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story.lead_photo.caption Ethyn Otto of Capital City keeps hold of Jefferson City's Trae Hendricks during their 152-pound match Saturday in the CMAC Tournament at Rackers Fieldhouse. Photo by Ken Barnes / News Tribune.

Capital City coach Mitch Werdehausen believes the Cavaliers can be a talented team.

Now it's a matter of convincing the Cavaliers of that.

"Sometimes we just need to get out of our own heads and realize we can compete at a high level," Werdehausen said Saturday after the Cavaliers finished sixth in the Central Missouri Activities Conference Tournament at Rackers Fieldhouse. "We have to know that."

The Cavaliers finished with 59 points in the seven-team event. Jefferson City was first with 200.5.

Bahshi Traylor was the lone Cavalier to wrestle for a title. At 195 pounds, Traylor lost by fall to Jakeil Hayes of Jefferson City in the second period.

"He's got a few things to work on because there's a chance they will meet again in the district final in a couple of weeks," Werdehausen said. "Hopefully, we can flip the script next time."

Two Cavaliers — Austin Feely at 106 and Sterling Wheatley at 113 — finished third. Feely won by a second-period fall against Blake Burks of Sedalia Smith-Cotton in his third-place match, while Wheatley defeated Dominic Stafford of Jefferson City 13-4 to win his medal.

"Austin and Sterling both wrestled well," Werdehausen said.

AJ Kempker at 120, Eli Jenkins at 145 and Matt Boyer at 182 all finished fourth for the Cavaliers.

"Matt wrestled hard in every match," Werdehausen said.

Justin Sullins Jr. at 132, Ty Wood at 138, Ethyn Otto at 152, Jabari Hubbard at 160, Girbril Wilson at 170 and Greg Porting at 285 did not place for the Cavaliers.

"There were battles in a lot of matches," Werdehausen said. "We came on our top of some, came out short in some others. We knew it was going to be tough."

Capital City is off until the Class 4 District 6 Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Fleming Fieldhouse. Werdehausen his happy to have some time off before the start of the postseason.

"We're going to hope nobody at the tournament gave COVID to somebody by accident and everybody came out of this healthy and ready to go in a couple of weeks," Werdehausen said. "It's good we're going to have some time to get ready for the most important part of the season."

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