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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 5:15 pm

With Dustin Conner leading the way, St. Clair had four wrestlers qualify for this week’s state meet during the Class 2 District 1 Tournament last Friday and Saturday at Ste. Genevieve High School.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state competition, which runs Thursday through Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in the 14-team field.

Ste. Genevieve claimed the district title with 255 points. Dexter finished second with 198 points followed by Park Hills Central with 148, St. Clair with 113, Affton with 101.5, Sumner with 81 and Sullivan with 78 to round out the top seven.

“As a whole, finishing fourth out of 14 was not bad considering how young we are. We lose only two seniors,” said St. Clair Head Coach Bryan Watkins. “I thought we could get two more through, but the breaks did not fall our way in those matches. I’m very proud of the team and how they competed all year. We got better throughout the year.”

Conner, a senior, claimed the 170-pound title with a 4-0 record, improving to 25-3 on the season.

Winning all four matches by pin, Conner defeated Affton’s Luke Inman in 44 seconds in the finals.

“We expected this all year from Dustin,” Watkins said. “He’s been consistent all year for us and has been waiting for this moment for four years.”

Skyler Hutchison, a senior, also reached the finals and settled for a second-place finish at 195 pounds with a 2-1 record, improving to 25-6 on the season.

Winning his first two matches by pin, Hutchison lost a 7-4 decision to Ste. Genevieve’s Ethan Vaeth in the finals.

“I know Skyler is disappointed he did not win the district title, but I expect him to rebound and challenge for a state medal,” Watkins said. “He’s a very good wrestler and like Dustin, has been looking forward to this for four years.”

Also qualifying for state were Chris Algiere and Thomas Maple.

Algiere, a junior, took third place at 132 pounds with a 4-1 record, improving to 25-21 on the season.

He lost in the semifinals to Ste. Genevieve’s Tanner Jones, but bounced back with a pair of wins, including a 14-0 major decision over Sullivan’s Ryan Eastman in the third-place match.

“Chris has wrestled great over the last month. He’s peaking at the right time,” Watkins said. “He fought through a tough back injury during the first half of the year.”

Maple, a sophomore, took fourth place at 106 pounds with a 2-2 record, moving to 22-16 on the season.

Maple rebounded from a semifinal loss to pin Park Hills Central’s Todd Boyer in the consolation semifinals. He then lost a 6-2 decision to Sullivan’s Jacob Dixon in the third-place match.

“Thomas has wrestled well all year, but has wrestled exceptional over the last month,” Watkins said. “I was not surprised he got through.”

St. Clair’s Colton Huddleston reached the 285-pound semifinals, but lost his next two matches. He had a 2-2 record and ended the season with a 21-14 mark.

Also competing for St. Clair and not qualifying were:

• Lucas Davis (113) was 1-2, finishing with a 15-16 record;

• Ethan Koenig (120) was 2-2, ending with a 13-19 record;

• Zach Long (126) was 1-2, finishing with a 3-15 record;

• Chase Cohen (138) was 2-2, ending with a 16-24 record;

• Austin Nappier (145) was 1-2, finishing with a 5-27 record;

• Cody Stroup (152) was 0-2, ending with a 17-24 record; and

• Jarred Dingley (220) was 1-2, finishing with a 7-22 record.

Sullivan Eagles

Sullivan also had four wrestlers qualify for the state meet.

Moving on for the Eagles were Alex Crooks (second at 160), Jacob Dixon (third at 106), Travis Mogab (third at 145) and Ryan Eastman (fourth at 132).

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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

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