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Area Advances 22 of 39 to Second Day of State Meet

February 17, 2012
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Over half of the area’s qualifiers for the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships survived the opening day of the three-day state meet Thursday in Columbia.

A total of 22 of the area’s 39 state qualifiers still were in contention for medals after one day of action.

Of that group, 11 won their first-round matches while 11 survived in the first round of wrestlebacks and 17 were knocked out after losing their first two matches.

The meet continued Friday at the Mizzou Arena with wrestlebacks, quarterfinals and semifinals. Wrestlers still in contention after Friday’s action are guaranteed medal-stand placement.

Wrestlers in Classes 1 and 2 hit the mats at 9:30 a.m. for quarterfinals and wrestlebacks. Classes 3 and 4 didn’t start until 1:30 p.m.

For the latest updated results, please see www.mshsaa.org, click wrestling in the activity and then 2012 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships Information Central. That will lead you to the compiled results.

Of the first-round winners, three were in Class 1, four were in Class 2 and four were in Class 3.

Of the first-round wrestleback winners, four were in Class 1, three were from Class 2 and four were in Class 3.

Of those eliminated, three were in Class 1, nine were in Class 2 and five were in Class 3.

Among area schools Washington still had all five of its wrestlers in contention after one day with three first-round winners and two others winning in the opening round of wrestlebacks.

Also in Class 3, Pacific advanced two of its three qualifiers with one first-round winner and one wrestleback winner.

Union was the hardest hit among the area’s Class 3 teams. All five Wildcats lost in the first round and only one won in the wrestlebacks.

In Class 2, St. Clair had two of its four wrestlers win in the opening round. One Bulldog won in the wrestlebacks and another was eliminated.

Owensville advanced two of its seven wrestlers to the quarterfinals. One won his wrestleback match and four others were eliminated.

Like Union, only one of Sullivan’s five wrestlers advanced beyond the first day and that wrestler moved forward in the wrestleback rounds. The other four were eliminated after two matches.

In Class 1, St. James had three first-round winners, four wrestleback winners and three other wrestlers eliminated after one day of action. With 10 state qualifiers, the Tigers were the top area team in all classes after one day of action.

Team Scores

Class 1 St. James brought 10 wrestlers to the state meet and it’s paid off as the Tigers were tied for second in the Class 1 team standings after one day of action.

St. James scored 24 points on the first day to tie Brookfield for second. Whitfield led the team standings with 36 points.

In Class 3, Washington led the area schools with 10 points, good for a 16th-place tie after one day. The Blue Jays shared the spot with Lebanon.

Pacific was tied for 22nd with seven points while Union scored three points to tie for 39th.

Staley was the class leader after one day with 34.5 points. Neosho held second at 33 points while Kearney was third at 29.5 points.

Oak Park was fourth at 25 points and Platte County round out the top five with 23 points. Farmington, the District 1 champion, was sixth at 21.5 points.

In Class 2, St. Clair and Owensville were among three teams tied for 22nd in the team standings with 11 points.

The Bulldogs and Dutchmen were squared up with De Soto for that spot.

Sullivan ranked 44th with one point after the first day.

Kirksville led the Class 2 standings with 32.5 points with Oak Grove holding second with 28 points. Harrisonville was third at 24.5 points with Seneca holding fourth at 23.5 points and Grain Valley rounding out the top five at 23 points.

First-Round Winners

In Class 3, Washington had three of the first-round winners while Pacific had one wrestler reach the quarterfinals.

First-round winners were:

• Washington sophomore Cole Hamai (132) won an 11-5 decision over Fort Osage’s Bryce Braughton.

• Pacific sophomore Austin Repp (145) won by a 5:37 pin over Hazelwood West’s Cody Bain.

• Washington junior Caleb Summers (145) won a 7-0 decision over Ladue’s Brock Ridenour.

• Washington junior Spencer Baird won in a 3:43 pin over Kearney’s Tony Borden.

Class 2 first-round winners were:

• St. Clair senior Dakota Bush (195) won by a 1:21 pin over St. Pius (KC)’s Jordan Wright.

