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Falcons sending eight wrestlers to state

Fatima and Versailles advance five each

VERSAILLES, Mo. — Blair Oaks couldn’t quite pull out a district championship, but it will still be well represented at this week’s Class 1 State Wrestling Tournament.

The Falcons qualified eight wrestlers for the tournament, finishing third in Class 1 District 2 action which wrapped up Saturday.

Seneca won the event with 180 points. Holden was second with 171.5 while Blair Oaks was third with 148.5.

Logan Mudd (138) and Eli Roberts (182) both took first place for Blair Oaks. Mudd won his title match by forfeit while Roberts defeated Knob Noster’s Nick Vansell by a 4-2 decision.

The Falcons nearly had four district champs as Frankie Falotico (120) and John Karsten (220) grabbed second-place finishes. Karsten dropped a 1-0 decision to Derek Morgan of Knob Noster in his title match while Falotico lost by fall to Seneca’s Will Roark.

Zach Barlow finished third at 152 while Payton Lackman (126), Alex Gaydos (132) and Brad Thomas (145) all took fourth place.

Fatima, which finished seventh overall, will send five wrestlers to the state tournament.

A pair of Comets won district titles as Cody Huhn took first place at 102, winning his title match 4-2 against Holden’s Coby Seiz. Ryan Strope at 126 went undefeated in the tournament, picking up an 8-2 win in his title match against Cole Lankford of Seneca.

Luke DeOrnellis took second at 145, Caleb Schroeder was third at 120 and Matthew Jones was fourth at 195.

Versailles, which finished in sixth place as a team, did not have any district champions but will send five wrestlers to state. Ely Roberts at 132 took second place to lead the way for the Tigers.

Zach Vogt (170) and Wesley Davidson (185) both took third place. Dalton Schmidt (106) and Nathan Long (113) both took fourth.

Tipton, which finished in 12th place, did not have any wrestlers qualify for the tournament.

The state tournament gets underway at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

See also:

District wrestling tournament results

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