Panthers defeat rival Odessa
JACOB PAVLICA pinned Ethan Uhrlaub with 54 seconds left in the first period in the 160-pound contest. It was Oak Grove's first win of the night and helped the Panthers defeat Odessa 42-31.
Oak Grove wrestlers met up with Odessa January 10 on the Bulldogs' home mat as the second week of MRVC West action opened for both teams.
Dual began at 145 pounds where Zach Kroah lost a 10-3 decision to Vincent Monarca. At 152, Noah Sears led Armand Kenepaske 3-2 entering the third period but lost the match 5-3 to give Odessa a 6-0 lead.
Jacob Pavlica, who is ranked sixth in the state in Class 2, tied it up 6-6 by making quick work of Ethan Uhrlaub in the 160-pound contest. Pavlica scored a pair of takedowns before pinning Uhrlaub with 54 seconds left in the first period. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Turnovers cost Oak Grove mightily
Oak Grove and O'Hara were evenly matched January 10, but 36 turnovers by the Lady Panthers were too much to overcome.
"Turnovers doomed us tonight," commented head coach Jared Broughton. "We played them straight up, but the turnovers just provided O'Hara with too many extra possessions and led to way too many easy baskets."
Oak Grove trailed 19-16 at halftime before falling 52-46. Sophie Heldenbrand had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kaitlyn Marsh dropped in 13 points. Lady Panthers outrebounded O'Hara 36-21, but it was not enough to erase the Oak Grove mistakes. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
HAIDEN ALLEN seems to have his game face on and is on the attack at the Excelsior Springs Tournament.
OAK GROVE LITTLE LEAGUE WRESTLERS participated in the Excelsior Springs Open on January 8. Curtis Wilson, left, tries to gain control over his opponent.