Versailles and Osage battle at Marshall Invite

The grapplers of Versailles and Osage made a trip to Marshall over the weekend where the Tigers placed seventh out of 17 teams and the Indians placed 13th in the Marshall Invitational.

Despite only having eight wrestlers in its lineup with some injury and illness issues, Versailles put up some notable finishes and even had one champion before the weekend was done.

“Hopefully we have everyone back in the lineup this week,” Versailles coach Shawn Brantley said. “Overall, we wrestled fairly well. Our conditioning is not quite where it needs to be yet, but I felt technique wise, the things that were issues before Christmas looked a lot better.”

Riley Rademann had the best finish for the Tigers as he won the 195-pound weight class. Michael Trotter (182) placed second, Kooper Wilson (138) took third and Payton Lafoy (120) earned fourth, Meanwhile, Ben Dornan (113) and Joe Shady (285) placed sixth while Gage Ward (145) came in eighth and Kendall Cann (160) finished his day in 11th.

It was not a bad day for Osage either as the Indians only had six wrestlers in action over the weekend.

Returning state medalist Austin Magnuson put up the best finish, taking second in the 145-pound weight class. Jack Creasy (145) finished fourth, Matt Russell (195) came in fifth, Kody Dowell (120) put up a seventh place finish and Steven Crosby (132) finished his day in 10th.

Versailles will be back in action for its “Mat Warming” night on Thursday against Butler and Southern Boone. First match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Osage will look to get ready for the Owensville Tournament on Saturday, which starts at 9 a.m.

Eldon picks up a pair of wins in Crossroads Duals

Eldon went to battle at the Crossroads Duals in Cameron over the weekend where the Mustangs finished the day 2-3 and seventh out of 10 teams.

Eldon grinded out a 37-36 win over Savannah and 40-39 win over St. James, but fell to Mexico 58-21, Springdale Har-Ber (Arkansas) 68-9 and Odessa 49 to 19. However, Eldon did compete with four open spots in their lineup, conceding 24 uncontested points to their opponents.

Trenton Dillon (160) had the best weekend for Eldon as he stayed unbeaten with three pins, a 13-4 major decision and a forfeit.

Shane Strickland picked up two forfeits in the 113-pound weight class. Isaiah Simmons (120) earned a pin and picked up two forfeits. Aiden Gerber (126) came away also picked up two forfeits and a 12-9 decision. Zach VanHooser (138) and Hunter Waller (145) and Brent Mullett finished their day with a single forfeit. Dawson Brandt (182) earned a 14-4 major decision, a 10-2 major decision and a 7-3 decision. Kaden Dillon (195) won a 9-3 decision and two pins. Last but not least, Scott Johnson (285) won a 7-5 decision and a forfeit.

Eldon will visit Hallsville Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m., before the Mustangs return home Wednesday night to host Battle (Columbia) and Jefferson City at the same time.