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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, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    7 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

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

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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