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North County holds first two rounds of SEMO Tournament

BONNE TERRE – The SEMO Conference wrestling tournament was started Friday evening with two rounds of the pool play being wrestled between the 11 teams in attendance. The tournament is divided into two pools with the top finishers from each pool facing off in a final match.

With the addition of Herculaneum to the tournament this year, wrestlers will wrestle six matches, but the state allows a wrestler to wrestle no more than five matches in one day, so the tournament had to be split into two days. Saturday will start with the last three rounds of pool play and the final round for places.

Wrestlers were seeded in their respective weight classes and then split into the two pools with the No. 1 seed in one pool and the No. 2 seed in the other pool, so that hopefully, barring no upsets, the two wrestlers would meet in the championship match for their weight class.

Wrestlers from each school are not only wrestling to advance to the final round, but also to gain points for their teams. Each time a wrestler wins a match he earns two points for the team and 1 extra point if he should record a major decision, 1.5 points for a tech fall, and 2 points for either a fall, a default or disqualification by the opponent, or a forfeit.

At the end of round one Herculaneum led the tournament with 38 points, Farmington was in second with 36, and Jackson was in third with 33.5. Ste. Genevieve was fourth at 33 and Cape Central was in fifth at 30 points. Sixth through 11th were New Madrid and Poplar Bluff each with 16 points, North County at 15.5, and Sikeston, Dexter and Park Hills Central all had 12 points each.

The second round wasn’t so kind to Herculaneum as they fell to fourth place. Jackson took over the top rung with 13 of their 14 wrestlers scoring the maximum four points for a team score of 85.5. Farmington had 11 wrestlers record the maximum for a team total of 80 to stay in second place, and Ste. Genevieve moved into third place at 77.

Cape Central stayed in fifth place with 54 points. Sixth was North County at 33.5, Dexter placed seventh at 32, Poplar Bluff was eighth at 29.5 and Park Hills Central moved up to ninth at 28, and Sikeston and New Madrid remained tied for tenth.

Wrestling starts again today for all 11 teams at 10:30. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.

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