One night after whipping both Ozark and Nixa, the Neosho wrestling team had its way with Monett and Westminster Christian Academy on Friday at Monett High School.
The Wildcats thumped Monett 63-3, before blowing out Westminster Christian, 75-3.
Neosho’s only loss against the Cubs came at 126 pounds, and the match was a thriller. After Neosho’s Kyler Rea jumped ahead 2-0 early in the second period, Monett’s Chase Brennan earned a point after Rea picked up his second caution, and then scored a reversal with about 10 seconds to go in the third period and won, 3-2. Rea nearly had a reversal of his own that would have won it, but time ran out before he could get the points.
Results for the dual, with Neosho wrestlers listed first were: 106, Dalton Kivett won by forfeit. 113, John Williams won by forfeit. 120, Trey Smith pinned Sean Jastal, 4:00. 132, Isaac Townsend won by decision over Kendrick Brink, 5-4. 138, Jason Box won by decision over Garret Bradley, 1-0. 145, Cody Rains won by decision over Jaron Howard, 7-1. 152, Chance Branstetter won by forfeit. 160, Sam Williams pinned Jorden Henson. 170, Kyle Hostetter won by decision over Wesley Abramovitz, 8-3. 182, Jacob Brock pinned Bryce Logan, 2:20. 195, Dylan Smith won by forfeit. 220, Austin Hailey pinned Jacob Negre, 3:51. 285, Aaron Clardy won by decision over Shawn Beeson, 1-0.
Neosho’s only loss against Westminster Christian came at 106 pounds, where Kivett fell by decision to Aaron Gion, 7-2.
Other results for the Wildcats were: 113, John Williams pinned J.T. Fuller. 120, Smith pinned Lucas Chimento. 126, Rea pinned Eli Parham. 132, Townsend pinned Sam Parham. 138, Box pinned Alex Hopkins. 145, Rains pinned Clayton Hubler. 152, Branstetter pinned Trent Briden. 160, Sam Williams pinned Michael Weston. 170, Hostetter pinned Caleb Mundorf. 182, Brock won by decision over Samuel Thomas, 3-1. 195, Hailey pinned Wes Park. 220, Addison Derryberry pinned David Becker. 285, Clardy pinned Robert Davis.
While the Wildcats were pleased with their overall performance, they will chalk their two individual losses up as learning tools, according to coach Jeremy Phillips.
“I was pleased, but the two matches we lost in the dual still (are) kind of haunting me,” he said. “I always want to win them all, and both matches were ones I felt could have went the other way. But just like any shortcoming, it allows for a chance t learn and grow. I think especially Rea’s match allows us to look at a few match situations and some technique as a team that we will all benefit from.
“Monett has a solid program, and some kids that I hope we can see again at the Branson Tourney coming up.”
The Wildcats are at Webb City at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Meanwhile, Neosho’s JV dominated the Seneca JV Tournament on Saturday, with its wrestlers going a combined 63-9 overall. Team scores were not kept for the tournament, but the Wildcats dominated with 10 individual champions, six second place, two third place and a fourth place finish. Every Neosho wrestler placed in the top four of the tournament.
Page 2 of 2 - Individual champions for the Wildcats were: Trenton Vaughn, Austin Lewis, Gannon Millard, Bradley Ratliff, Juan Franco, Appy Mendoza, John Meyer, Carter Graue, Tyson Hice and Ryan Johnson. Second place finishers were: Blake Hughes, Brayden Brookman, Kyle Sanders, Bryan Charley, Tay Cable and Jacob Duke. Zeb House and Chase Kirshner took third, while Dylan Smith brought home fourth place.