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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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