COLLINSVILLE, Okla. — The Neosho Wildcats trailed their Oklahoma rival Collinsville 23-12 entering the 170-pound match, but the Wildcats rattled off 30 unanswered points to earn a 42-23 win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.
Collinsville forfeited at three different weights — 113, 182, and 195 pounds — to give Neosho 18 points. Neosho fielded a wrestler at every weight.
Drayke Perry (170) pinned Logan Sieminski, Zane Persinger (220) pinned Zach Morris, and Adrian Hitchcock (285) Kaden Jones to close out the dual in style.
Neosho also started out the dual strong, securing the first nine points with a Cayden Auch (106) 4-2 decision against Garrett Strickland and then the first of three wins by forfeit.
Collinsville won three straight matches at 120,126, and 132, with a 3-2 decision for Eli Benham (120), a 11-0 major decision for Caleb Tanner (126), and a 3-2 decision for Connor Henson (132).
In one of the best matchups of the night, Braxton Barnes took a 5-4 decision from Collinsville’s Xavear Cullors at 138.
Collinsville then rattled off 13 straight points — a decision, a major decision, and a pin — from 145 through 160 pounds.
Neosho, ranked No. 1 in Class 3 by Missouriwrestling.com, returns to action Tuesday night in Republic against the host Tigers and the Lakers of Camdenton.
The Wildcats host McDonald County and Webb City for homecoming and All-American Night on Thursday with duals starting at 5 p.m.
McDonald County and Webb City wrestle first, then it’s the homecoming coronation, the 2017 state championship banner reveal, Neosho against McDonald County, All-American sponsor recognitions, a singlet retirement recognition, and the nightcap of Neosho and Webb City.
Neosho finishes off a busy week with the Branson Tournament on Saturday, with a field that includes Bentonville, Branson, Camdenton, Carl Junction, Cassville, Fayetteville (Arkansas), Lee’s Summit, Marshfield, McDonald County, Monett, Seneca, Smithville, Ste. Genevieve, Union, and Vian (Oklahoma).