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St. Clair Moves Four to State Meet

February 17, 2012
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St. Clair made the most of its opportunities during the Class 2 District 1 Wrestling Tournament last Friday and Saturday at De Soto High School.

The Bulldogs advanced four wrestlers to the MSHSAA wrestling championships this week at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, three of which captured district championships.

St. Clair finished fourth in the team standings.

Representing the Bulldogs at the state meet will be Dustin Conner, Dakota Bush, Mike Wright and Skylar Hutchison. Conner, Bush and Wright all won district crowns.

The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for the state meet.

Ste. Genevieve captured the district title with 179.5 points.

Owensville finished second with 148 followed by De Soto (131), St. Clair ( 127), Windsor (124), Dexter (122.5), Sullivan (109.5), Sumner (96.5), Cape Girardeau Notre Dame (85), Park Hills Central (55.5), Affton (36.5), Miller Career (32), Vashon (27.5) and Festus (13.5).

“I thought we had a great tournament. It was the best we performed all season. We had three district champs, which I was happy about. Bush and Wright were able to pin their way through the tournament. They both did a great job.” said St. Clair Head Coach Mark Payne. “In spite of sending only four kids, we still finished fourth as a team. All of our kids performed really well and contributed to our success.”

Conner (46-10) was 3-0 in the tournament to take the 152-pound title.

After receiving a first-round bye, Conner pinned Festus’ Gavin Marmonti in 2:38 in the quarterfinals, pinned Windsor’s Jacob Mueller in 2:41 in the semifinals and won a 10-4 decision over Dexter’s Dylan Bazarian in the finals.

“Dustin wrestled well throughout the tournament,” said Payne. “He was the No. 2 seed and came out on top.”

Bush (45-2) went 3-0 to take the 195-pound crown, winning all three matches by pin.

After receiving a first-round bye, Bush pinned Affton’s Kris McAllister in 1:57 in the quarterfinals, pinned Windsor’s Donovan Haislar in 1:57 in the semifinals and pinned De Soto’s Colin Bothel in 4:37 in the finals.

“This is Dakota’s first district title,” Payne said. “I thought he looked as good at districts as he has all year.”

Wright (54-2) went 3-0 to win the 220-pound title, winning all three matches by pin.

After receiving a first-round bye, Wright pinned De Soto’s Corey Fenton in 1:50 in the quarterfinals, pinned Park Hills Central’s Justin McWilliams in 1:05 in the semifinals and pinned Windsor’s Zack LaMar in 1:30 in the finals.

“Mikey had a great tournament. This is his third district title,” Payne said. “He is a fantastic wrestler who represents St. Clair with a lot of class.”

Hutchison (31-10) went 3-2 in the tournament to place fourth at 182 pounds. He pinned De Soto’s Lukas Vaclavik in 3:08 and Affton’s David Ardrey in 30 seconds in the first two rounds, lost an 8-6 overtime decision to Notre Dame’s Trever Foltz in the semifinals, won a 13-5 major decision over Sullivan’s Danton Creek in the consolation semifinals and lost an 11-9 decision to Ste. Genevieve’s Drew Abt in the third-place match.

Three other Bulldogs, Chris Algiere, Wallie Mesey and Jonah Pfeiffer, were one win away from advancing to state.

Algiere (30-26) posted a 1-2 tournament record at 106 pounds. He pinned Miller Career’s Adrian Young in 3:05 in the quarterfinals, but lost by technical fall 15-0 to Park Hills Central’s Richard House in the semifinals and lost an 8-4 decision to De Soto’s Alex Waggoner in the consolation semifinals.

Mesey (29-25) went 3-2 at 113 pounds. He won by forfeit over Miller Career’s Keonna Diggs, lost a 9-0 major decision to De Soto’s Cody Dedear in the quarterfinals, pinned Sullivan’s Paul Schuler in 3:14, pinned Park Hills Central’s Jeremy Boyd in 2:09 and was pinned in the consolation semifinals by Notre Dame’s Caleb Heisserer.

Pfeiffer (24-26) posted a 2-2 record at 132 pounds. He was pinned by Sumner’s Courtney Williams in the first round, won by pin over both Miller Career’s Alex Snipes in 36 seconds and Affton’s Christian Westermayer in 4:07 and was pinned by Dexter’s Morgan Dean in the consolation semifinals.

Six other Bulldogs competed in the tournament.

Chase Cohen (14-28) went 0-2 at 120 pounds.

Austin Koenig (23-25) was 1-2 at 126 pounds. He won a 4-3 decision over Hancock’s David Ainsworth.

Austin Nappier (0-6) went 0-2 at 138 pounds.

Hayden Norton (19-31) went 1-2 at 145 pounds. He pinned Vashon’s Corey Jones in 2:35.

Austin Pelton (11-31) went 1-2 at 160 pounds. He won by injury default over Festus’ Samuel House.

Jake Calkins (24-26) went 1-2 at 170 pounds. He pinned Festus’ Avery Gardner in 2:07.

The state tournament runs Thursday through Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

St. Clair’s first-round matches are Conner against Cameron’s Nathan Neal (24-8), Hutchison against Bolivar’s Aaron Allen (27-8), Bush against St. Pius’ Jordan Wright (32-14) and Wright against Berkeley’s Darrion Current (13-6).

“Mikey didn’t get a very good draw for state this week,” Payne said. “But you never expect good draws, so we’re prepared for it.”

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