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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:15 am

St. Clair’s four state qualifiers combined to win three wrestling matches in the Class 2 ranks at the MSHSAA championships at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Representing the Bulldogs were seniors Dustin Conner and Skyler Hutchison, junior Chris Algiere and sophomore Thomas Maple.

“They all wrestled well and left everything on the mat. That’s all I can ask for. All of the loses by Maple, Conner and Hutchison were to medalists,” said St. Clair Head Coach Bryan Watkins. “If you make a small mistake at state, it’s magnified due to the competition.”

Competing at 170 pounds, Conner was a win away from reaching the medal round. He posted a 2-2 record, finishing the season with a 30-5 mark.

Conner opened the state meet with a 10-5 win over Savannah’s Jeremiah Glise.

In the quarterfinals, Conner was pinned by Boonville’s Andrew Broyhill in 1:34.

Conner bounced back to win by technical fall over Ste. Genevieve’s A.J. Gonz, 16-1, in 4:44. He was eliminated by Owensville’s Christopher Dolles by a 6-0 decision.

“Dustin was the district champion who got his first career wins at state after qualifying three other times,” Watkins said. “He lost to the third- and sixth-place finishers. I’m very pleased with the effort and approach he showed at state.”

Hutchison had a 1-2 state record at 195 pounds, ending with a 34-8 record.

In the first round, Hutchison lost a 3-1 decision to Fulton’s John Kingsley. He rebounded in the wrestlebacks by pinning Benton’s Tage McNutt in 2:20. He was eliminated by Pleasant Hill’s Cole Reeves in sudden victory, 5-3.

“Skyler lost to the sixth-place finisher 3-1 and to the fifth-place finisher in overtime,” Watkins said. “He was only a few seconds away from a medal.”

Algiere went 0-2 at 132 pounds, ending with a 25-23 record. He lost a 7-2 decision to Kirksville’s Tanner Sparks and lost by technical fall, 16-0, to Pleasant Hill’s Cole Sullivan.

“Chris faced a loaded weight class with seven previous state medalists,” Watkins said.

Maple went 0-2 at 106 pounds to finish with a 30-18 record. He was pinned by Harrisonville’s Austin Schaub in 2:36 and lost a 10-4 decision to Fulton’s Devan Hudson.

“Thomas is only a sophomore. He lost to the fifth- and sixth-place finishers,” Watkins said. “He improved the most from the beginning of the year until the end.”

Watkins reflected on St. Clair’s wrestling season.

“I’m very pleased with what we accomplished as a team. The kids competed all year. We have a long way to go as far as reaching goals I have for the program, but we took a small step in that direction,” Watkins said. “We need to commit to the weight room this offseason and make sure we are doing everything possible to improve individually and as a program. We finished 2-3 in conference and were 11-19 in duals. We were fourth at districts and won 48 percent of our matches.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

St. Clair at Washington    7 p.m.

Owensville at Borgia    7 p.m.

Union at Parkway West    7 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    7 p.m.

at Park Hills Central    7 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    7 p.m.

St. James at Cuba    7 p.m.

St. Dominic at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Trinity at Wright City    7 p.m.

Volleyball

Friday, Aug. 22

@ECC vs. Neosho    11 a.m.

Washington at Marquette    4:45 p.m.

@ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    5 p.m.

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    9 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington vs. St. Clair, North Field, 8:30 a.m.

G2 Pacific vs. Liberty, South Field, 8:30 a.m.

G3 Union vs. Farmington, North Field, 10:30 a.m.

G4 Borgia vs. Park Hills Central, South Field, 10:30 a.m.

G5 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, North Field, noon

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 loser, South Field, noon

G7 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, North Field, 1:30 p.m.

G8 G3 winner vs. G4 winner, South Field, 1:30 p.m.

Consolation — G5 winner vs. G6 winner, North Field, 3 p.m.

Seventh Place — G5 loser vs. G6 loser, South Field, 3 p.m.

Championship — G7 winner vs. G8 winner, North Field, 4:30 p.m.

Third Place — G7 loser vs. G8 loser, South Field, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Rolla at Union    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at Union    4:30 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    5 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Fulton St. Albans at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union    5 p.m.

#Washington vs. Seckman, Northwest    7 p.m.

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Washington at Rockwood Summit    Noon

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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