Area fans certainly will remember the 2014 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships.
Area wrestlers claimed two state titles with Pacific’s Austin Repp (170) and Union’s Dalton Kuenzel (182) winning Class 3 championship bouts Saturday at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Both Repp and Kuenzel won their championship matches by pins.
Repp (58-0) captured his second consecutive 170-pound state title and capped an undefeated season by pinning Neosho’s Kyle Hostetter in 1:46. For the tournament Repp won his four matches by pins, spending a cumulative time of 4:42 on the mat.
Kuenzel (46-2) won all four of his matches by pins as well, finishing Winnetonka’s Markel Fluker in 3:05 in the title bout.
Another area wrestler, Washington’s Nicholas Solter (126) competed in a championship match, but lost and finished second.
Solter lost to Hannibal’s Tyler Janes by a 15-0 technical fall in 5:27.
Seven other area wrestlers earned state medals as well.
• Pacific’s Josh Franek (120) finished third in Class 3.
• Owensville’s Alton Harrell (195) finished the season with fourth place in Class 2.
• Washington’s Kyle Summers (182) was a fifth-place finisher in Class 3.
• Placing sixth were Washington’s Parker Neptune (113), Logan Baird (195), Union’s Joe Lasky (220) and Owensville’s Christopher Dolles (170).
Washington’s Cole Hamai (145) lost an 8-7 decision to Kearney’s Andrew Borden one round short of the medals. Hamai lost in overtime on the opening day to eventual state champion Johnny Blankenship of Platte County.
St. Clair’s Dustin Conner (170) lost a 6-0 decision to Dolles in the third round of wrestlebacks.
Washington’s Cody Gardner (132) won in the opening round, but lost his next two matches.
Losing first-round matches, winning in the wrestlebacks and then losing were:
Pacific’s Dalton Voyles (160), Union’s Dylan Ahern (160), Washington’s Matt Pecka (275) Owensville’s Matt Pohlmann (132) and Bodie Bombach (160), Sullivan’s Alexander Crooks (160) and St. Clair’s Skyler Hutchison (195).
Area wrestlers eliminated on the first day were Washington’s Cody Hay (106), Josh Luck (138), Izeck Elbert (152) and Jeremy Monehan (160), Pacific’s Lane Smith (138), St. Clair’s Thomas Maple (106) and Chris Algiere (132), Sullivan’s Jacob Dixon (106), Ryan Eastman (132) and Travis Mogab (145) and Owensville’s Nicholas Plocinski (182).
Union’s Dawson Sickmeier (106) qualified, but did not wrestle due to suffering a concussion in the district meet the previous week.
In the team standings, Washington scored 63 points to place seventh.
Pacific was ninth in Class 3 with 47 points and Union finished 12th with 42 points.
Neosho won the state title with 218 points. Staley was second at 160.5. Kearney finished third at 138 points with Hannibal (115.5) and Platte County (110.5) rounding out the top five. Farmington was sixth with 72 points.
In Class 2, Owensville tied for 23rd with 30 points. St. Clair was 33rd with 7.5 points and Sullivan tied for 38th with three points.
Oak Grove won the team championship in Class 2 with 163 points. Rounding out the top five were Smithville (140.5), Kirksville (117), Fulton (101) and Pleasant Hill (96.5).
Park Hill won the team title in Class 4 over Rock Bridge with 132 points. Rock Bridge scored 126 and Timberland was third at 101. Holt placed fourth at 87.5 with Seckman scoring 80.5 points to take fifth.
In Class 1, Blair Oaks edged Whitfield for the team title. Blair Oaks finished with 98 points while Whitfield scored 95.5. Other top-five schools were Lawson (86), Marceline (84.5) and Plattsburg (82.5).