Owls place second in Park Hill duals

Monday, December 7, 2015
Marshall senior Ramon Herrera (top) was unbeaten in four bouts at the Park Hill Tournament. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

KANSAS CITY -- The Marshall wrestling team had one of its best-ever performances Saturday during the Park Hill Tournament at Kansas City.

The Owls won all four of their pool matches in the Red Division before losing the championship match to Rockhurst, 64-18. This despite defaulting at two weight classes, 106 and 160 pounds.

Overall, Marshall went 25-18 on the mat, with 22 wins by fall.

The Owls opened with a 47-30 victory over Excelsior Springs, taking six of eight bouts, five by fall. The hardest pool contest was against Blue Springs South, which jumped out to a 23-6 lead. However, the Jaguars allowed 12 more points due to forfeits than did Marshall, which claimed a 39-37 decision.

During the next two tilts, the Owls won seven weight classes each -- pinning 13 opponents -- during victories over the Mill Springs, Kan., junior varsity (54-21) and North Kansas City (64-18).

That brought Marshall into the title showdown with the Hawklets, who took eight of 10 contests. The Owls' two wins were pins by seniors Aaron Sims (145 pounds) and Ramon Herrera (195).

Both grapplers were undefeated during the meet, winning four times. Sims stopped four foes early, Herrera three. Sophomore Ryan Henderson -- splitting time between 170 and 182 pounds -- went 5-0 with three pins, a technical fall and a major decision, while sophomore Dalton Landreth (113) won all three of his bouts by fall.

Junior Edward Hecke (285) won two of three duels; sophomore Cameron Morrison (120) and senior Josh Osiena (182) were both 2-2; and single wins were picked up by freshman Kayl Case (132), sophomore T-Love Williams (152) and junior Cody Hostetter (126).

The Owls (4-2) will host two opponents during their home opener Tuesday: Smith-Cotton and NCMC rival Mexico.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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