Versailles takes 14th in Battle at Valley

The competition was tough.

The grapplers of Versailles took a road trip to Marshall over the weekend to take on 41 other schools in the Battle at Valley Tournament and the Tigers finished 14th in the final team standings with 211 points while Gallatin won the event with 457.5 points.

Versailles coach Shawn Brantley said it was not a bad weekend for his team considering the challenges they faced.

“This is maybe the toughest Class 1 tournament in the state. This is as close as you can get to simulating districts and state,” he noted. “The kids all get eight matches over two days, so you have to be pretty tough mentally to wrestle at a high level the entire time and push through the fatigue, aches and pains.”

Versailles may not have finished where it would have liked, but it did not stop the Tigers from recording a few highlights. Michael Trotter put together the best performance of the weekend finishing third in the 182-pound weight class with five pins to improve to 22-2 on the year while Kooper Wilson (138) finished seventh, but improved to 19-5 and recorded his 100th career win in the process with three pins, a 3-1 sudden victory, a 14-7 decision and a medical forfeit. Last but not least, Riley Rademan (195) finished sixth and earned a medal with four pins, an 11-5 decision and a 7-2 decision to improve to 21-5. 

Payton Lafoy (120) finished ninth and improved to 19-4 with six pins. Clayton Coleman (126) placed 18th and recorded two pins and a 13-1 major decision and 13-4 major decision to move to 11-6. Brycen Reynolds (132) earned 15th with a pin, a 9-4 decision and medical forfeit to move to 9-15. Gage Ward (145) fell to 5-13 with four tough defeats. Dallas Waller (152) placed 20th with a pin to move to 4-19 on the year. Mason Hibdon (160) won a pin and placed 16th with a record of 6-16 on the season. Kendall Cann (170) finished 26th and won two pins in the process for a record of 5-20. Walker Schotte (220) finished his weekend with four pins to take 11th and move to 7-5 on the season. Last but not least, Damian Murray (285) finished 16th and fell to 3-7 with five tough defeats.

“I think we learned a lot about what we do well, what needs some work and just where we stand as we prepare for the second half of the season,” Brantley said. “None of the guys were satisfied with where they finished individually and where we finished as a team. I think that will push them to keep improving.”

Versailles wrapped up its last event of 2017 and the Tigers will have a little time off before returning to the mats in 2018 with a trip to Father Tolton on January 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Osage wrestlers take on Willard, Reed Springs and Buffalo

Osage hit the mats Thursday night in Buffalo for a quad dual and it was a tough night for the Indians who lost to the host Bison 51-21 and Willard 70 to 9. Results against Reeds Spring were not available at the time of press.

Kody Dowell got things started for Osage with an 8-2 decision in the 120-pound class against Buffalo. Austin Magnuson (145) and Dillon VanNevel (285) both picked up pins and Corey Hubkey (132) earned a win via forfeit.

In the second match against Willard, Osage left four weight classes uncontested while Magnuson (145) picked up a 3-2 tiebreaker and VanNevel recorded another pin.

Osage will return to the mats in 2018 when the Indians host Marshfield and Helias on January 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Camdenton wrestlers battle at Harrisonville Tournament

Camdenton was in tournament action over the weekend as the Lakers took on 23 other teams in the Harrisonville Holiday Tournament.

The Lakers placed 21st with a team score of 381 points and Seneca won the event with 717.5 points respectively.

Camdenton’s Gabe Blain had the best Laker finish for the weekend placing fifth in the 138-pound class with two pins, an 18-2 technical fall, a 6-2 decision and an 11-3 major decision to improve to 14-4.

Grant Garrett (106) finished ninth with four pins and a 17-1 technical fall ti improve to 16-3. Jacob Fuglsang (113) placed 12th with a pin and 11-6 decision to move to 12-6. Colton Libby (120) recorded four pins and an 11-5 decision to place ninth and improve to 13-7. Ryan Rothove (132) also placed ninth with two pins, a 10-2 major decision, a 3-1 decision and a 12-4 decision to improve to 14-5. Winton Neal (145) finished his day in ninth with three pins, an 11-5 decision and a 9-2 decision to improve to 11-3. Jesus Ramirez (152) placed 11th with four pins and an 8-2 decision to improve to 13-5. Last but not least, Blake Lapine (160) earned 13th with a pin, a 4-0 decision, an 8-6 sudden victory and a 6-0 decision to move to 13-5 on the season.

Camdenton will be back in action Tuesday night to host Bolivar and Buffalo in a tri-dual at 5 p.m.

Eldon wrestlers hit the mats for Spartan Duals

Eldon wrestlers were busy over the weekend wrestling nine other schools in dual action at the Spartan Duals in Moberly.

The Mustangs finished 4-5 on the day with wins over Affton, Boonville, Sullivan and Priory and losses to Chillicothe, Moberly, Fulton, Southern Boone and St. James. However, Eldon competed with three open weight classes in its lineup with the injury bug playing a factor.

Shane Strickland represented Eldon in the 106-pound class where he earned two pins and three victories via forfeit. Aiden Gerber (120) won two pins, a 12-5 decision at 126, a 6-3 decision and three victories via forfeit. Isaiah Simmons (126) picked up three pins of which one took place at 120 and two forfeits. Trenton Phillips (138) finished his weekend with a pin and two forfeit wins. Hunter Waller (145) recorded three pins, a 10-1 major decision, a 15-10 decision and two forfeits. Brent Mullet (152) came away with a single forfeit victory. Dawson Brandt (182) earned three pins with one coming at 195, a 4-3 decision, a 9-2 decision at 195 and two forfeits. Kaden Dillon (195) picked up five pins with one coming at 220 and two forfeits. Last but not least, Scott Johnson (285) finished the event with two pins and three forfeit victories.

Eldon is done with 2017 and will look to get ready for a strong finish to the second half of the season in 2018 when the Mustangs visit Holden on January 4 at 6 p.m.