MONETT — The Seneca Indians, ranked No. 2 in Class 1, headed to Monett on Thursday to face the No. 1 ranked in Class 2 Cubs.
Thanks to a run of 36 unanswered points from 132 to 182 pounds, the Indians earned a 48-27 win in this battle of state-ranked programs.
Starting at 132, Max Roark won a 3-0 decision against Elias Barrientos and in a battle of top-ranked wrestlers at 138, Seneca’s Dalton Hembree and Monett’s Gunnar Bradley, it was Class 1 Hembree who came out victorious with a 8-2 decision.
Zane Cotten (145) and Dayton Fields (152) each won by pinfall, Cotten taking down Jordan Withnell in 4:37 and Fields bringing down Josh Bahl in 2:00.
Cole Hatfield (160), Jordan Ishimura (170), and Skyleer Commons (182) each won by forfeit to round out the run of 36 points.
The Indians opened the dual with the first 12 points, Kale Schrader (195) winning by injury default against Wesley Merriman and Garret Babbitt (220) pinning Christopher Thornburg in 55 seconds.
The Cubs rattled off 27 unanswered points of their own in a dual defined by major scoring runs for each team.
Raymond Villalta (285) pinned Grant Durman in 3:11, Joseph Semerad (106) won a 2-1 decision against Levi Connelly in another battle of top-ranked wrestlers in their classification, top-ranked Matthew Bahl (113) pinned Cole Whitehead in 1:16, and both top-ranked Karter Brink (120) and Joel Barrientos (126) went unopposed at their respective weights.
Seneca returned to action Friday and Saturday in the Platte County Tournament.