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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Indians in hunt for top-five finish

  • With two days in the books at the MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships, the Seneca Indians are in line for a top-five finish as a team with a solid day on the mats Saturday.
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  • With two days in the books at the MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships, the Seneca Indians are lined up for a top-five finish as a team with a solid day on the mats Saturday.
    And while the Indians may be out of the running for a team state title, they do have one individual, Will Roark, who will be competing for his own title today in the Class 1 championship at 120 pounds. Roark, the No. 1 ranked wrestler in his class, moved his overall record to 53-1 this season with a decision over Garrett Zahner (Brookfield), 6-1, in the semifinals on Friday.
    Overall, the Indians trail Whitfield (93 points), Brookfield (81.5), Herculaneum (76), and Lawson (76) in the team standings.
    After falling on day one, Indians’ 113-pounder Quentin Cotten has now won his following three matches after pinning Brian Noble (Stanberry) in 20 seconds in the second round of wrestlebacks, before scoring a decision over Brandon Nevils (Knob Noster), 6-0 on Friday.
    At 126, Cole Lankford dropped a heartbreaker to Justin Rhodes (West Platte) in the semifinals, 2-1. Jesse Rhoades (132) bounced back from a loss to quarterfinals loss to Derrick Swaney (Whitfield) to win his next two, including a round-three consolation decision over Austin Moudy (Marceline), 9-7.
    Like Lankford, Jalen Skaggs (160) also missed the finals by one point as he was edged in the semifinals by Ramzie Cooper (Brookfield), 4-3. Both Jeff Butler (182) and Devin Madison (220) bowed out of the tournament after suffering their second loss of the weekend on Friday.
    Butler was pinned by Reed McBroom (Brookfield) in the third consolation round, while Madison met his demise at the hands of Colden Denisar (Lawson) by pin in the same round.
    Overall, it was a good day of wrestling for an Indians team still in the hunt for a good finish on Saturday.
    “I thought we wrestled really well,” Indians coach Jeff Sill said. “We took care of business. Even the matches we didn’t win we battled hard. I’m proud of the kids. Regardless of what happens, they give you everything they have and that’s all you can ask for.”
    Roark will face Jacob O’Neal (Carrolton) for the 120 pound title today at Mizzou Arena. An interesting nugget worth noting: Both wrestlers will carry only one loss into their final match as Roark sits at 53-1 overall, while O’Neal carries a 48-1 mark to the bout.    
    Meanwhile, Diamond’s only wrestler at the event, 145 pounder Jordan Douglas, ended his run on Friday with a loss in the third consolation round on a 2-0 decision to Tyler Spurling (Centralia). His loss came one match after he’d rebounded from being pinned in the quarterfinals to pinning Quinten Feigley (Penney) in 1:55 in round two.

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