Lebanon wrestling programs off to hot start

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Lebanon High School wrestling coach Randy Roark (left) and Lebanon Middle School wrestling coach Garrett Jackson (right) watch wrestle-offs held at Dr. Tom Luthy Fieldhouse last week.



The Lebanon High School wrestling team kicked off their 2017-18 season with a huge win over the Jefferson City Jays on Wednesday night, 34-26 at Jefferson City High School.

Just a year ago, the ‘Jackets kept the Jays from winning its 50th consecutive dual match as LHS defeated Jefferson City, 30-29 when Hunter Lewis pinned his opponent to win in thrilling fashion.

Last season, the Jays finished ninth in the Missouri Class 4 state championships in Columbia, while the ‘Jackets finished 21st.

On Wednesday, the ‘Jackets started the match at 220 with a win for Landen Smith, who had an open match and then the ‘Jays were able to get a win in . From there, the ‘Jackets would four out of the next five matches with wins coming from Cole Patten at 106 pounds on a 15-13 victory, Hogan Fisher won at 113 pounds via pin in the first period, Cael Schmitz won his match in overtime and returning state-qualifier Hunter Lewis won his match at 126 pounds via pin in the second period to make it an overall score of 27-3 in favor of Lebanon.

The Jays would catch fire as they were able to win four straight matches over Cole Roark at  132 pounds, Cade Schmitz, Trevor Christian and Caleb Shields to pull the score to within 27-19.

Christian comes into the season ranked No. 5 in Class 4 at 132 pounds, while Roark is ranked No. 6 in Class 4 at 126.

Fortunately for LHS, they were able to put Jefferson City away with victories from Jericho Morquez at 160 pounds and Ty Glendenning at 182 pounds.

Each team both won seven matches on Wednesday, but the ‘Jackets recorded three key pins.


It is not often that you see a perfect match happen in any level of wrestling, but on Thursday night the Lebanon Yellowjackets defeated the Kickapoo Chiefs on the wrestling mat, 84-0.

Lebanon (3-0) had four open matches, but every win they recorded came via pin.

Winners from the match against the Chiefs included Hunter Lewis (126), Cole Roark (132), Cade Schmitz (138), Trevor Christian (145), Caleb Shields (152), Jericho Marquez (160), Ty Glendenning (182), Cody Smith (195), Landen Smith (220) and Rylan Hoard (285).

In the second match of the night, LHS defeated Bolivar, 50-21.

Winners at press time were Hogan Fisher (113) defeating Canyon Cunningham on a first period pin, Cole Roark (132) pinned Riley Hawk late in the third period, Cade Schmitz (138) defeated his opponent 11-5, and Trevor Christian (145) tech falled his opponent, 20-5.

The junior varsity team defeated Kickapoo 76-0 and beat Bolivar 59-12.

Lebanon will next travel to Neosho today for the Neosho tournament.


The LMS Yellowjackets wrestling team has flat out dominated this year under coach Garrett Jackson, winning its first seven matches of the season.

On Monday night, the ‘Jackets recorded a dual win over Eldon and Buffalo and defeated Thomas Jefferson (141-127) and Lewis & Clark Middle School (78-75) on Tuesday.

Winners from Mondays matches against Eldon and Buffalo included Gage Gross, Logan Nichols, Josiah Perryman, Mason Lawrence, Andrew Dent, Peyton Smith, Zak Rose, Riley Garner, Jake Baker, Bo Rosen, Jonathan Perryman, Rylee Herd, Ethan Appleberry, Peyton Smith,  Chloe Shearer, Isaiah Waterman, Robert Garner, Connor Brand, Connor Roberston, Caden Brown, Jayden Hubler and Talora Frisbee.

On Thursday night, the LMS team defeated Bolivar (121-66) and Republic (162-84) to improve to 7-0.


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