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Eldon, Fatima and Versailles represented in championship bouts

Eldon, Fatima and Versailles represented in championship bouts

February 16th, 2019 by News Tribune in Sports Prep

Jason Strope of Fatima tries to keep Dallas Grippando of Mid-Buchanan on the mat Friday during their 106-pound match in the Class 1 state wrestling championships at Mizzou Arena.

Photo by Jenna Kieser /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA — Four area wrestlers will compete for a state title today in the Class 1 and 2 state wrestling championships at Mizzou Arena.

The Eldon Mustangs have two wrestlers in title matches, as Dawson Brandt and Isaiah Simmons each finished 2-0 in Friday's action.

Brandt, a senior, started with a win by fall in 1:47 against St. Joseph Lafayette's Dakwan Zamor at 182 pounds during the morning session in the Class 2 quarterfinals. In the evening, he picked up a 6-4 win against Sullivan's Evan Shetley, who is ranked No. 2. Brandt never trailed in the match and scored a takedown late in the third period to secure the win.

Simmons, a senior, won by fall in 1:37 against Cameron's Coleman Oxford in the quarterfinals at 113, then followed that up with a 6-4 overtime win against Moberly's Zach Lewis, who is ranked No. 1. Simmons trailed 4-1 after one period, tied the match at 4 through three and scored the winning takedown midway through the overtime period.

Fatima sophomore Lucas Laux will compete in a title match for the second straight season to lead the Comets.

Laux won both of his matches by fall, pinning New Madrid County Central's Austin Perry in 2:36 in the Class 1 quarterfinals at 120. He then pinned Lathrop's Drystan Dotson in 3:58 to get back to the title match. Laux and Dotson were tied at 2 after one period, but Laux got an escape and then a takedown before finishing with the second-period pin.

Versailles senior Michael Trotter started the day with a win by fall in 4:41 against Lawson's Cade Killingsworth in the Class 1 quarterfinals at 182. Trotter then won a 10-4 decision against Marceline's Seth Cupp, opening the match with six straight points.

The championship matches are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. today.

Up first will be Simmons (29-2), who is ranked No. 4 at 113 in Class 2 and finished fourth last season at 120. He will face Excelsior Springs junior Ethan Day (38-5), who is ranked No. 3.

Laux (44-2), who is ranked No. 2 at 120 in Class 1 and finished second last season at 113, will take on Whitfield sophomore Logan Ferrero (37-6), who is ranked No. 1 and was last year's state champion at 106.

Trotter (41-3), who is ranked No. 3 at 182 in Class 1 and finished fifth last season in that same weight class, will battle Lathrop senior Justin Wright (43-2), the top-ranked wrestler at 182 and last year's runner-up at 170.

Brandt (51-2), who is ranked No. 3 at 182 in Class 2 and finished fourth last season in that same weight class, will go against St. Clair senior Ryan Herman (50-0), who is ranked No. 1 and placed third last season at 152.

Seven more area wrestlers secured state medals Friday and will compete in the fourth-round wrestlebacks, which begin at 9:30 a.m. today.

Fatima has three wrestlers still alive in the wrestleback rounds, giving the Comets four state medalists out of five state qualifiers. Jason Strope and Blake Wiles each went 2-1 on Friday, while Martin went 2-0.

Strope, a sophomore, lost 5-4 to Whitfield's Evan Binder in the quarterfinals at 106. He responded with a win by technical fall in 3:55 against Gateway's Adrian Rizvic, followed by a pin in 2:50 against Mid-Buchanan's Dallas Grippando in the bubble match.

Strope (40-6), ranked No. 5, will face Rock Port's Ethan Wood in his first match today.

Wiles, a sophomore, lost 9-3 to Polo's Wyatt Segar in the quarterfinals at 132, followed by back-to-back wins. He won by fall in 2:36 against McCluer South-Berkeley's Jynelle Evans and then won 7-4 against Lawson's Kyle Sizemore.

Wiles (35-9) faces Knob Noster's Conner Johnston in the fourth-round wrestlebacks.

Martin, a senior, won both his matches in the wrestlebacks at 138. He won by medical forfeit against North Callaway's Jadon Henry and then won 2-1 against Butler's Zack Wicks to secure a medal.

Martin (18-8) will go against Adrian's Cole Ritter in his next match.

School of the Osage had a pair of freshmen wrestlers come up short in the Class 2 semifinals.

Ryan Schepers won by technical fall in 5:18 against St. James' Frank Parsons in the quarterfinals at 120, then dropped a 6-3 decision to top-ranked Sam Hrabovsky of Fulton in the semifinals.

Chase Cordia picked up a 7-5 win against Dexter's Travis Waldner, the second-ranked wrestler's first loss of the season. Cordia, however, dropped a 15-5 major decision to St. Joseph Benton's Cristian Dixon, ranked No. 1 at 138.

Schepers (40-4) will begin today's action against Kirksville's Logan Blickhan, while Cordia (38-6) is matched up against Excelsior Springs' Hunter Williams.

Eldon junior Kaden Dillon won 6-4 against second-ranked Chance Richards of Moberly in the quarterfinals at 195, but he followed that with a 12-8 loss to Lutheran: St. Charles' Anthony Heard.

Dillon (38-5) wrestles next against Monett's Wesley Merriman in the fourth-round wrestlebacks.

Versailles junior Riley Rademann also secured a state medal Friday at 195. He won 8-3 against Maysville's Cole Gripka in the quarterfinals and lost 7-2 to Father Tolton's Montgomery Mills in the semifinals.

Rademann (42-7) will face Trenton's Jadan Wright next.

Five area wrestlers had their seasons come to an end in Friday's competition.

Fatima sophomore Zak Tune won by fall (2:36) against Brookfield's Jaden Abongo at 113, but he followed that with a loss by fall in 4:50 to Palmyra's Braydan Stevens. Tune finished the season with a 28-9 record.

Tipton's lone state qualifier, Drew Loganbill, went 0-1 Friday in the Class 1 state tournament at 138. He lost by fall (3:37) to Butler's Zack Wicks in the second-round wrestlebacks, ending the season at 25-17.

Versailles had three wrestlers lose their second match of the state tournament on Day 2.

In the second-round wrestlebacks, freshman Levi Rand lost 10-8 to Plattsburg's Joseph Hofmeister at 113, while senior Clayton Coleman lost by fall (:37) to New Madrid County Central's Austin Perry at 120. Rand ends the season with a 32-5 record, while Coleman finished at 16-14.

Junior Payton LaFoy went 0-2 on Friday for the Tigers. At 126, he lost 6-0 to Mid-Buchanan's Tim Speer in the quarterfinals, followed by a 6-4 loss to Gallatin's Aydan Wayne in the second-round wrestlebacks. LaFoy had a season record of 32-13.