Varsity Wrestling · Wrestling Finishes Fourth in Home Dual Tournament


The De Soto high school varsity wrestling team hosted the 2019 De Soto Dual Tournament Friday night. The Wildcats finished fourth out of 10 teams by winning three of their five duals.

The night started with a win over Blue Valley Southwest 42-36. Senior Josh Padron (132) won his match to get DHS on the scoreboard. Junior Dylan Dossett (145) and sophomore Jackson Mocca (152) both pinned their opponents to keep De Soto close. After a first-period pin by junior Luke Barger (182) the Wildcats won the final three matches from junior Cooper Pflaum (195), freshman Preston Schock (220), and junior Jacob Goodin (285).

The second round matchup showcased a team victory against Shawnee Mission South 60-22. Senior Nick Nguyen (106), sophomore Zak Kalafut (113), Freshman Joe Chames (120), and junior Lane Warner (126) won their matches to give De Soto and early lead. Mocca (152) and freshman Owen Nehl (160) picked up two wins during the middle of the dual, before Barger (182), Pflaum (195), Schock (220), and Goodin (285) all were victorious.

The Wildcats faced Tonganoxie next and fell 30-54. Five De Soto wrestlers, Kalafut (113), Chames (120), Warner (126), Dossett (145), Barger (182) earned wins against the Chieftains.

Round four saw the Wildcats win 12 of 14 matches in route to a 66-9 victory against KC Wyandotte.  Nguyen (106), Kalafut (113), Chames (120), Warner (126), Padron (132), freshman Luke VanBooven (138), Dossett (145), Mocca (152), Nehl (160), Barger (182), Schock (220), and Goodin (285) all won their matches.

The fifth and final round Friday was a loss to Lansing 12-65. The dual included two impressive wins by pin from Chames (120) and Warner (126).

The Wildcats hit the mat again Thursday with a dual against Mill Valley before heading to Junction City for a tournament on Saturday. The next home action for DHS will be Senior Night on Thursday, Jan. 31 against Eudora. Matches will begin at 5:00 pm in the main gym.

De Soto Dual Tournament, De Soto Individual Results

106 – Nick Nguyen 2-3
113 – Zak Kalafut 3-2
120 – Joe Chames 4-1
126 – Lane Warner 4-1
132 – Josh Padron 2-3
138 – Luke VanBooven 1-4
145 – Dylan Dossett 3-2
152 – Jackson Mocca 3-2
160 – Owen Nehl 2-3
170 – Zach Lewis 0-5
182 – Luke Barger 4-1
195 – Cooper Pflaum 2-3
220 – Preston Schock 3-2
285 – Jacob Goodin 3-2