KNOB NOSTER — The Seneca Indians qualified eight wrestlers for the Class 1 state tournament and earned a district title Saturday.
Meanwhile, Diamond placed fourth in the team sweepstakes and qualified five wrestlers of its own.
Seneca’s Levi Connelly (106 pounds), Keaton Pollard (113), and Dayton Fields (170) won district titles, while Clayton Swadley (120) finished second, Dalton Hembree (145) second, Zane Cotten (152) second, Grant Durman (285) second, and Skyleer Commons (195) fourth.
Connelly won a 6-2 decision against Fatima’s Jason Strope for the district title and he pinned Sherwood’s Tyler Giddings in 1 minute, 3 seconds and St. Michael’s Jack Gearhart in 1:37 en route to the finals. Connelly improved to 43-4 overall.
Pollard pinned all three opponents, including Versailles’ Levi Rand in 2:42 in the finals. En route to the finals, Pollard pinned Adrian’s Eldon Piveral in 39 seconds and Holden’s Logan Yoder in 1:09.
Fields gave Blair Oaks’ Kyler Griep only his second loss of the season with a 7-2 decision in the finals. On the way, Fields pinned Versailles’ Caiden Coontz in 49 seconds and Adrian’s John Wackerman in 1:38. Fields moved to 44-5 overall.
Swadley reached the finals by pinning Sherwood’s Franklin Jefferies in 1:32 and Versailles’ Clayton Coleman in 2:38. In the finals, he lost a 22-5 tech fall against Fatima’s Lucas Laux (41-2 record).
Hembree faced Knob Noster’s Matt Wuntke in a battle of 47-victory wrestlers entering the finals. Wuntke earned a 4-2 sudden victory and gave Hembree his fourth loss of the season. En route to the finals, Hembree pinned Sherwood’s Matthew Smith in 2:48 and St. Michael’s Ellis Edwards in 25 seconds, and won a 12-0 major decision against Blair Oaks’ Eli Batiste.
Cotten pinned Lone Jack’s Sam McSpadden in 35 seconds and won a 7-3 decision against Blair Oaks’ Levi Haney en route to the finals, where he ran into Warsaw’s Kolby Estes (42-2 record). Estes pinned Cotten in 1:21.
Durman lost a 1-0 decision against Diamond’s Justin McGough in the finals. On the way, though, Durman pinned Blair Oaks’ Austin Lange in 15 seconds and won a 4-2 decision against Adrian’s Andrew Forgette.
Commons lost a 6-3 decision against Versailles’ Riley Rademann in the championship semis, which placed him into a critical consolation semifinal match against Blair Oaks’ Shane Gillmore. The winner survived and punched a ticket to state — Commons pinned Gillmore in 1:27.
Kolbe Jones (132) and McGough (285) won district titles for the Wildcats and Owen Gray (220) finished second, Cameron Addington (138) third, and John Odom (132) fourth.
Jones won a 14-5 major against Versaille’s Payton Lafoy in the finals and en route to the finals and a 35-2 record, he pinned Summit Christian’s Cooper Rieb in 57 seconds, El Dorado Springs’ J.T. Pope in 1:07, and Seneca’s Cole Whitehead in 3:10.
McGough pinned three opponents en route to his 1-0 decision against Durman, St. Michael’s Sebastian Swingle in 28 seconds, Lone Jack’s Austin Lauer in 1:04, and Warsaw’s Colby Stephens in 57 seconds.
Gray also pinned three opponents en route to the finals, St. Michael’s Caleb Berry in 2:36, Sherwood’s Zach Baldwin in 3:07, and Holden’s Travis Stout in 3:40. In the finals, Gray ran into Lone Jack’s Justin Leath, who improved to 46-1 by pinning Gray in 3:14.
McGough and Gray have nearly identical records this season, Gray 49-8 and McGough 49-9.
Addington lost a 8-1 decision in the semis against Butler’s Zack Wicks, which dispensed Addington straight into the consolation semis. Only 28 seconds into the third period, Addington punched his state ticket by pinning Sherwood’s Drayden Russell. Addington continued his momentum in the third place match, edging Fatima’s Samuel Martin 3-2.
Odom lost a quarterfinal match against Fatima’s Blake Wiles and then battled his way to the third place match by winning three consolation bracket matches. Odom pinned St. Michael’s Jackson Groshong in 1:55 and Warsaw’s Zander Fletcher in 1:42 to reach the consolation semis. Odom then won on an injury default against Versailles’ Brycen Reynolds.
CLASS 1, DISTRICT 2
at Knob Noster High School
Team scores — Seneca 177.5, Knob Noster 134, Versailles 130.5, Diamond 121, Blair Oaks 118, Holden 112, Adrian 103, Fatima 101, Warsaw 62, Butler 59.5, El Dorado Springs 56, Lone Jack 42, Sherwood 42, St. Michael 23, Summit Christian 9.
Individual champions — 106, Levi Connelly, Seneca. 113, Kendon Pollard, Seneca. 120, Lucas Laux, Fatima. 126, Kolbe Jones, Diamond. 132, Conner Johnston, Knob Noster. 138, Cole Ritter, Adrian. 145, Matt Wuntke, Knob Noster. 152, Kolby Estes, Warsaw. 160, Ben Thomas, Blair Oaks. 170, Dayton Fields, Seneca. 182, Michael Trotter, Versailles. 195, Steve Elwell, Knob Noster. 220, Justin Leath, Lone Jack. 285, Justin McGough, Diamond.