The Neosho junior high wrestling team came away with a dominant victory at the Columbus Tournament on Saturday.
With stellar performances from top to bottom, the Wildcats destroyed Pittsburg (Kan.) 288.5-140. McDonald County finished in third with 108 followed by Miami (Okla.) 102, Seneca 98 and Carl Junction 71.
Results for the Wildcats’ “A-bracket” as follows: 75 pounds—Septey Johnsburg, second place. 80—Kaleb Larson, second. 85—Dakota Bronson, first. 90—Robert Davis, fourth. 95—Dalton Kivet, first. 100—Sam Townsend, second. 110—Trey Smith, first. 115—Gavin Kelley, second. 120—Gannon Millard, first. 134—Charles Spencer, second. 141—Tyson Hice, first. 155—John Meyer, first. 165—Adrian Hitchcock, first. 180—Dylan Smith, third. 215—Zach Ankney, second. 265—Briley Weights, first.
In the “B-bracket” the Wildcats had four first place winners. They were Jacob Hilton (75 pounds), Zeb House (95), Caderson Helgan (115) and Ryan Johnson (165).
“Very proud of the kids for their efforts and finish,” Wildcats coach Jeremy Phillips said. “They showed great character and fight — traits of a championship team, for sure.
Technically we have a lot yet to work on, but what I loved seeing from these young men is their heart and ability to close and open gaps on opponents we wrestled just last week within the tournament. We had six kids that avenged an opponent who had (defeated) them earlier and changed the outcome. This kind of day makes me excited about the future of our program.”