Jays third at district wrestling tournament

Cole Baumgartner of Jefferson City prepares to pin Keegan Loyd of Joplin during their 126-pound match Friday in the Class 4 District 3 Tournament at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Cole Baumgartner of Jefferson City prepares to pin Keegan Loyd of Joplin during their 126-pound match Friday in the Class 4 District 3 Tournament at Fleming Fieldhouse. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

The Jefferson City Jays are about where head coach Phil Cagle thought they would be after the first day of the Class 4 District 3 wrestling tournament.

But they were oh-so-close to being better than expected.

The Jays lost a pair of quarterfinal matches in overtime and sit in third place after Friday’s action at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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Ozark is in first place with 66 points. Defending Class 4 state champion Blue Springs is second with 61, followed by the Jays with 50. The Jays finished third as a team in last year’s district tournament.

All 14 wrestlers for Jefferson City are still alive, and five advanced to today’s semifinals.

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