CARL JUNCTION — The Seneca Indians defended their title, the McDonald County Mustangs finished sixth behind a couple of individual champions, and Diamond finished ninth overall Saturday in the Carl Junction Classic.
For Seneca, Dalton Hembree (138 pounds), Zane Cotten (145), Dayton Fields (152), Cole Hatfield (160), and Kale Schrader (220) each won individual titles, while Levi Connelly (106), Max Roark (132), and Skyleer Commons (220) each finished second.
Hembree improved to 10-0 on the season with five wins Saturday — a 15-0 tech fall against Diamond’s Cameron Addington, a 2:31 pin of Buffalo’s Keaton Rackley, a 56-second pin of Ladue’s Ethan Wilkens, a 1:03 pin of Webb City’s Roger Carranco, and a 8-1 decision against Monett’s Gunnar Bradley.
Cotten won his first four matches by pin and then won a 13-0 major decision against Carl Junction’s Brooks Neria in the finals. Cotten pinned Buffalo’s Cody Gruber in 4:52, Nevada’s Jaren Cowrie in 30 seconds, Parkview’s Eli Vallentine in 1:03, and Monett’s Jordan Withnell in 2:34.
Fields improved to 10-0 overall with five wins Saturday — a 3-1 decision against Parkview’s Kenyen Kieber, a 4:51 pin of Monett’s Josh Bahl, a 1:10 pin of Webb City JV’s Jacob Ott, a 19-4 tech fall against McDonald County’s Jack Teague, and then a 9-0 major decision against Webb City’s Kade Hicks in the finals.
Seneca won four straight weight classes from 138 to 160, finished off by Hatfield. Hatfield rolled to the finals with four straight pins and then earned a 5-0 decision over Ladue’s Aiden Morley for the crown. Hatfield pinned Buffalo’s Tanner Mueller in 58 seconds, Carl Junction JV’s Wyatt Ross in 48 seconds, Reeds Spring’s Kaden Kious in 34 seconds, and Webb City’s Ruben Lenker in 36 seconds.
Schrader improved to 9-0 on the season with his five wins Saturday, pinning Carl Junction JV’s Keegan Bennett and Micah Lieberman in 1:06 and 55 seconds respectively, winning a 5-2 decision against Nevada’s Caleb Longobardi, pinning JV teammate Garett Babbit in 1:23, and winning the championship on a 3-1 decision against Buffalo’s Colten Kenady.
McDonald County’s day was highlighted by individual champions Oscar Ortiz (113) and Jakob Gerow (120).
Ortiz improved to 12-1 on the season after four wins Saturday. Ortiz earned a 20-5 tech fall against Diamond’s Triston Kralicek, pinned Parkview’s Ethan Fuller in 2:29, pinned Reeds Spring’s Shane Thompson in 1:47, and won a 4-2 decision against Monett’s Joseph Semerad in the finals.
Gerow extended his unbeaten streak to 14 to start the season, earning the title behind three pins and two decisions, including a 5-1 decision against Monett’s Matthew Bahl in the finals. Gerow won a 6-2 decision against Carl Junction’s Coby Burchett and pinned Nevada’s Lane Brooks in 21 seconds, Reeds Spring’s Eric Holt in 1:24, and Buffalo’s Lizzie Miller in 11 seconds.
Addington (138), Jayce Taylor (145), Owen Gray (195), and Justin McGough (285) each placed fifth for Diamond.
Team results — Seneca 342, Carl Junction 321.5, Monett 254, Webb City 217.5, Buffalo 184, McDonald County 180.5, Nevada 134.5, Columbus 121.5, Diamond 113, Reeds Spring 99, Ladue 96, Cherryvale 58.5, Carl Junction JV 56, Webb City JV 33, Parkview 32, Seneca JV 27, Ladue JV 22, Buffalo JV 11, Diamond JV 9, Reeds Spring JV 7.