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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Despite controversy, Wildcats roll

  • If not for a controversial call that had Neosho’s bench a little, shall we say, irked, the Neosho wrestling team would have put together a perfect night against McDonald County and Webb City in duals at Webb City High School on Thursday.
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  • If not for a controversial call that had Neosho’s bench a little, shall we say, irked, the Neosho wrestling team would have put together a perfect night against McDonald County and Webb City in duals at Webb City High School on Thursday.
    After the Wildcats shut out the Mustangs 78-0, they were cruising against the Cardinals until the controversial ended halted the flow of the evening and had both Austin Hailey and Brandon Musselman, who were wrestling at 195 pounds, standing on the mat afterwards in disbelief.
    Let’s recap.
    After a scoreless first period, Hailey scored an escape to start the second and it remained 1-0 in his favor until late in the third period when the official called Hailey for stalling, awarding a point to Musselman and making it 1-1. At least one of two scoreboards inside the gym continued to show the score at 1-1 when Hailey appeared to score a reversal on Musselman with less than two seconds remaining in the match.
    Cue the pandemonium.
    Although the official threw his arm in the air and signaled the points to Hailey, the Webb City coaching staff began to feverishly argue that time had expired and the buzzer sounded before the reversal was completed. The official said he didn’t hear the buzzer, but before signaling a winner, he paused and went to the scorers table and asked for additional input, where two individuals clad in Cardinals attire opined to the official that the buzzer had gone off before Hailey scored the points.
    That was all the input the official needed to hear, and he quickly waved off the points. Then things got really confusing when Musselman’s arm was hoisted in what was determined to be a 2-1 decision, after the official ruled he scored a late escape in the process. The ensuing frustration from Neosho’s bench, and more than one Neosho fan pointed out the 1-1 score before the controversial call, didn’t matter much in the end, as the Wildcats went on to win the dual, 74-3.
    Wildcats coach Jeremy Phillips said his team would build from the experience and use Thursday’s results to make themselves better.
    “We learn from it, we grow from it and we change results,” Phillips said. “It needs to fuel our fire to make the results change when it matters the most. That’s what we’re going to remind our team, train where your outcome is not going to be decided by anybody but you. There was a lot of time in that match where we could have done something different to earn points and not leave it in their hands.
    “I thought we wrestled well. A couple of the things I highlighted in the locker room was coachability of kids. Asking a few kids to open up like (Kyler), we asked him within 10 seconds you need to be pulling the trigger and getting to a takedown. It’s little things like that that impressed me. It’s not the pin, it’s not the end result but it’s what gets those results. All of the goals in front of them can still be accomplished.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Results for the Wildcats against the Cardinals were: 106 pounds, Dalton Kivett won by forfeit. 113, John Williams pinned Allen. 120, Trey Smith won by forfeit. 126, Kyler Rea pinned O’Brien. 132, Isaac Townsend pinned Thomas. 138, Jason Box pinned Howard. 145, Cody Rains won by tech fall over Weaver, 15-2. 152, Chance Branstetter won by decision over Hunter Vanlue, 3-2. 160, Sam Williams pinned Rogers. 170, Kyle Hostetter pinned Bowers. 182, Jacob Brock pinned Alves. 195, Hailey lost by decision to Musselman, 2-1. 220, Ben Elledge won by forfeit. 285, Aaron Clardy won by forfeit.
    Results for the Wildcats against the Mustangs were: 106, Kivett won by decision over Daniel DeSantiago, 8-2. 113, John Williams pinned Colton Fox. 120, Smith pinned Nathan Knadle. 126, Rea won by forfeit. 132, Townsend pinned Truman Craig. 138, Box pinned Josh Kinser. 145, Rains won by overtime decision over Trevor Young, 2-1. 152, Branstetter pinned Kepper. 160, Sam Williams pinned Jimmy Boyer. 170, Hostetter won by forfeit. 182, Brock won by forfeit. 195, Hailey pinned Andrew Coberley. 220, Elledge pinned Justus French. 285, Clardy won by forfeit.

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