Olathe Lawrence High's Kyle McTaggert came up with a timely pin at 275 pounds Tuesday night to lead the Lions past Blue Valley West as part of a double-dual competition at Olathe North.
McTaggert, normally a 215-pounder, was wrestling at 275 because the Lions' regular heavyweight failed to make weight. However, the junior responded by pinning Davin Arnold in 1 minute, 25 seconds to help LHS rally for a 42-39 victory.
"He went out there weighing 213 and pinned a guy weighing 247," said LHS coach Mark Dulgarian. "I'm sure he had some misgivings about wrestling a heavyweight, but he did a great job."
LHS had an easier time in its second match, beating Olathe North, 45-29.
Senior Chris Ermey (135 pounds) and junior Zach Hertzel (140) each remained unbeaten on the season as the Lions improved to 6-1 in duals.
Dulgarian also cited the performance of 125-pounder Jordey McTaggert, who earned a victory via pin against Olathe North's Jared Wall in just his second varsity match.
The Lions return to action Friday at the Eudora Tournament of Champions.
Lawrence 42, Blue Valley West 39
103 - Brandon Goodwin, LHS, pinned Mike Triano, 1:43; 112 - Ty Crowl, BVW, won by forfeit. 119 - Chris Coons, LHS, pinned Justin Liu, 1:13; 125 - Ben Seitz, BVW, pinned Jordey McTaggert, 5:35; 130 - Jeff Ferguson, BVW, pinned, Nathan Haig, 3:30; 135 - Chris Ermey, LHS, pinned Harry McDonald, 2:37; 140 - Zach Hertzel, LHS, pinned Justin Sisson, 3:43; 145 - Ken Stowe, LHS, pinned Matt Miller, 1:14; 152 - Brandon Budd, BVW, pinned Cody Weber, 1:50; 160 - Derek Holovach, BVW, pinned Jordan McKinney, 1:45; 171 - Spencer Hayes, BVW, def. Cameron Reschke, 3-2; 189 - Karl Hamer, BVW, def. Skyler Countess, 6-4 OT; 215 - C.J. Williams, LHS, won by forfeit; 275 - Kyle McTaggert, LHS, pinned Davin Arnold, 1:25.
Lawrence 45, Olathe North 29
103 - Goodwin, LHS, pinned Eddie Francis, 2:37; 112 - Jason Seifert, ON, won by forfeit; 119 - Coons, LHS, pinned Josh Neal, 1:23; 125 - J. McTaggert, LHS, pinned Jared Wall, 2:57; 130 - Adam Almaguer, ON, tech. fall, Haig, 18-3; 135 - Ermey, LHS, def. Michael Castro, 6-2; 140 - Hertzel, LHS, def. Cullen Jordan, 10-5; 145 - Stowe, LHS, won by forfeit; 152 - Weber, LHS, pinned Christian Payne, 2:31; 160 - McKinney, LHS, pinned Havi Makong, 2:32; 171 - Reschke, LHS, def. Chris Stafford, 7-5 OT; 189 - Marco Perez, ON, pinned Countess, 1:50; 215 - Calen Born, ON, pinned Williams, 3:30; 275 - Dustin Stien, ON, won by forfeit.