Payton and Ethan Moses qualified for the State Championships at Kearney High School this weekend. The Van Horn wrestling squad will head to Columbia, MO next weekend. Coach Craig Addison and his staff did an excellent job getting the young Falcon squad ready to compete.
Payton Moses (SR 120) won his qualifying match in controversial fashion. After controlling the match for two and a half periods, he gave up a reversal as time lapsed. The match headed to overtime. Payton had to switch gears immediately after the disappointment of going to OT. He dropped early points and in the crazy action he re-rolled his opponent and got the pin. The gym stopped. Officials gathered together as the Grain Valley coach ran onto the mat to complain. All eyes in the gym were watching. After extensive discussions, the referee raised Payton’s hand, he had punched his ticket to Columbia. The Van Horn half of the gym cheered, while the Grain Valley contingent booed mightily. Payton is 37-11 on the season.
Ethan Moses (SO 106) won the third place match in districts to qualify automatically. He will take his 44-4 record to State. This will be his second trip to Columbia. He will be a favorite to place in the top six, gaining All-State status.
The rest of the squad did not qualify. However, Aaron Maluia (JR 285) went into four overtimes before falling to his opponent from Platte County. With one more win, he would be traveling to Columbia. Aaron will have decisions to make in the off-season if he will maintain his 285-class, or drop back down to 220 where he qualified last year. This year’s Falcon Wrestlers are loaded with young inexperienced wrestlers. It will be a fun off-season as the get more match experience and strengthen physically.
BY PERRY GREEN