• St. Clair senior Mike Wright won in a 1:35 pin over Berkeley’s Darrion Current.

• Owensville freshman Matthew Pohlmann (112) pinned Excelsior Springs’ AJ Peterson in 4:57.

• Owensville sophomore Alton Harrell pinned Harrisonville’s Jarrick Fitzgeralds in 2:12.

In Class 1, the first-round winners were:

• St. James senior Nicholas DeClue (126) pinned Carrollton’s Jordan Creason in 2:47.

• St. James senior Zachary Pitts pinned Lathrop’s Trenton Scobee in 3:39.

• St. James senior Jason Walls pinned Butler’s Dalton Harris in 1:49.

Still in Contention

A further 11 area wrestlers won their wrestleback matches Thursday to stay in contention. However, these wrestlers now can place no higher than third if they happen to win through the rest of the event.

In Class 3, the four wrestleback winners were:

• Washington freshman Nicholas Solter (120), who won a 2-0 decision over Carthage’s Gage Gartner after losing to St. Charles’ Brandon Howard, 16-6.

• Pacific sophomore Jeff Miller (126) pinned Belton’s Clay Stine in 1:42 after losing by a 5:47 pin to Rolla’s Brad Watson.

• Union junior Devon Fennessey (138), who pinned Ladue’s Jeffrey Orr in 2:20 after losing by a 38-second pin to Neosho’s Jarred Brock. He is Union’s lone surviving wrestler.

• Washington sophomore Kyle Summers (170) took a 4-2 overtime win against Smith-Cotton’s Matt Kowalski after losing a 7-2 decision to Ft. Zumwalt East’s Jordan Femmer.

Three wrestlers bounced back in Class 2. They were:

• Sullivan senior Andrew Witt (106) took a 5-2 decision over Harrisonville’s Jericho Harris after losing a 19-6 major decision to Mexico’s Hunter Smith. He is the last Sullivan wrestler in contention.

• St. Clair sophomore Dustin Conner (152) came back with a disqualification win over Westminster’s Forrest Obenhaus. He fell to Cameron’s Nathan Neal in the opening round, 7-4.

• Owensville senior Kaleb Collins (285) pinned Cameron’s Brady Gunn in 44 seconds after losing to Buffalo’s Derick Harris by a 1:06 pin in the opening round.

St. James still had four wrestlers alive in the wrestleback rounds.

Representing the Tigers were:

• St. James freshman Daniel McCarthy (106) came back to win over Brookfield’s Blaine Sportsman in 3:42. He lost to Taylor Rogalski of Knob Noster by a 10-6 decision in the opening round.

• St. James junior Jake Gleason pinned Higginsville’s Drew Lefman in 44 seconds after losing to Tarkio’s Dakota Wooten in 1:24.

• St. James senior Kevin Jernigan (220) pinned Tarkio’s Sean Quimby in 1:24 after losing to Blair Oaks’ John Karsten, 8-4.

• St. James senior Ryan Pope (285) pinned Diamond’s Damion Spillman in 1:57 after losing to Lawson’s Dylan Morris in 43 seconds.

Knocked Out

The area’s 17 eliminated wrestlers, by class were:

Class 3:

• Pacific freshman Joseph Rind (106);

• Union junior Alex Gaebe (145);

• Union senior Narvell Smith (160);

• Union freshman Matthew Rice (182); and

• Union junior Joseph Parrott (195).

Class 2:

• Owensville freshman Kiowa Wright (120);

• Sullivan senior Josh Howell (138);

• Owensville freshman David Weirich (138);

• Sullivan junior Clayton Mayer (145);

• Owensville junior Cody Dolles (160);

• Sullivan junior Casey Philpot (170);

• Owensville senior Dietrich Bombach (170);

• St. Clair sophomore Skylar Hutchison (182); and

• Sullivan senior Sam Silkwood (195).

In Class 1, the three wrestlers eliminated were:

• St. James sophomore Sean Hunter (120);

• St. James sophomore Daniel Davis (132); and

• St. James senior Payton Woolsey (152).


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