SENECA — Just a few days off the high of winning the inaugural Big 8 Conference tournament, the Seneca Indians returned home and dispatched the Cassville Wildcats 63-11 on Tuesday night.
The Indians and the Wildcats battled at 11 weight classes, with Seneca tallying 18 points from three Cassville forfeits at 106, 126, and 182 pounds.
Grant Durman (285) won a 3-0 decision against Garrett Kritz, Kendon Pollard (113) pinned Gavin Moore in 1 minute, 6 seconds, Gabriel Commons (132) pinned Ethan Fuchs in 3:28, Dane Napier (138) pinned Cutter Hicks in 1:48, Zane Cotten (152) pinned Jose Melchor in 1:58, Dayton Fields (170) pinned Colton Messbarger in 1:57, Skyleer Commons (195) pinned Nate Boley in 3:50, and Jakob Tate (220) pinned Colter West in 3:10.
Cassville’s Gage Hunter (120) won a 15-0 tech fall against Clayton Swadley, Keaton Artherton (145) won a 10-7 decision against Dalton Hembree, and Brody Barbee (160) won a 9-5 decision against Nathan Brown.
Seneca returns home Friday and Saturday for its 56th annual home tournament, with teams including Adrian, Bentonville, Blair Oaks, Cassville, Clinton, Diamond, Haas Hall-Rogers, Richmond, Rogers Heritage, Seneca, Springdale, Springdale Har-Ber, and Versailles.
Last season, Seneca won the tournament with 471.5 points and Har-Ber finished second at 372.
Individual champions returning for the Indians are Levi Connelly at 106, Hembree at 138, and Fields at 152. Two of their champions graduated (Max Roark at 132, Cole Hatfield 160) and a third transferred (Kale Schrader at 220, now wrestling for Carthage).
Two seasons ago, Seneca won the tourney with 440.5 points and Richmond finished second at 409. Connelly won a title at 106, as did Hembree at 126 and Fields at 132.
Three seasons ago, Seneca won with 378 points and Monett finished second at 328.5. Fields and Hembree won titles at 113 and 120, respectively, and the two Seneca seniors will be vying for individual titles all four years of high school.
The Indians have won four straight home tourney titles.