Brett Campbell exited the Mizzou Arena floor Feb. 17 jubilant and exhausted, his nose bloodied and stuffed with cotton. The Summit Christian Academy senior had just wrestled the final match of his high-school career, which ended with a second straight undefeated state title.
The last win didn’t come easy.
Campbell got all he could handle from Whitfield’s William Boldt during the Class 1 220-pound championship match. After a close battle during the first two periods, Campbell took control in the third for a 7-3 victory.
“That was probably the best match I had all year,” he said. “I would rather have that match then some kid I had already beaten or an easy match. It makes it feel more worth it.”
The victory capped a 58-0 season for Campbell, who went 56-0 last year in winning the Class 1 182 title. He ended his career with 200 victories and a 115-match win streak that started with the Class 1 182 fifth-place match as a sophomore.
The streak seemed safe as Campbell began his state tournament run with two pins and a major decision, but he faced a formidable final opponent in Boldt, who came in with a 41-4 record and the No. 1 ranking in the weight class for most of the season.
After a scoreless first period, Boldt took a 1-0 lead with an escape early in the second period.
Campbell took a 4-1 lead with a takedown and two near-fall points during the second period. He scored another takedown and added a penalty point on a stalling call as he dominated Boldt in the final period.
“By that time, usually they tire out and kind of start to break mentally,” Campbell said. “It’s easier for me to work my offense.”
Earlier in the day, Braeden Campbell joined his older brother as a state medalist when he finished third at 145 pounds.
After losing a 3-1 decision to Lafayette County’s Trenton Rankin in the quarterfinals, Campbell battled back through the consolation bracket and eventually beat Holden’s Dillon Young 8-5 in the third-place match.
Braeden Campbell (57-5) now has 100 career victories, half the total of his big brother.
“It’s awesome to see my little brother taking third,” Campbell said. “It makes me really happy.”
Senior Trenton Holloway, SCA’s other state qualifier, lost two matches in the 182 division.
Tough day for Broncos
The second day of the three-day tournament proved difficult for Lee’s Summit North. Three of the Broncos’ four Class 4 state qualifiers were still wrestling, but none made it to the final day.
Freshman 113-pounder Caden Schweitzer had a three-point lead with 30 seconds left in his second-round consolation match before losing 10-8.
Additionally, senior Jason Duran lost his consoaltion match at 138 on a 5-0 decision, while junior Adrian Castaneda was leading before he was pinned in his 160 consolation match.
“It was just a rough day,” North coach Mick Cronk said.
Lee’s Summit West also failed to make it to the third day.
Zach Moore, a 195-pounder, was the only Titan to win his first match and reach the quarterfinals, but he lost his next two matches. Owen Smith (120), Morgan Potts (138) and Corbin Copsey (152) all fell in the second round of wrestlebacks.
Finally, Lee’s Summit’s lone qualifier, Lorenzo Turney at 113, won one of three matches, bowing out in the second round of wrestlebacks.