Neosho wrestlers Landon Kivett (100 pounds) and Cayden Auch (113) recently qualified for the upcoming US Marine Corps/USAW Junior & Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., from July 12 through July 20, with their performances at the Southern Plains Regional.
Kivett and Auch both competed in the cadet division.
Kivett lost his first match — a 13-2 tech fall against Texas’ Wesley Goleman — but then rebounded with consolation semifinal and third place match victories, 9-8 over Colorado’s Brandon Boehm in the consolation semis and a 4-minute, 32-second pin of Oklahoma’s Garrett McBride for third.
Auch finished 4-2 overall en route to fourth with a 9-3 loss to Missouri’s Eli Rocha in the semis and then a loss by 38-second pin to Missouri’s Korbin Shepherd for third. Auch won three straight tech falls to start the regionals on fire — 12-1 over Iowa’s Ayden Kingery, 12-2 over Texas’ Jackson Crandall, and 10-0 over Kansas’ Derek Duffett. Auch later won his fourth match by tech fall, 22-11 over Iowa’s Thurman Christensen in the consolation semis.
Kivett and Auch join an elite group of Neosho wrestlers — Kyler Rea and Kyle Hostetter — who have qualified for the Fargo Nationals.
Auch and Kivett both are incoming sophomores at Neosho High.
Auch won a Class 3 state title his freshman season at 106 pounds, pinning Ladue Horton Watkins’ Jake Mann in 3 minutes, 2 seconds. Auch finished his first season at the high school level with a 52-3 overall record and he earned a conference title; Auch finished second at districts with a loss to Rolla’s Anthony Sederburg (a 5-4 decision), an outcome which motivated him going forward at state.
Auch was one of three state champions — joined by Trenton Young (132) and Adrian Hitchcock (285) — but the only one returning next season with the graduation of Young and Hitchcock.
Other state medalists last season for the second place Wildcats were Kolton Sanders (third at 113), Joey Williams (third at 182), Braxton Barnes (fourth at 138), Drayke Perry (fifth at 170), and Zane Persinger (fifth at 220). Williams was the only one to graduate among this group of medalists.
Kivett, meanwhile, won the COC JV tournament his freshman season at 106 and he pinned all five opponents for the title: Webb City’s Donald Simonds in 3:53, Carl Junction’s Kendyn Bennett in 1:47, Webb City’s Bobby Pearish in 59 seconds, Ozark’s Riley Newsom in 3:25, and Carthage’s Carlos Reyes in 4:40.
In his newsletter, Neosho head coach Jeremy Phillips said that both Auch and Kivett, as well as Caleb Elliot (who also wrestled at the Southern Plains Regional), have been very dedicated and committed in Neosho’s offseason training.
Phillips mentioned a sizable expense — $1,200 each — for the Fargo trip and said that donations or work opportunities will be very much appreciated. Phillips added that checks can be mailed to 12350 Norway Road and made out to Neosho Youth Wrestling, or one may contact Erik Kivett, Jeremiah Auch, or Joey Howard.