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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

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

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

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

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 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    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

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

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 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

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

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

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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