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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:00 am

Justin Cranmer’s goal is to build a strong wrestling program at Union High School.

If the team’s performance at the MSHSAA Championships last weekend is any indication, he’s well on the way to that goal.

Union scored 35 points in the Class 3 competition to tie for 17th place in the event.

“That was a big improvement over the three points and 43rd-place finish last year,” Cranmer said. “We are moving in the right direction as a program. Next year we could have a few state medalists and move up even more in the state standings.”

Of Union’s five wrestlers, one, junior Dalton Kuenzel, stepped onto the medal stand on the final day. He finished third in the 160-pound weight class while scoring 20 of Union’s 35 team points.

All five of Union’s wrestlers contributed to the team score as each won at least one match in the state meet.

Senior Alex Gaebe (138) reached the third round of wrestlebacks before losing on a tiebreaker.

Seniors Devon Fennessey (145), Cody Pace (152) and junior Joe Lasky (220) each reached the second round of wrestlebacks.

Union’s standout was Kuenzel, who placed third as a junior.

“Dalton Kuenzel had a great tournament,” Cranmer said. “He lost to (Blain) Drescher from Kearney in the quarterfinals but wrestled all the way back to the third-place match and beat him for third. Drescher was second in state last year (at 160) so it was a great win for Dalton. Four out of his seven losses this year have come from state champions.”

Sporting a red mohawk, Kuenzel opened the meet by pinning Neosho’s Chance Branstetter in 3:45.

In the quarterfinals, Kuenzel ran into Blain Drescher of Kearney, losing by a 7-2 decision. Kuenzel learned from this experience and the two ended up meeting again later in the tournament.

Moving into the wrestlebacks, Kuenzel took care of business with a pair of pins to reach the medal rounds.

Kuenzel pinned Hillcrest’s Jesse Kerr in 2:08 and then knocked out Webb City’s Brayden Goff in 2:22.

Competing in the fourth round of wrestlebacks, Kuenzel paired up with Washington’s Caleb Summers in a bout of local wrestlers.

This time, Kuenzel won, 7-2, to set up a rematch with Drescher in the third-place bout.

Seeing Drescher for a second time, Kuenzel controlled most of the match to emerge with a 6-2 victory and the third-place medal and a 43-8 final record.

Gaebe finished his senior season at 46-7 and opened with a 9-1 major decision over Neosho’s Jason Box.

In the quarterfinals, Gaebe lost an 8-5 decision to eventual fourth-place finisher Grant Sachs of Ladue.

Gaebe bounced back to eliminate Sikeston’s Jacob Stinnett by a 12-0 major decision in the second round of wrestlebacks.

But Connar Loderhose of Willard, the eventual sixth-place finisher, knocked out Gaebe with a 7-3 tiebreaker victory.

“Alex Gaebe lost his quarterfinal match but wrestled all the way back to the bubble match to place and lost in double overtime,” Cranmer said. “He wrestled great to get there but just could not hold on for the win in overtime. That was a heartbreaking loss. Alex is such a hard worker and good kid. We were both pretty upset when he lost.”

Fennessey reached the second round of wrestlebacks. He finished the season at 48-7.

Fennessey opened by pinning Carthage’s Tommy Bradshaw in 40 seconds.

In the quarterfinals, Fennessey lost a 13-5 major decision to Ft. Zumwalt South’s Nic Smith. Smith went on to finish fourth.

In the second round of wrestlebacks, Warrensburg’s James Culp picked up a 13-6 decision over Fennessey. Culp went on to place third.

Pace lost his opener to Oak Park’s Dominic Cervantes by a pin in 3:43.

After that, Pace pinned Westminster Christian’s Keegan Brown in 1:43, but then lost an 11-2 major decision to Carl Junction’s Nick Koon in the second round of wrestlebacks.

Koon went on to place sixth.

Pace finished the year with a 49-9 record.

Union’s other junior, Joe Lasky, exited the tournament via injury.

Lasky opened the tournament with a loss to McDonald County’s Jordan Moffett, the eventual runner-up, in 2:55. Moffett lost in the title bout on ultimate tiebreaker.

Lasky bounced back to pin Westminster Christian’s Wes Park in 4:38.

However, midway through his match against McCluer’s Di’ontay Hatch, Lasky suffered a severe ankle injury and had to default out of the match at the 2:36 mark.

Hatch went on to place sixth.

Lasky finished the season at 39-17.

“Joe Lasky really wrestled well too,” Cranmer said. “He lost in the first round to Jordan Moffett from McDonald County who finished second. Then he pinned in the wrestlebacks. He was wrestling a close match in the second-round wrestleback match when he sprained and broke his ankle. I really think he had a good shot at winning that match and placing before he injury defaulted.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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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