Varsity Wrestling · Wildcat Wrestlers Bring Home Medals from Derby Invitational


The De Soto high school varsity wrestling team, and over 15 other teams from across the state, competed in the 35th Annual Derby Panther Invitational Saturday in Derby. Three Wildcats earned individual medals by placing in the top six, while three others placed in the top-10 of their respective weight classes.

Junior Luke Barger (182) was the team’s highest placer in fourth, followed by sophomore Zak Kalafut (113) in fifth. Junior Lane Warner (126) also brought home a medal finishing sixth. Seniors Nick Nguyen (106) and Josh Padron (132), along with junior Cooper Pflaum (195) were each in the top-10 by finishing eighth. Junior Jackson Mocca (152) scored 10 of the team’s 50.5 points, helping DHS finish 12th overall.

The wrestlers hit the mat again this week, first with a dual at Turner high school Tuesday before returning home to face off against Olathe West Thursday at 5:00 pm in the main gym.