PHOTOS: Kansas and Missouri athletes face off in annual Metro Classic


This post is from an online student in FHSU’s Department of Informatics Convergent Media Lab course.

The 31st Metro Classic was hosted this year at Avila University on Tuesday. This event features 14 of the best seniors from the metropolitan area in Kansas and Missouri. Kansas athletes and coaches featured from top left to right (Joey Lazor, Javier Vieyra, Alec Samuelson, Dylan Elmore, Matthew Marcum, Torin Forsyth, Trystian Juarez, Tyler Henson, Randy Streeter, Travis Phippen). Bottom left to right (Davian White, Xerach Tungjaroeunkul, Noah Conover, Henri Mcgivern, Nolan Bradley, Ethan Jenkinson, Cael Alderman, Charlie Zeller)
Here is team Missouri’s lineup from top left to right (Riley Glasgow, Austin Eads, Ethan Phillips, Bob Glasgow, Jacob Hanes, Sam Ewing, Zane Palmer, Luca Riley, Caleb Groff, Trevor Thorn, Bobbe Lowe, Jay McGovern), bottom left to right (Logan Burks, Garrett Lyons, Kolby McClain, Jamison Tunstill, Brady Littleton, Cooper Rider, Aleksei Wojtkiewiscz)
Nolan Bradley from Lawrence Free State, at 113lb looking to secure the fall with his cradle.
Bradley secures the technical fall to start the dual with team Kanas leading 5-0. “I am honored to have this opportunity to compete for one last time in my high school career. The atmosphere is electric here,” Bradley said. I am excited to continue my athletic and academic career next year at the collegiate level at Cloud County next fall.”
At 132 lbs, Cael Alderman from Olathe North shucks his opponent to capture the two-point takedown.
Alderman’s opponent, Logan Burks from Staley, fires back with a double leg.
Burks wins via a 2-1 decision over Alderman to add three points for team Missouri.
At 138 lbs from Pleasant Hill, Sam Ewing has his opponent in an over-under situation, looking to score.
Ewing looking for back points.
At 144 lbs from Pleasant Hill, Garret Lyons looks to elevate Xerarch Tungjaroenkuls’s leg in a single-leg situation.
Tungjaroenkul looks for the fall against Lyons.
At 165 lbs, Dylan Elmore from St.Thomas Aquinas face-lifts his opponent for back points.
Elmore elevates the leg to capture the hips for two points.
Caleb Groff from Oak Grove in the 285 lb match secures the decision and the victory for team Missouri. Team Missouri gets the victory over team Kansas 32-27.
Groff celebrates in joy. “This was a tough, hard-fought match, and it just came down to grit,” Groff said. “I knew coming into this match whoever won this match would win this dual, and I was a little nervous, but the fans and my team rallying behind me gave me that extra motivation to prevail.”