Jays do well against tough competition at C.C. Invitational

The Jefferson City Jays saw some tough competition on the opening night of the Capital City Invitational.

That’s what they wanted.

“We’re pretty happy,” Jefferson City coach Phil Cagle said as the Jays totaled 56.5 points in action Friday night at Fleming Fieldhouse. “We’re trying to wrestle the toughest kids we can to get ready for the end of the season. We had some kids learn some things.”

The Jays had four wrestlers finish undefeated in their Black Division matches Friday night. Hunter Neighbors at 112 pounds, Tanner Frank at 145, and J.J. Johnson at 285 were all 4-0. Jared Johnson was 3-0 with a bye at 189.

Neighbors dominated his competition, winning three matches by fall and the fourth by technical fall. Frank won three times by fall, while J.J. Johnson scored a pair of first-period pins.

Jared Johnson won his first two matches by fall in the first period before squaring off against Michael Riney of Jackson. Johnson won the battle of state-ranked wrestlers by a deceptively close score of 3-0.

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“It was a nice job,” Cagle said. “He controlled the match by controlling the pace.”

Two Jays — Cole Baumgartner at 119 and Cameron Cotten at 152 — finished 3-1. Baumgartner won his three matches by fall, while his 9-8 loss to Levi Rayburn of Jackson was his first defeat of the season.

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