Two of the area’s top teams squared off Thursday night in Columbus with the Titans taking a 41-33 victory.
Both teams are ranked in the top ten in their respective states. Columbus is 6-0 on the seasons in dual meets.
“This has always been a good rivalry,” said Columbus Wrestling Coach Todd Napier. “They have had a good program since I was in school and we always look forward to a good duel.”
The Titans lost many of the early matches, then came back through the middle weights to take victory.
The highlight of the evening came in the 130 pound match between Columbus’ Nick Thomas and Missouri fourth ranked Nathan Fortner. With a pair of late match takedowns Thomas pulled out a 6-4 decision over Fortner.
In the 145 pound weight class Columbus’ B.T. O’Hara won a 3-0 decision over Dillon Webb. Webb is ranked ninth in Missouri.
Columbus has four wrestlers currently ranked in the top ten in Kansas including:
•At 125 Kyle Jones is ranked fifth.
•At 130 C.J. Napier continues to be ranked first as he has been all year following his championship win at state last year.
•O’Hara is ranked sixth in the state at 140 pounds.
•Taylor “Tank” Burns is ranked second in the 285 pound weight class.
The individual results:
Columbus wrestlers listed first.
At 103 pounds, Jacob York pinned by Blake Byrne, 3:09
At 112 pounds, Caleb Jones pinned by Tate Smith 3:53.
At 119 pounds, Zach Conway won by technical fall over Trevor Sill, 17-1.
At 125 pounds, Kyle Johnson lost a 8-5 decision to Colby Skaggs.
At 130 pounds, Nick Thomas took a 6-4 decision over Nathan Fortner.
At 135 the Titans forfeited to Jack Red.
At 140 pounds, top ranked C.J. Napier pinned Josh Mullen in 3:57.
At 145 pounds, B.T. O’Hara took a 3-0 decision over Dillon Webb.
At 152 pounds, Damion Tinnen pinned Sheldon Alexander, in 1:50.
At 160 pounds, Paul Morri pinned by Dalton Cummings, :49 seconds.
At 171 pounds, Brandon Alberty pinned by Michael Syock, at 1:09.
At 189 pounds, Nathan Morris won by forfeit.
At 215 pounds, David Lloyd won by forfeit.
At 285 pounds, Taylor “Tank” Burns pinned Derek Hopper at 2:50.
The Titans will travel to Coffeyville on Thursday night for a 5:30 match in a triple dual.