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Fatima sophomore takes third

Fatima sophomore takes third

February 23rd, 2014 in News

COLUMBIA, Mo. - After suffering a tough loss in Friday night's semifinals, it would have been understandable if Fatima's Cody Huhn was still hurting Saturday.

Instead, Huhn put the hurt to his opponents in a pair of matches at the Class 1 state tournament.

Huhn bounced back from a 4-3 loss to Maplewood's Romelle Person in the semis to place third in the state at 120 pounds.

"Today's performance wasn't questionable," Fatima coach Kurt Strope said. "It was go out and get a pin and then a decisive win in the second match. He did a good job getting refocused."

Huhn said it was a chance for him to get the bad taste out of his mouth from Friday.

"It felt good knowing that I wasn't out and I could come back and still get third," he said. "That's what I was pushing for after I lost. I wanted to prove I should have been third, or higher."

The sophomore started Saturday with a win by fall in just 53 seconds against London Gaydos of Blair Oaks.

"He came back and got right after it," Strope said. "That's what you want to see."

Then in the third-place match, the Comet never trailed while beating Gallatin's Wyatt Bird 8-2.

Huhn got a first-period takedown to lead 2-0. Two more takedowns in the second period, sandwiched around an escape for Bird, made it 6-1 heading into the final period.

Huhn got another takedown for an 8-2 lead and an escape by Bird with :17 left closed out the scoring.

"I knew the kids in the back were guys I'd beaten already, so I just had to come in and clear my head and wrestle smart," Huhn said.

With the wins, Huhn ends his season with a record of 23-4.

"A third-place finish for a sophomore, you can't ask for more than that," Strope said.

One other area wrestler, Versailles' Willie Schotte, earned a medal Saturday by going 1-1 to finish in fifth place.

After losing by fall in wrestlebacks to Whitfield's Andrew McLaughlin, Schotte won his fifth-place match by injury default when Polo's Jake Hicks was unable to compete.

Schotte ends the season with a record of 23-6.

Additional state wrestling coverage:

Blair Oaks captures state wrestling title

Jays earn four medals

Helias builds character during difficult season

State Wrestling: Area team and individual results