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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 7:00 pm

Pacific made it back-to-back Four Rivers Conference wrestling titles with a dual meet victory Thursday over Union.

The Indians completed an unbeaten run through the league with a 43-22 win over the Wildcats at Pacific High School.

“We’re happy to be conference champions, but just like I told the kids, we can’t be satisfied. We can’t be satisfied for being good. We have to work to be great,” said Pacific Head Coach Rob Schimsa. “Some of our kids take that to heart and put in the extra work and some of them are just skating by, and we have to fix that. It’s getting toward the end of the year and some of our kids will move on, and some of them won’t.”

Owensville finished with one conference loss and Union suffered two league losses to place third.

“We gave ourselves a chance with the guys that we got. Our guys are working hard and getting better. I think we’re getting ready to peak for districts,” said Union Head Coach Justin Cranmer. “We’re ready for districts. Our lineup has shrunk over the last month. The nine or 10 guys we have are ready.”

Pacific won five of the eight contested matches and nine of the 14 overall.

The best matchup of the night was the 182-pound bout between Pacific’s Austin Repp and Union’s Dalton Kuenzel.

Repp, who moved up a weight class for the meet, is the defending Class 3 state champion at 170 pounds and unbeaten on the season. Kuenzel entered the match with just one loss, which came against Repp.

Repp (50-0) pinned Kuenzel (35-2) in 4:38 to remain unbeaten.

“Austin had another really good match. Kuenzel is ranked No. 1 in the state at 182 and Austin is No. 1 at 170. Austin handled him pretty well. He’s on another level,” Schimsa said. “The only person I think can beat Austin is Austin. He’s a smart wrestler and doesn’t make mistakes very often. He’s trying to get to 58 wins, which would be a perfect season in the state of Missouri, 58-0. He owns a lot of our single-season and career records. Hopefully he can get on top of the podium at state for the second time. He’s a great asset to any program. We’re lucky we have him.”

Cranmer reflected on the match.

“Repp is hard to beat. He’s a heck of a wrestler. He’s hard to even score on,” Cranmer said. “When Dalton gets down, he gets down. It’s harder for him to wrestle. He gets pretty emotional. It stinks that he got cradled and pinned. That’s Repp’s move. He’s going to cradle you and pin you.

“Repp will be at 170 for the district tournament. Dalton has a good shot at winning the state title. He’s going to have to get through (Kyle) Summers (Washington) again. We didn’t get to wrestle the kid from Neosho at Branson. We’ll probably run into him at state.”

Pacific’s other winners in contested matches were:

• Lane Smith (138) won in sudden death overtime over Dalton Fennessey, 4-2;

• Danny Nickelson (145) won by decision over Shane Foster, 14-9;

• James Spencer (152) won by decision over Devin Mainard, 2-1; and

• Dalton Voyles (170) won by major decision over Dylan Ahern, 13-3.

Josh Franek (120), Zain Mathena (126), Tyler Greer (160) and Jarrett Harrison (195) each won by forfeit.

“It was a total team effort,” Schimsa said. “We had to move some people around to get better matchups and make it a better dual.”

Union’s winners in contested matches were:

• Chandler Adkins (106) won by major decision over Jai Lewis, 18-8;

• Tyler Pace (132) pinned Brandon Turner in 3:05; and

• Joe Lasky (220) pinned over Jamie Myers in 1:11.

Josh Clark (113) won by forfeit. Both teams were open at 285.

“If we win the overtime match at 138, that’s a six-point swing. And we had him on his back at 145 and ended up with a loss. Those were two big matches,” Cranmer said. “I was proud of Chandler for winning at 106. That was big. Dylan had a good match at 170 against Voyles. That’s going to help him for seeding at the district tournament. Tyler Pace is coming on. He won’t be seeded in the top four at districts, but he’s going to upset some kids and qualify for state. Joe Lasky is an animal. He’s very physical. He wrestled well.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Oct. 3

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

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6


Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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