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story.lead_photo.caption Michael Sanner of Helias works for the pin against Tyler Soendker of Sedalia Smith-Cotton during their 285-pound match Saturday in the CMAC Tournament at Rackers Fieldhouse. Photo by Ken Barnes / News Tribune.

As the championship matches got rolling Saturday, Helias coach Weston Keleher made himself comfortable in his chair next to the mat.

With wrestlers in eight of the first nine individual championship matches, he didn't have anywhere to go.

"My seat stayed warm," Keleher said.

The Crusaders won six of those matches as Helias finished second as a team in the Central Missouri Activities Conference Tournament at Rackers Fieldhouse.

"We compete well in tournaments, this has been a tournament team all year," Keleher said.

Gage Lock at 106 pounds, Carter Prenger at 113, Jack Lage at 120, Jacob Schrimpf at 132, Wyatt Forck at 145 and Nikolai Careaga at 152 all claimed titles for the Crusaders.

Helias totaled 178 team points to finish behind Jefferson City's total of 200.5.

"We get a lot of bonus points," Keleher said. "That makes us a decent dual team, but when we transition to tournaments, it's a big help. We're not penalized by having some holes in the lineup as much."

Lock defeated Da'Juan Wallace of Jefferson City 8-7 to win the title at 106. At 113, Prenger picked up his second win by fall in the tournament with a second-period pin against Jacob Huggans of Hickman.

Lage, in his first action in a couple of weeks, had a win by fall in his first match before taking a 6-2 decision against Braden Werdehausen of Jefferson City for the title at 120.

At 132, Schrimpf captured the title with a pair of wins by decision, including a 7-5 victory against Ethan Barr of Hickman for the championship. Forck won both of his matches at 145 by fall, including a first-period victory against Ben Cardetti of Rock Bridge for the title.

Careaga wrapped up the Crusader title winners, winning twice by decision at 152. He bested Owen Twaddle of Rock Bridge 4-2 for the crown.

Carson Hayes at 138 and Alex Tesreau at 160 both finished second for Helias. Hayes dropped a 3-0 decision to Joe Kuster of Jefferson City, while Tesreau fell by an overtime decision to Marquis McCaster of Rock Bridge.

Jace Duemmel was third at 126 for the Crusaders, while Lincoln Mertens at 170 and Tanner Nappier at 195 both finished fourth. Michael Sanner did not place at 285.

"This team goes out and scraps, fights hard," Keleher said. "We did that all day today."

The tournament wrapped up the regular season for the Crusaders, who finished 5-1 in CMAC duals this season to take second in the final standings.

Helias will start the postseason Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Class 2 District 4 Tournament at Mexico.

"We're really going to pick it up in practice this week," Keleher said. "The guys are going to feel it a little bit, we're going to get after it."

Helias will host a sectional tournament featuring District 3 and 4 qualifiers Saturday, Feb. 27.

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