Jays wrestling wins Hickman Tournament

COLUMBIA —The Jefferson City Jays placed seven wrestlers in the finals Saturday and took the team title at the Hickman Tournament.

Jefferson City, despite being open at three weights, totaled 286 points to take team honors in the 12-school event. Parkway South was second at 259, followed by Northwest: Cedar Hill (251), Rock Bridge (247), Blue Springs South (227) and Camdenton (198).

“It was a great tournament for us,” Jays coach Phil Cagle said. “Everybody that went scored important points for us.”

Jalen Martin was the lone Jay to win his weight class, taking honors at 170 pounds. Martin won four times by fall and once by technical fall in finishing 6-0 in the two-day event. He won the title with a 6-2 decision against Sam Pennington of Rockwood Summit.

Six Jays finished second in the tournament.

• At 106, Dennis Barnes finished 4-1, with two wins by fall. He lost 8-2 to Shaun Beeman of Fort Zumwalt North in the title match.

• At 120, Corbin Howard was 4-1 with one win by fall and one by technical fall. He fell 4-2 to Joshua Kline of Rock Bridge for the title.

• At 132, Jacob Brune went 6-1, including two wins by fall and another by technical fall. He dropped a 4-3 decision to Quinn Smith of Rock Bridge in the championship.

• At 138, Alec Bise went 4-2, with two wins by fall. He fell 7-2 to Jason Kiehne of Rock Bridge for the title.

• At 145, Logan Moriarity finished 6-1 in the tournament. He won all five of his pool matches by fall. Moriarity lost 4-0 to Sam Crane of Rock Bridge for the championship.

• At 160, Devin Miller also was 6-1 for the Jays, including four victories by fall. He fell 3-0 to Michael Aldrich of Parkway South in the title match.

“The championship round looked like Jefferson City against an all-star team,” Cagle joked. “We just ran into a lot of good wrestlers in the finals.”

Logan Coil was third for the Jays at 285. He was 4-2, with all his wins coming by fall, including against Phillip Reitz of Joplin in his final match.

Two Jays finished fifth — Zach Benges at 113 and Ian Coil at 195. Benges was 5-2, with two wins by fall, including against Bryce Davis of Oakville in his last match. Coil finished 4-2, with three wins by fall, including against Brendan Abbott of Rockwood Summit in his final match.

Tanner Irwin was sixth at 152, finishing 5-2 with two wins by fall.

The Jays were open at 126, 182 and 220.

Jefferson City is back in action Tuesday at home against Hickman before heading Wednesday to Blue Springs.

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