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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:30 pm

After winning a state wrestling championship last year as a junior, Pacific’s Austin Repp made it his goal to have a perfect 58-0 senior season.

Mission accomplished.

Repp capped a remarkable high school career by winning his second straight state title in Class 3 at 170 pounds Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

In Saturday’s title match, Repp pinned Neosho’s Kyle Hostetter with his cradle move in 1:46.

Because high school wrestlers in Missouri are not permitted to compete in more than 50 matches during the regular season, a 58-0 season is the absolute best record possible.

Repp is the first wrestler in the history of the state to have a 58-0 record, according to MSHSAA Communications Director Jason West.

“I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said Repp, who was 56-2 last season. “Since my sophomore year, I wanted to be undefeated.”

As was the case last season at the state meet, Repp had a business-like attitude, not showing much emotion after winning the state crown.

“I’ve always been that way. I’m excited, even though I don’t show it,” Repp said. “My dad tells me before every match to be smart. I just had to make sure to wrestle smart and not get in bad positions.”

The numbers for Repp are staggering.

In all eight of his combined district and state matches, Repp registered first-period pins. He spent a total of 4:42 on the mat in his four matches at state. His longest match at state was in the finals, which lasted 1:46.

When asked if he had many matches during the season that went into the third period, the humble Repp said, “no, not really.”

To be specific, Repp had just four matches go the distance this season. His closest match was an 8-3 win over Union’s Dalton Kuenzel, who won the 182-pound title in Class 3. He gave up just two takedowns and one reversal all season.

“Austin had as dominant of a season as I’ve seen,” said Pacific Head Coach Rob Schimsa. “The pressure of the state meet doesn’t seem to get to him.”

Repp completed his high school career with a 203-15 overall record, ending with 78 consecutive victories, and had 155 career pins. He’s a four-time state qualifier and a three-time state medalist, placing third during his sophomore season.

In his first three matches at this year’s state meet, Repp pinned Warrensburg’s Ben Richner in 54 seconds, Lebanon’s Adrian Palmer in 1:31 and Kearney’s Dalton Lewis in 41 seconds.

Pacific now has won eight individual state wrestling championships by five different wrestlers. Repp joins Scott Fiedler as the school’s only multiple state champion.

The Indians’ state champions are Roger Toben (1976), Fiedler (three times from 1983-85), Kent Sutterer (1990), Jesse Knott (2007) and Repp (2013-14).

“Austin wasn’t far away from being a three-time state champion. He lost in overtime in the quarterfinals (145 pounds) his sophomore year in a match he was winning to a kid who lost in overtime in the finals,” Schimsa said. “Austin is such a good kid. Everyone likes him. He’s respectful. He holds a 4.06 cumulative grade-point average.”

Repp won the state crown on Saturday with his best move, the cradle.

“That’s what I’ve been doing since I started wrestling. I haven’t won as many matches that way this year because I decided I needed to change it up since everyone knows it’s coming,” Repp said.

“He’s known for that move,” Schimsa said. “But he’s good enough that he can win with other moves.”

So did Repp see himself having this dominant of a career?

“My freshman year, I remember me and Jeff Miller (an all-state wrestler at Pacific last season) talking about how our seasons were going to go. We both thought it would be nice to go over .500 that season,” Repp said. “I wanted to win state every year, but unfortunately, fell short of that.”

Just minutes after winning his state championship match, Repp was seen in the back area of Mizzou Arena talking to Hostetter, his finals opponent, and giving him a few pointers.

“We were just talking. He’s a real nice kid,” Repp said. “I talk to pretty much everyone I wrestle, if they’ll talk to me. I just like to talk about wrestling and the kind of season everyone is having.”

Schimsa said Repp easily could be a wrestling coach.

“If that’s something Austin wanted to do, he could do it. He has good wrestling knowledge and deals well with others,” Schimsa said. “He’s just a special kid. It was a pleasure to have him in our program. Kids like Austin don’t come around very often.”

Repp said he does plan to wrestle in college.

“I haven’t decided where I’m wrestling next year, but I am going to do it,” he said.

Is a Division I school a possibility?

“I’m still deciding what I want to do,” Repp said. “I have different options at each level.”

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62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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