar turf Saturday, and appeared to enjoy it.
The senior transfer returned to his old school for the Park Hill Tournament at Kansas City, winning all five of his bouts to lead the Owls to fourth place. Four of the victories for the 160-pound Harper, a state qualifier last year, were by fall.
Marshall won two of three pool matches, beating Truman (39-28) and North Kansas City (48-29) and in between taking a 42-24 loss to Winnetonka. That got the Owls into the semifinal round of the Red Division, where they lost to Blue Springs South, 41-33.
The third-place contest was a rematch with Chillicothe. The Hornets, who lost earlier to Marshall, 45-32, avenged that disappointment with a 45-31 victory.
Besides Harper, two other Owls went undefeated -- recording four wins. Senior Austin Stickels had three pins at 182 pounds, as did 285-pound senior Berry Benedick. Marshall went undefeated in the heavyweight class, with senior Raven White stopping his Chillicothe foe after Benedick had come off a hard-fought 7-5 decision against the Jaguars.
Freshman Aaron Sims (138 pounds) won four of his five bouts, including a fall and major decision, and junior Canaan Heinzler (145) went 3-2 with three pins.
Picking up a pair of wins was junior T.J. Fox (170), while freshman Austin Ballard (106), junior Chris Stevenson (152) and junior Tyler Eidson (190) each recorded pins.
The Owls (4-3) will be on the road to begin NCMC play today at Fulton, a match twice rescheduled.