Johnson concludes dominating season with state title

Jared Johnson of the Jefferson City Jays gets a hug from his father, Steve, after claiming the Class 4 195-pound state title Saturday night at Mizzou Arena.

Jared Johnson of the Jefferson City Jays gets a hug from his father, Steve, after claiming the Class 4 195-pound state title Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. Photo by Kris Wilson.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Former Jefferson City High School wrestling coach Steve Johnson has seen thousands of wrestling matches during his lifetime.

But he said he’s never seen anything like what his son Jared accomplished Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

When Jared Johnson pinned Ozark’s Willy Gray to win the 195-pound state title at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championships, it wasn’t an ordinary state championship.

He won his first career state title and he tied fellow senior Cole Baumgartner for the most wins in school history.

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But the most unbelievable thing? Jared pinned every wrestler that stepped onto the mat with him this season.

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