The Neosho junior high wrestling team entertained McDonald County, Joplin East and Joplin South on Tuesday, winning all three matches in grand fashion.
The Wildcats bested McDonald County, 73-21, before breezing through Joplin East, 36-0, and Joplin South, 77-15.
Results for the Wildcats against McDonald County, with Neosho wrestlers listed first, were: Johnsper Septey pinned Phillips. Tre Letts pinned Kelly. Jarvis Funk pinned Frye. Gavin Kelley pinned Sanchez. Zane Herrin pinned Murphy. Hank Selig pinned Kelly. Alec Rothman lost to Gerow. Braxton Pennington pinned Murphy. Andrew Burris lost to DeLaCruz. Garrett Vaughn lost to Gerow. Dakota Bronson won by technical fall over Young. Sam Townsend pinned Adrian. Caderson Helgen pinned Tristen. Trey Friend lost to Israel. Mason Ray pinned Brier. Braxton Barnes won by decision over Young, 4-2.
The Wildcats won all six matches against East by pin, with Letts, Tyler Sullivan, Colton Mouse, Andrew Burris, Kyle Mustain and Adrian Hitchcock all victorious.
Neosho then went on to roll South, winning 13 of 16 matches — including 12 by pin and another by technical fall.
Robert Davis pinned McCann. Townsend pinned Kuehnel. Nathan Morris lost to Pennick. Friend lost to Clevenger. Letts pinned Boone. Septey pinned Wilburn. Ray pinned Jackson. Rothman pinned Paulk. Barnes pinned Loyd. Isaak Howard won by technical fall over Richter. Tyler Kelly pinned Christenson. Mouse pinned Dickerson. Hayden Houk pinned Pennick. Helgen pinned Dooley. Pennington pinned Johnson. Selig lost to Withrow.
Wildcats coach Jeremy Phillips said he is pleased with the progress the team has made in the early stages of the season, adding that bright things are in store for this group of young wrestlers if they remain an intact unit.
“Proud of our (junior high) team as they are actually making some very good strides as a group,” Phillips said. “Their efforts to listen and be coachable is paying off in the performances of these young men each time they step on the mat. We have a solid core of kids with experience, but most of these guys are first year (wrestlers). I hope they will stay with it as a group because, as I told them tonight, if they continue to stay and work together, they could become a special group for us in the future.”