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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

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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