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Knights, Rebels all still going, Dragons lose one, Raiders two

COLUMBIA — The first round of competition in the Missouri State high school wrestling championships was completed on Thursday as well as the first wrestleback round. Wrestlers who lost their first match are only able to advance as high as third place in their weight class. If they lost their second match , they were eliminated from competition.

Winners in the wrestleback round will await the wrestlers who lose in the quarterfinals.


Farmington held sixth place with 26 points after the first day’s competition and North County was tied for 26th at 4.0. Raymore Peculiar and Park Hill were atop the team standings in the Class 3 tournament with 32 points. St. Charles West was next at 28.5, followed by Hannibal with 28, and Ft. Zumwalt North at 26.

The Farmington Knights had seven of their nine wrestlers advance to the quarterfinals, and two were able to continue after winning their wrestleback bouts.

Joey Newland, at 112, won a 17-2 tech-fall, Craig Wilson (119) won a 20-5 tech fall, Nicholas Hoehn (125) won a 7-3 decision, Michael Zaricor (140) won by fall in 1:50, Kevin King (145) won by a 26-10 tech-fall, Tyler Epstein (189) won a 16-5 major decision, and Jacob Hise (215) pinned his opponent in the third round at 4:39.

Max Robinson (130) lost by a 17-1 tech-fall, but won a 6-4 overtime decision in the wrestleback round, and Justin Hill (135) after losing by fall in 3:13 came back with a 7-6 decision.

North County’s Jesse Coale (140) won his first-round match with a fall in 1:20. Coale’s teammates were not so lucky. Jacob Vogt (145) lost by fall in 24 seconds and then again in 2:36. Jason Winckel (152) lost a major decision 10-2, and then by fall in 4:11.


The Ste. Genevieve Dragons also held sixth place after the first day. The Dragons had 22 points, only seven points behind first-place Platte County. Seneca was next with 27 points, Oak Grove had 26, Odessa and De Soto were tied for fourth at 23, and Central was tied for 28th with seven points.

Ste. Genevieve had five out of nine win their first match, losing only one to the wrestleback round. Adam Johnson (135) won by fall in 3:00, Zach Bader (145) won a 12-8 decision, Taylor Huck (160) won by fall in 1:58, and state champion Tanner Wolk (171) won by fall in 1:14.

Zach Harman (119) lost by fall in 3:29 and won a 12-6 decision, Vince Wolk (130) lost by fall in 3:21 and won a 9-6 decision, and Randy Lurk (152) lost an 8-1 decision but came back to get a fall in 3:53. Blaine Gamache (189) lost by a fall in 35 seconds but won his second match in 42 seconds. Curt Gegg (112) lost a 7-6 decision and then lost by fall in 2:15.

Brandon Lindsey (125) won his first-round match for Central by a fall in 2:33, and Jack Hampton (112) won by fall in 1:57 after losing the first round by a 2:45 fall.

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