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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:30 am

St. Clair senior Matt Gordon is a unique athlete.

As tough as they come on the wrestling mat, Gordon also possesses the skills it takes to be one of the best golfers at St. Clair High School.

He’s currently making the transition from wrestling to golf after placing fifth at 195 pounds in Class 2 during the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships last Thursday through Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

“I’m really looking forward to the golf season,” Gordon said after receiving his all-state wrestling medal. “Hopefully I’ll get a chance to play golf in college.”

Gordon is a three-time wrestling state qualifier after not competing on the team last year as a junior. He did not win a state match during his freshman and sophomore state appearances, but made up for it this year.

“It’s a great feeling to come here and place my senior year. I’m glad I came back and wrestled this year,” Gordon said. “Coach (Brent) Yule and Coach (Chris) Keagy are amazing coaches. They helped me a lot this year.”

Gordon (39-7) won a 10-5 decision Saturday over Oak Grove’s Preston Airington in the fifth-place match.

Gordon won both of his first two matches in overtime, 3-1 over Excelsior Springs’ Will Simpson and 7-5 over Monett’s Devon Overall.

In the semifinals, Gordon was pinned by Reeds Springs’ Tyler Miller in 2:00. He then lost in the consolation semifinals 5-4 to Owensville’s Alton Harrell.

“The semifinal match was tough. He was very good. I don’t know what happened. He’s a tough kid,” Gordon said.

“I’m proud of the fact that Matt wrestled really hard all weekend. He’s probably a little disappointed with his place. It doesn’t show the effort that he gave,” said St. Clair Head Coach Brent Yule. “In his quarterfinal match, he was down by three points with probably 30 seconds left and got an escape and a takedown to tie it. He was disappointed with the outcome of his semifinal match. His bracket was so even. A lot of them were one-point matches. He dropped down in the consolation and had a tough go against Harrell, who is a great wrestler. He wrestled really well in the fifth-place match.”

Yule said Gordon was an important member of the team.

“Matt’s a great leader for our team, especially by example. All the kids can follow his work ethic and see how he prepares for every match,” Yule said. “It means a lot to myself and Coach Keagy that we have someone that the younger kids can see. We are a pretty youthful team. It really helped that Matt was there.”

Five other Bulldogs competed at the state tournament.

Skyler Hutchison (28-6) won his first match at 182 pounds by pinning St. Charles West’s Ryan Meyer in 1:12.

In the quarterfinals, Hutchison lost a 13-8 decision to Belton’s Chance Barnes. He then lost in the wrestlebacks to Sullivan’s Danton Creek, 7-4.

“Skyler wrestled kind of the way he wrestled all year. There were a lot of ups and downs with him. If we can get him squared and more focused, he’s going to be a heck of a wrestler. He’s got so much explosiveness. He can beat just about anybody if his mind is right,” Yule said. “He wrestled hard. He was winning in the quarterfinals and ended up losing a heartbreaker. He then lost in the wrestlebacks to a kid who he beat earlier in the year. It’s such a mental game, especially when you come here. When you get knocked out of the winner’s bracket and drop down to the consolation bracket, it’s tough to bounce back.”

Freshman Ethan Koenig (18-19) went 0-2 at 113 pounds. He was pinned by Cameron’s Trevor Burkhart in 1:37 and lost a 4-1 decision to St. Charles West’s Austin Schuler.

Sophomore Chris Algiere (22-23) was 0-2 at 120. He lost by technical fall 18-2 to Osage’s Chris Johnson and was pinned by Fulton’s Jason Pae in 2:20.

“Chris and the other guys came here ready to wrestle,” Yule said. “In the first round, maybe they were intimidated by everything, but it was a great experience for them and hopefully they can build off of it.”

Sophomore Chase Cohen (18-24) went 0-2 at 126. He was pinned by Mexico’s Jordan Jones in 3:30 and lost a 7-5 decision to Excelsior Springs’ Bret Rider.

“Chase bounced back in his second match. I couldn’t have asked for a better effort. He lost 7-5, but was winning the match for two periods,” Yule said. “He’s a sophomore and a second-year wrestler. The improvements he’s made have been remarkable.”

Junior Dustin Conner (26-8) was 0-2 at 170. He lost an 8-0 major decision to Fulton’s Zach Benner and was pinned by Monett’s Wesley Abramovitz in 2:57.

“It was nice to see us really peak at districts. Half of our six kids who qualified technically weren’t expected to make it to state. They came though and beat worthy opponents to make it here. I was really proud of that fact. They kept wrestling through thick and thin,” Yule said. “We also had two other freshmen who I thought would make it to state and fell a little short. I’m excited that we had some younger kids who had success. Hopefully they get addicted to that and keep pushing forward.”


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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