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Fatima has pair of second-place finishers in district tourney

Fatima has pair of second-place finishers in district tourney

February 10th, 2019 by News Tribune in Sports Prep

KNOB NOSTER, Mo. — Lucas Laux repeated as district champion Saturday, finishing first at 120 pounds to lead the Fatima Comets at the Class 1 District 2 Tournament.

Laux is one of five qualifiers for the Comets for the Class 1 state tournament, which begins Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

In the semifinal, Laux won by fall in 49 seconds. He claimed the district title with a win by technical fall in 5:05 against Seneca's Clayton Swadley in the championship match.

Laux, ranked No. 2 in the state, has a 41-2 record after going 3-0 in districts.

Jason Strope finished second at 106, as did Blake Wiles at 132 for the Comets.

Strope won 2-0 in overtime against Knob Noster's Sam Wilhelm — who was 44-0 entering the match — in the semifinals. He then dropped a 6-2 decision to Seneca's Levi Connelly in the first-place match.

Strope, ranked No. 5, went 2-1 at districts to move his overall record to 37-5.

Wiles won 1-0 in the semifinals before losing by fall to Knob Noster's Conner Johnston in the championship match. He heads to state with a 32-8 record, going 3-1 at districts.

Finishing fourth for Fatima were Zak Tune at 113 and Samuel Martin at 138.

Tune lost 12-3 in the semifinals, then bounced back with a win by technical fall in the consolation semifinals to clinch a spot at state. He lost 7-4 to Holden's Logan Yoder in the third-place finish, going 2-2 at districts to make his record 26-7.

Martin followed a 13-6 loss in the semifinals with a second-period pin in the consolation finals. He then lost a 3-2 decision in the third-place match, falling to 15-7 with a 2-2 record at districts.

Other district finishers for the Comets were Josh Even at 126 (0-2), Luke Schroeder at 145 (2-2), Jason Woodruff at 182 (1-2), Caleb Reinkemeyer at 195 (2-2) and Conner Temmen at 285 (0-2). Woodruff finished one win shy of qualifying for state, losing 4-1 to Holden's Zach Smith in the consolation semifinals.

Fatima finished eighth in the team standings with 101 points.

III

Michael Trotter won a district championship at 182 pounds Saturday to lead the Versailles Tigers at the Class 1 District 2 Tournament.

Trotter posted a 3-0 record in districts, picking up a pair of pins in his two matches on the second day of competition. He won by fall in 3:16 against Knob Noster's Preston Ross in the championship match.

Trotter, ranked No. 3 in the state, improved his season record to 38-3.

Versailles qualified five wrestlers for the Class 1 state tournament, which begins Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

Levi Rand, Payton Lafoy and Riley Rademann each took second place, while Clayton Coleman finished third for the Tigers at districts.

Rand won by major decision in the semifinals at 113 before losing by fall to Seneca's Kendon Pollard in the championship match. Rand's season record is 31-3.

Lafoy also sealed his spot at state with a win by major decision in the semifinals at 126. He lost 14-5 to Diamond's Kolbe Jones in the title match, dropping his season record to 31-11.

Rademann won 6-3 in the semifinals at 195 before dropping a 7-0 decision to Knob Noster's Steve Elwell in the title match. Rademann, ranked No. 3, heads to state with a 40-6 record.

Coleman lost by fall in the semifinals at 120, but finished districts with back-to-back wins. He won 7-4 in the third-place match to improve to 15-12.

Other district finishers for the Tigers were Kannen Wilson at 106 (1-2), Brycen Reynolds at 132 (2-2), Emanuel Bryant at 138 (2-2), Ben Dornan at 145 (0-2), Connor Lehman at 152 (2-2), Lucas Schrock at 160 (0-2), Caiden Coontz at 170 (1-2), Gage Tessier at 220 (1-2) and Damian Murray at 285 (1-2).

Wilson, Reynolds, Lehman and Tessier all lost in the consolation semifinals, finishing one win short of qualifying for state.

Versailles took third place in the team standings with 130.5 points.