JEFFERSON CITY — The Neosho Wildcats have won their first two tournaments of the season, following up their home tournament victory last week with a 7-0 run through the Missouri Duals on Friday and Saturday culminated by Saturday’s 43-29 win over Eureka for the championship.
Overall, Neosho defeated Ozark 44-23, Helias Catholic 49-19, Owensville 72-6, Battle 66-7, Grain Valley 54-21, and Lebanon 53-18 in addition to the first place match.
In the dual against Eureka, Neosho won six of seven matches over a stretch from 285 through 138 pounds, started by an Adrian Hitchcock 10-1 major decision against Kurtis Winegardner and finished off by a 48-second pin of Jake Wuelling by Braxton Barnes.
During that stretch, Cayden Auch (106) pinned Paul Jones in 50 seconds, Kolton Sanders (113) made work of Ben Stubblefield in 28 seconds, Brady Franklin (120) won a 8-5 decision from Kyle Hurst, and Trenton Young (132) pinned Caleb Hustedde in 1:11.
Other wins for Neosho in the dual included Alec Rothman (152) and Drayke Perry (170), who each pinned their opponents. Rothman pinned Michael Hotop in 3:02 and Perry brought down Harry Hill in 1:17. Eureka won four of five matches at one point, with Perry’s pin the only Neosho win during that stretch. In the end, Neosho enjoyed the best stretch of success.
In the 53-18 win over Lebanon, Jeremiah Larson (160) won a 11-4 decision against Caleb Shields, Perry (170) pinned Jon Berry in 2:54, Joey Williams (182) pinned Ty Glendenning in 1:09, Zane Persinger (195) pinned Caleb Brown in 2:23, Hitchcock (285) made work of the greatly named Race Cottongim in 34 seconds, Auch (106) won a 15-0 tech fall against Cole Patten, Sanders (113) pinned Hogan Fisher in 2:30, Noah Reiboldt (126) pinned Cade Schmitz in 1:55, Young (132) won a 1-0 decision against Cole Roark, and Barnes (138) won by forfeit.
Against Grain Valley, Neosho earned all 54 points by pin: Barnes (138) pinned Ethan Grasher in 2:27, Rothman (152) pinned Taylor Huwar in 2:24, Perry (170) pinned Jacob Gilkey in 36 seconds, Williams (195) pinned David DeWeese in 1:12, Persinger (220) pinned Trent Yardley in 22 seconds, Hitchcock (285) pinned William O’Neal in 1:44, Auch (106) pinned Adisen Sampson in 37 seconds, Sanders (113) pinned Tyler Speer in 1:29, and Young (132) pinned Tanner Hoover in 1:14.
Neosho lost only two matches against Battle. Young (132) won a 5-2 decision against Andrew Shea, Barnes (138), Jacob Fry (145) and Keaton Sanders (152) each won by forfeit, Rothman (160) pinned Jasper Lindsey in 3:16, Perry (170) pinned Trevor Dubinsky in 24 seconds, Williams (182) won a 25-10 tech fall against Jason McGuire, Persinger (195) pinned Andrew Douglas in 1:09, Hitchcock (285) pinned Abdul El-Walid in 48 seconds, Kolton Sanders (113) pinned Stone Martian in 2:53, Franklin (120) won by forfeit, and Reiboldt (126) won a 17-8 major against Gabriel Familia.
The Wildcats performed even more dominant against Owensville, with Owensville winning just a single match.
Franklin (126) pinned Caden Moss in 3:14, Young (132) pinned Kolby Johnson in 43 seconds, Barnes (138) pinned Tighe Bombach in 1:00, Rothman (152) won by forfeit, Larson (160) won a 10-6 decision against Blaine Schoenfeld, Perry (170) pinned Tanner Rector in 1:50, Williams (182) pinned Caleb Gray in 1:47, Persinger (195) pinned Colton Moore in 25 seconds, Caleb Elliot (220) won a 8-5 decision against Dakotaa Martin, Hitchcock (285) pinned Bryce Mistler in 1:23, Kivett (106) and Auch (113) won by forfeit, and Kolton Sanders pinned Austin Angell in 1:49.
Against host school Helias Catholic, Young (132) won a 2-1 decision against Zach Carr, Barnes (138) pinned Jackson Schrimpf in 51 seconds, Perry (170) pinned Colden Imhoff in 3:01, Williams (182) pinned Nikolai Careaga in 1:31, Persinger (195) pinned Noah Wieberg in 1:13, Elliot (220) pinned Chase Carrender in 1:31, Hitchcock (285) won by forfeit, Auch (106) won a 22-6 tech fall against Gavin Adams, and Kolton Sanders (113) won a 20-5 tech fall against Aleksey Salaz to conclude a run of 40 straight Neosho points from four pins, one forfeit, and two tech falls.
Neosho began dual action with Central Ozark Conference Large rival Ozark. Auch (106) pinned Clayton Moison in 1:37, Kolton Sanders (113) pinned Sean Eavans in 2:21, Young (132) won a 17-1 tech fall against Riley Sundlie, Barnes (138) pinned Cooper St. John in 3:59, Rothman (152) pinned Kaleb Doyle in 3:04, Williams (182) pinned Ryan Taylor in 2:50, Persinger (195) pinned Joe Satterly in 1:34, and Hitchcock (285) won a 12-5 decision against Jace Gorn.
Neosho returns to action Monday on the road in a double dual against Joplin and Ozark at Joplin.