Lebanon wrestling teams perform well at Capital City Invitational

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Pictured above are members of the Lebanon High School wrestling team. Over the weekend, the LHS varsity team took second place at the Jefferson City Invitational and the JV team took home first place in the junior varsity tournament.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon High School wrestling programs continue to roll after another successful weekend of wrestling.

Over the weekend, the Lebanon varsity wrestling team placed second in the varsity bracket of the Capital City Invitational at Jefferson City High School.

In a tournament that consisted of loaded teams, LHS finished the tournament with 276 points, just half a point better than nationally ranked Park Hill who Lebanon defeated over the weekend.

Lafayette-Wildwood won the invitational with a total of 304.5 points.

Lebanon wrestling coach Randy Roark said he was proud of the way his team wrestled at the tournament.

“It was the first time in 20 years that I have been there that we brought home a varsity trophy,” Roark said. “The only trophy we ever brought home was a third-place JV trophy in 20 years. This time around, we were able to bring a second-place trophy home and a first place trophy for JV. It was a good weekend.”

The varsity team had two champions at the tournament with sophomore Trevor Christian taking home first at 152 pounds and Race Cottongim winning the heavyweight division.

Christian, who usually wrestles at 145 pounds, moved up a weight class this weekend and defeated the top-notch competition. He knocked off three state-ranked opponents, two of which who were undefeated this year.

“He wrestled well last weekend,” Roark said about Christian’s performance. “He knocked off some good kids. I have seen him wrestle for a long time and that is probably the best tournament that he has ever wrestled and faced some good competition.”

Cottongim has taken over the heavyweight spot for the ‘Jackets and ran with it after senior Rylan Hoard suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago.

“Race beat an absolute stud from Park Hill in the finals, who is nationally ranked,” Roark said. “He wrestled well and secured the win for us over Park Hill with his victory.”

Roark said he has been proud of the way that Cottongim has stepped up and taken over the role as the heavyweight man.
“He’s done great so far,” Roark said. “He isn’t the most technical wrestler, but he is a great athlete and is hard to score on. He will get in there and grind and is tough to beat.”

Several other members of the team also performed well with Cole Patten (106 pounds) placing second, Hogan Fisher (113) placing third, Hunter Lewis (120) placing second and Cole Roark (126) placing second.

“I thought our guys did what they needed to do this weekend,” Roark said. “We lost a couple one point matches, and that will be something that we need to work on over the next couple of weeks, so we aren’t losing bubble matches whenever we are trying to get to state.”

In the 20 years that Roark has been the head coach at Lebanon, he had never defeated a nationally ranked team until this weekend when the ‘Jackets upset Park Hill.

“A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work to try and build this program, and it is finally starting to pay off,” Roark said.

Due to inclement weather, LHS will wrestle on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. for senior night against Glendale and Rolla in a triangular match at Dr. Tom Luthy Fieldhouse with Glendale and Rolla facing each other first.

“Rolla is a tough opponent,” Roark said about the matchup. “They have some small guys in their lineup (106, 113, 120, 126, 138) who are ranked in the state. They are loaded with the lower weights, and we are going to have to wrestle well that’s for dang sure.”

Lebanon JV places first at Capital City Invitational

The Lebanon JV wrestling team fared well this weekend at the Capital City Invitational, taking home first place at the prestigious tournament.

LHS finished with a team score of 268.5, which was 18.5 points better than second place Park Hill.

Throughout the weekend, Lebanon had strong performances on the JV side, including Austin Johnson (106 pounds), Cael Schmitz (113) and Elijah Arl (145) who all brought home first place in their respective weight classes.

Conner Thom (138 pounds), Jake Henson (170) and Ben Arl (160) both finished second in the tournamnet and Colt Adkins (138) took third.

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