BRANSON — The Neosho Wildcats won the Branson Invitational on Saturday by 118 points more than second place Monett, 381-263.
Neosho placed 13 wrestlers in the top four and four wrestlers earned individual titles: Landon Kivett (106 pounds) finished third, Hayden Crane (113) fourth, Gabriel Selby (120) second, Cayden Auch (126) first, Kolton Sanders (132) second, Bret Camerer (138) fourth, Braxton Barnes (145) first, Alec Rothman (152) first, Keaton Sanders (160) fourth, Jeremiah Larson (170) second, Drayke Perry (182) second, Caleb Elliot (195) fourth, and Zane Persinger (220) first.
Auch won a 7-5 decision in the finals against McDonald County's Oscar Ortiz, a match pitting two defending Class 3 state champions. Auch pinned Parkview's Bryan Lam in 1 minute, 27 seconds, Bolivar's Mason Taylor in 4:18, and Ozark's Elijah Maskrod in a fast five seconds en roue to the finals.
Barnes won a 16-7 major decision against Smithville's Ryan Hampton in the finals and pinned Branson's James Miller in 1:12, Ozark's Kaleb Doyle in 46 seconds, Fayetteville's Quad Johnson in 49 seconds, and Carl Junction's Cole Stewart in 1:25 in his other matches.
Rothman pinned Monett's Gunnar Bradley in 4:00 in the finals, following his 16-6 major against Smithville's Blake Ackerman in the semis. Rothman pinned Branson's Christian Berumen in 25 seconds and Bolivar's Logan Hawk in 3:33.
Persinger pinned Bolivar's Drayton Huchteman in 2:48 in the finals and won a 11-4 decision against Monett's Harrison Merriman in the semis. Persinger pinned Hollister's Danny Gimlen in 53 seconds and Fayetteville's Darby Fields in 1:44.
Kolton Sanders lost a 4-3 decision in the finals against Monett's Joseph Semerad. Sanders recorded three pins and one major en route to the finals: he pinned Ozark's Christian Mercer in 1:33, Bolivar's Riley Hawk in 3:21, and Bentonville's Obi Smith in 4:33, and won a 16-2 major against Cassville's Jaden Davis.
Larson lost a 6-3 decision against Reeds Spring's Clayton Johnson in the finals. Larson won a 7-4 decision against Monett's Ethan Umfleet in the semis and pinned Smithville's Nick Lawhon in 1;09, Bolivar's Andrew Bunn in 59 seconds, and Smithville's Logan Pieper in 51 seconds in his earlier matches.
Perry lost a 10-6 decision against Fayetteville's Matthew Muller in the finals and he pinned four opponents en route to the finals. Perry took down Carl Junction's Wyatt Ross in 53 seconds, Ozark's Braegan Patman in 1:01, Hollister's Drew Nauman in 44 seconds, and Branson's Max Petruccelli in 3:52.
McDonald County and its two wrestlers finished 12th with 50.5 points.
Ortiz pinned Smithville's Christian Holderby in 2:27 and Carl Junction's Ethan Walker in 1:37 and won a 3-0 decision against Monett's Matthew Bahl en route to the finals.
Jack Teague (152) placed fifth and went 4-1 in the tourney with the only loss against Smithville's Ackerman. Teague pinned Carl Junction's Dalton Honey in 45 seconds, Bolivar's Logan Hawk in 4;00, and Cassville's Jose Melchor in 2:39.
Seneca sent its front-line wrestlers to Newton (Kansas) for the Tournament of Champions, but Brayden Thiel (106) and Grant Hoover (220) still finished in the top five.
Hoover placed fourth and pinned Reeds Spring's Alex Bowman.
Thiel lost to a pair of Neosho wrestlers, Nate Copeland and Kivett, en route to fifth and Thiel won a 10-4 decision against Branson's Tyler Cartright and pinned Ozark's Adam Hofer in 5:08.
Team scores: Neosho 381, Monett 263, Bolivar 250, Smithville 205.5, Bentonville 200, Carl Junction 173.5, Ozark 146.5, Cassville 126.5, Branson 117.5, Reeds Spring 104.5, Fayetteville 90.5, McDonald County 50.5, Seneca 39.5, Parkview 39, Hollister 33, Ozark JV 31, Neosho JV 23.5, Monett JV 4, Bentonville JV 3.5, Branson JV 2.5.