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Mustangs claim trio of individual district titles

Mustangs claim trio of individual district titles

February 10th, 2019 by News Tribune in Sports Prep

MONETT, Mo. — The Eldon Mustangs had three district champions crowned Saturday at the Class 2 District 3 Tournament.

Dawson Brandt posted a 4-0 record at 182 pounds to win his district title, while Isaiah Simmons and Kaden Dillon went 3-0 at 113 and 195, respectively, to take first place.

Brandt began the second day of districts with an 11-3 win in the semifinals. He overcame a 4-0 deficit in the first period of the championship match, scoring a late takedown to win 8-7 against Buffalo's Peter Herrera.

Brandt, ranked No. 3 in the state, has a 48-2 record.

Simmons, ranked No. 4, won both of his matches Saturday by fall. He pinned Bolivar's Canyon Cunningham in 5:48 to take first place and improve his season record to 26-2.

Dillon, ranked No. 3, also had a pair of wins by fall to finish the district tournament. His pin in 5:13 against Monett's Wesley Merriman in the championship match made his season record 36-4.

The three are Eldon's lone state qualifiers for the Class 2 state tournament, which begins Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

Other district finishers for the Mustangs were Aidan Gerber at 120 (1-2), Killian Wilson at 126 (0-2), Zachery VanHooser at 132 (0-2), Hunter Waller at 138 (1-2), Gabriel Dobbs at 152 (0-2), Jonathan Schoenfeld at 220 (1-2) and Scott Johnson at 285 (0-2).

Eldon came in seventh place out of 15 teams in the district standings with 86 points. Monett won the district title with 184 points, followed by Bolivar in second place with 173.5 points.

III

The School of the Osage Indians had a pair of runner-up finishers Saturday at the Class 2 District 3 Tournament.

Ryan Schepers and Chase Cordia are the Indians' lone qualifiers for the Class 2 state tournament, which begins Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

Schepers clinched a berth in the state tournament with a 6-4 semifinal win at 120 pounds. He then lost 13-8 in the championship match to Monett's Karter Brink.

Schepers, ranked No. 2 in the state, has a 38-3 record.

Cordia won by fall in his semifinal match at 138 to qualify for state. He lost 8-3 to Odessa's Gavin Gross in the title match.

Cordia, ranked No. 6, goes to state with a 37-5 record.

The Indians had a pair of wrestlers come up one win short of advancing to state.

Kody Dowell went 2-2 at 126, losing 5-0 to Oak Grove's Keegan Scarborough in the consolation semifinals. Jackson Cresy also finished 2-2 at 170, falling 5-2 to Odessa's Hunter Hansken in the consolation semifinals.

Other district finishers for the Indians include Jacob Zelle at 106 (0-2), Mason Dulle at 132 (2-2), Corey Hubkey at 145 (0-2), Aaron Cuddy at 152 (1-2), Jesse Schillinger at 182 (0-2), Connor Arrowood at 195 (1-2) and Shane Thomas at 220 (0-2).

Osage finished ninth in the team standings with 69 points.