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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:20 pm

With lofty goals for the MSHSAA wrestling championships, Washington left Mizzou Arena in Columbia a bit disappointed.

The Blue Jays did not bring home a Class 3 team trophy with a top four finish or an individual state champion.

Washington had four all-state medalists and finished seventh in the team standings with 63 points.

“We’re pretty disappointed in our overall team performance. That’s not to take anything away from some great individual performances. As a team, we did not achieve what we went there to do,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “I think our biggest problem was not wrestling for a full six minutes. At that level, you can’t take any breaks or stop wrestling. That got us into a lot of trouble.

“Once things started to not go our way, we were unable to recover and start over. It’s another learning experience. Regardless of what happened, I’m very proud of what we accomplished as a team. We had a great season. We’ll will be right back at it soon to continue to improve and work to obtain our goals.”

Leading Washington’s 11 state qualifiers was Nicholas Solter, who reached the 126-pound finals and settled for a second-place finish. He lost by technical fall, 15-0, to Hannibal’s Tyler Janes in the finals.

“I’ll be happy with it later down the road. Going into the match, I thought I had a better shot than how it went,” Solter said. “I knew it was going to be tough. It was hard.”

Solter (48-4) won by technical fall over Webb City’s Austin Thomas 18-3, claimed a 5-4 decision over McCluer’s Kamerun Williams and knocked off Neosho’s Kyler Rea 6-3 in the semifinals.

“We are very proud and happy for Nicholas to become a state runner-up for his first time reaching the podium,” Ohm said. “The greatest asset that Nicholas brings to every competition is his confidence.”

Kyle Summers (45-5) reached the medal stand with a 4-2 record and a fifth-place finish at 182 pounds. He pinned Platte County’s Adam Muehlebach in 51 seconds in the fifth-place match, the same opponent he lost to by a 13-12 decision in the quarterfinals.

“He’s the one who made me not achieve my goal. I just took it out on him,” Summers said. “I was taking it to him in the quarterfinals. He had no business being in the match. He head and armed me and got back in the match. Then he took the lead late when he head and armed me again.”

“Anything less that a state title was going to be a disappointment for Kyle, but we are proud of the way he came back after a heartbreaking quarterfinal loss to reach the podium,” Ohm said. “Kyle not only had a great season, but a great career. He has a lot to be proud of for what he’s done for this program.”

Also earning state medals with sixth-place finishes were Parker Neptune (113) and Logan Baird (195).

Neptune (35-12) posted a 3-3 state record. He lost a 4-0 decision to Platte County’s Mathew Barmann in the fifth-place match.

“It’s nice to get to state and be a medalist, but it’s not what I strive for or what this team strives for. We strive to be the best and anything less is disappointing,” Neptune said. “It’s my second year at state and my first medal. I have eight months to get better. Some of my matches were better than others, but I’m satisfied with how I prepared myself for state.”

“All six medalists in that bracket were extremely close. If you wrestled that tournament three times, all six of those guys could trade places on the podium,” Ohm said. “We’re excited that Parker became a medalist, but even more excited about how this has motivated him to prepare for his upcoming senior season.”

Baird (46-8) posted a 3-3 state record. He held a late 1-0 lead in the fifth-place match, but suffered a 2-1 loss to Kearney’s Brandon Adams.

“We put the work in the wrestling room and the results didn’t come out the way we wanted them to. We still gave all of our hearts to it,” Baird said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t come up with a gold medal, but I’m satisfied. I’m happy to get my first state medal.”

“Logan very quietly had a standout season and became a state medalist,” Ohm said. “More people should really understand just how great Logan did the past two years.”

Cole Hamai, who entered the state meet with a 43-0 record, did not reach the medal stand, going 2-2 at 145 pounds to finish with a 45-2 mark. He lost to eventual state champion Johnny Blankenship of Platte County in the first round in overtime.

“Although Cole didn’t finish his career the way probably almost everyone thought he would, it cannot go unrecognized that he is by far the most accomplished wrestler to ever step foot on the mat for Washington,” Ohm said. “He won three state medals, three conference titles and four district titles. He has been a great asset to this team the past four years and will be greatly missed.”

Also competing for Washington and not earning medals were:

• Cody Hey (106) with a 1-2 record, finishing 31-21 overall;

• Cody Gardner (132) with a 1-2 record, ending 14-6;

• Josh Luck (138) with a 0-2 record, finishing 38-16;

• Izeck Elbert (152) with a 0-2 record, ending 13-10;

• Jeremy Monehan (160) with a 0-2 record, finishing 28-24; and

• Matt Pecka (285) with a 1-2 record, ending 36-9.

“Our seniors on this team must be recognized. Over the past four years, they’ve brought this program to a new level and one that we will work hard to keep at that level,” Ohm said. “Their list of accomplishments is too long to list, but we are very thankful that they’ve been a part of this program.”


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

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

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games