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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:00 pm

While Washington fell short of its goals of an individual state champion and a team trophy during the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships last Thursday through Saturday at Mizzou Arena, it still was an impressive performance.

The Blue Jays had four wrestlers reach the medal stand with top six finishes in their respective weight classes and earned a sixth-place finish in the Class 3 team standings with 79.5 points.

“Although so many great things happened, it’s so hard to be happy. All year, we had a specific set of goals to accomplished and we fell short,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “We had it within reach and just couldn’t finish. We kind of self destructed in the semifinals and the last wrestleback round, going 0-8. I really think if we could of pulled that round out, we would be talking about Washington’s first team trophy in school history.”

Kearney and Neosho shared the Class 3 state title with 152 points apiece. Also earning team trophies were Staley with 117 points and Warrensburg with 91.5 points.

Wrestling to third-place finishes for Washington were senior Spencer Baird (152) and juniors Cole Hamai (138) and Kyle Summers (170).

Also medaling was senior Caleb Summers (160) with a sixth-place finish.

Baird (48-8) capped his WHS career with an 8-6 victory over Neosho’s Sam Williams in the third-place match.

“I’m happy to get third place. I never gave up. I finally got to medal,” Baird said. “It’s what I’ve worked for all 13 years I’ve wrestled.”

Baird won his first two matches over Kearney’s Jaxton Bingham 9-0 and by pinning Carl Junction’s Nick Koon in 3:39 in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Baird lost a 7-2 decision to eventual state champion Zadac Lankford of Warrensburg (54-0). He bounced back to win a 5-2 decision over Ladue’s Chase Ridenour to reach the third-place match.

Hamai (53-4) ended his standout season with a 9-8 victory over Ladue’s Grant Sachs in the third-place match.

“I’m glad I was able to finish on top in my last match and finish my season off with a win,” Hamai said. “It felt good helping the team, even though we didn’t place. It was good.”

Hamai opened with wins of 2-0 over Willard’s Connar Loderhose and a 16-1 technical fall victory over Westminster’s Dominic Barressi in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Hamai was pinned by eventual runner-up Trevor Feagans of Carthage in 4:36. He came back to win an 11-1 major decision over Willard’s Connar Loderhose to reach the third-place contest.

Kyle Summers (25-10) won his third-place match with an 8-6 decision over Ft. Zumwalt North’s Ryan Thomas.

“It was good to come back and win third place,” Summers said. “It would have been nice to win in the semifinals and get to the last match.”

Summers won his first two matches by pin over Westminster’s Brink Thompson in 2:25 and a 15-5 major decision over Willard’s Hunter Yeargan in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Summers lost in overtime 3-2 to eventual runner-up Casey Bryan of Winnetonka. He came back to claim a 10-3 decision over Warrensburg’s Brett Marr to reach the third-place match.

Caleb Summers (47-11) lost in the fifth-place match by a 3-2 decision to Warrensburg’s Jared Allnutt.

“I feel good that I medaled, but I’m still disappointed about the way I wrestled. (Saturday) and in the semifinals. The rest of my matches were good and I still got a medal,” Summers said. “It was a good experience. I’m glad to be a state medalist. I remember being a little kid and wishing I could be here at state. Now that I’ve been here a couple of times, it feels good.”

Summers opened with wins of 12-11 over Hillcrest’s Jesse Kerr and 12-0 over Ft. Zumwalt North’s Luke Sammelmann.

In the semifinals, Summers lost to eventual runner-up Tyler Warren of Windsor by a 5-2 decision. He then lost to Union’s Dalton Kuenzel 7-2 in the consolation semifinals.

Washington’s six other state qualifiers were Parker Neptune (113), Cody Gardner (120), Nicholas Solter (126), Cody Summers (132), Logan Baird (195) and Matt Pecka (285).

Neptune (44-13) went 2-2 in the event. He was pinned by Helias’ Dylan Linsenbardt in 4:57 in the opener, but came back to pin Westminster’s Joe Welker in 1:32 and claim a 14-7 decision over Neosho’s Johnathan Williams. He was eliminated by Webster Groves’ Lamont Wilson by a 5-3 decision.

Gardner (23-8) had a 1-2 record. He opened with a 14-6 win over Republic’s Tanner (Willis) Edgen, but dropped his next two matches to Staley’s Chris Allen 8-1 and to Ft. Zumwalt North’s Trenton Jaco, 12-8.

Solter (42-8) was 1-2 overall. He opened with a pin over Ft. Zumwalt North’s Eric Byers in 2:49, but lost his next two matches to Platte County’s Johnny Blankenship 5-2 and Neosho’s Dakota McGarrah, 15-2.

Cody Summers (36-21) had a 2-2 record. He lost in the opener to Kearney’s Blake Clevenger 10-2, but bounced back with a 5-2 win over Ft. Zumwalt South’s Matthew Estrada and with a pin over McDonald County’s Josh Kinser in 1:59. He was then eliminated by Platte County’s Caleb Crabtree, 4-3.

Logan Baird (40-15) went 2-2 in the event. He lost his opener to Staley’s Daltan Sweet 3-0, but came back to pin Ft. Zumwalt North’s Evan Miller in 1:45 and defeat Neosho’s Ben Elledge, 7-3. He was eliminated by Branson’s Tritton Barnes by a 2-1 tiebreaker.

Pecka (36-19) notched a 2-2 record. He lost in the first round to McCluer’s Xavier Jenkins 2-1, but came back to win his next two matches over Carthage’s Blaine Perry 1-0 and by a 5-2 tiebreaker over Farmington’s Payton Napoli. He was eliminated by Webb City’s Tony Carranco, 1-0.

“I am very proud of all 10 young men who represented not only our school, but our community. Hopefully sometime soon, they can take a step back and look at all the things they accomplished this season and be proud,” Ohm said. “I really think that one round is going to stick with a lot of them and they will use that to motivate them through the tough spots to put us back in that position next year. If I know these boys like I think I do, we will be talking about our first state champions and team trophy this time next year.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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