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Cavaliers finish second in home duals tournament

by Tom Rackers | January 9, 2022 at 12:33 a.m.

The Capital City Cavaliers are working their way through the process of preparing for the postseason.

It’s showing up in the results on the wrestling mat.

“We can see the kids are learning what we’re teaching them, what we’ve done in practice, they’re showing on the mat,” Capital City coach Mitch Werdehausen said Saturday after the Cavaliers took second in the Capital City Duals Tournament at Capital City High School.

Capital City finished 4-1 in duals.

“We wrestled tough all day, I’m really proud of the effort,” Werdehausen said. “To make the finals in a 10-team duals tournament, it was a very good day for our kids.”

The Cavaliers opened with victories against Westminster Christian (72-9), Rock Bridge (66-18), Moberly (38-34) and Liberty North (42-40) to advance to the title match.

Capital City won the final three matches — Austin Feely a 6-3 decision at 106 pounds, Sterling Wheatley a win by fall at 113 and AJ Kempker a 3-2 decision at 120 — against Moberly to get that pivotal victory.

“We had kids that had to step up and pull off some wins, we had some kids step into the lineup for kid that were injured,” Werdehausen said. “They knew what they had to do today and they got it done.”

Jefferson City defeated Capital City 52-21 for the title in what likely will count as the Central Missouri Activities Conference dual between the two schools.

Feely finished 5-0 on the day.

Hurley Jacobs Jr. was 4-0 for Capital City at 220, with three of his wins coming by first-period falls.

“He’s always solid for us and he was again today,” Werdehausen said.

Kempker was 4-1 for the Cavaliers, as was Eli Schuemann at 132. Two of Schuemann’s wins came on first-period falls.

Wheatley was 2-1 in the tournament for the Cavaliers, with both wins coming by pins in the first period.

Finishing at 3-2 were Bishop Boyd at 126, Levi Casey at 138, Eythn Otto at 152 and Eli Jenkins at 160. All of Jenkins’ wins were by fall, two in the first period. Otto won twice by fall.

Going 3-2 for the Cavaliers were Jabari Hubbard at 170, Landon McNeil at 182, Kaleob Latham at 195 and Greg Porting at 285. Jeremiah Austin was 1-4 at 145. DeMarus Llydon-Allen was 1-1 at 113, while Adam Alonzo was 1-0 at 220.

The Cavaliers are back in action Tuesday in a CMAC dual against Smith-Cotton in Sedalia.

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