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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.”


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games