BUTLER — The Diamond Wildcats finished sixth overall in the Butler Invitational on Saturday and heavyweight Justin McGough led the way with a first place finish.
McGough pinned Adrian’s Andrew Forgette with five seconds remaining in the third period for the championship, his fourth pin of the tournament. McGough pinned Diamond JV’s Eli Smith in 41 seconds, Adrian JV’s Aaron Cochran in 1:51, and Holden’s Zack Kelley in 3:22. McGough improved to 24-7 on the season.
Owen Gray (195 pounds) finished third behind a 1:35 pin of Holden’s Forrest Hertzog and a 5-2 decision against Rogers’ Jacob Mounce. Gray improved to 25-9.
Cameron Addington (138) also finished third, pinning Diamond JV’s Michael Trevino in 1:08 and Fatima’s Dalton Luebbert in 35 seconds en route to the championship bracket. Addington finished 1-1 after that point, winning a 4-1 decision against Warsaw’s Jayden Schepker to rebound from a 17-2 tech fall loss to Lafayette County’s Ethan Skinner. Addington improved to 21-13.
Triston Kralicek (113) placed fourth, losing three straight matches to end the tournament after consecutive pins to start it, against Lafayette JV’s Noah Skinner and Warsaw’s Delmar Graves. Kralicek pinned Graves with just one second remaining in regulation.
Diamond returns Tuesday to Butler for duals against the host, Lexington, and Warsaw, two of whom also competed in the Butler Invitational on Saturday.
Team results — Knob Noster 325, Lathrop 292, Butler 256, Warsaw 250, Rogers 238, Diamond 212, Holden 209, Lafayette County 199, Adrian 186, El Dorado Springs 157, Fatima 141, Hollister 109, Adrian JV 26, Diamond JV 19, Butler JV 18, Knob Noster JV 15, Lafayette JV 13, Kansas City Central Academy of Excellence 10, Holden JV 0, Rogers JV 0, Summit Christian 0.