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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Local wrestlers competing in Junior Nationals

  • A handful of local wrestlers, from Neosho and Seneca, are taking part in the 6th Annual National High School Coaches Association’s Junior Nationals Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Va.


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  • A handful of local wrestlers, from Neosho and Seneca, are taking part in the 6th Annual National High School Coaches Association’s Junior Nationals Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Va.
    This tournament features mostly state champions or state runners-up from all classes throughout the country who are placed in a 64-man bracket – a different sort of March Madness.
    The tournament wraps up today and one local wrestler, Colbey Skaggs of Seneca, is still alive.
    Skaggs, a three-time state champion, will wrestle in the national championship later today.
    Three wrestlers from Neosho also attended, but saw their run end in the double-elimination tournament.
    “Our kids wrestled well,” Neosho assistant wrestling coach Cody Crocker said from Virginia Beach.
    Neosho’s Blake Stauffer was one of the final 12 wrestlers alive, but lost in the match that would’ve sent him into medal contention. Carter Boatright was one of the last 16 wrestlers in his bracket, while Dallas Smith went 1-2 in the tournament.
    Stauffer opened with a pair of wins, first besting Brandon Mills of New York, 9-1, then beating Georgia’s Nick Holbert by a pin in 2:34.
    Stauffer (171 pounds) then dropped a close match, 3-2, to James Fox of New Jersey. Fox was the No. 3 seeded wrestler in the weight class.
    In wrestlebacks, Stauffer opened with a 5-0 victory over Willie Schwartzkopf of Nebraska. He then beat Austin Coburn of Virginia, 2-0. Stauffer’s run ended with a 6-4 loss in overtime to Patrick Downey of Maryland, who was seeded No. 8.
    Boatright opened with a win over Taylor Whitt of Virginia, 8-1. Whitt was a two-time state champion. Boatright followed with a 4-3 win over Humberto Garcia of New York, before falling to Coltin Fought of Pennsylvania by technical fall 16-0.
    Boatright (125) bounced back with a 1-0 win over South Carolina’s Aaron Hansen. In his last match of the tournament, Boatright lost by decision, 1-0, to Pennsylvania’s Mike Fake.
    Smith (160) earned a first-round bye for his first win, but dropped two close matches. He lost to a state champion from New York in Craig Scott, 4-3. In the next match, he lost to Nick Lobue of New York, 3-2.
    Skaggs, the lone Seneca wrestler there, opened with a 4-2 win over Mike Schloegel from Illinois. Skaggs, seeded third in the tournament, then defeated North Carolina’s Stephen Ivey, 7-2. He followed with a 5-0 win over Nathan Monck of California. In his quarterfinal match, Skaggs (119) beat Washington’s Ryan Rodrigo, 4-0. In the semifinals, he pulled out an 11-10 win over Washington’s Dylan Hyder. He faces California’s Vince Rodriguez in the championship match Friday night.
     
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