Seven Falcons garner victories

Blair Oaks’ Eli Roberts pulls down Stanberry’s Kevin Stoll during their 160-pound match Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Roberts won the match 7-1.

Blair Oaks’ Eli Roberts pulls down Stanberry’s Kevin Stoll during their 160-pound match Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Roberts won the match 7-1. Photo by Julie Smith.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The state wrestling tournament is all about adjusting your goals as you go along — period by period, match by match, round by round.

After a successful first day of the Class 1 Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championships, it’s the last scenario that faces the Blair Oaks Falcons.

Seven of eight Falcons won their opening-day matches to advance to today’s quarterfinal round, putting Blair Oaks fifth in the team race with 23 points. In today’s round, the Falcons will be looking to gain ground on the leader, Whitfield (36), as well as Brookfield (24), St. James (24) and Lathrop (23.5).

“We’re going where we need to,” Blair Oaks coach Tim Karsten said after Thursday’s action at Mizzou Arena.

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