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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.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles 85, Bayless 32

%Westminster 64, Washington 44

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific 48, Eureka 38

%Borgia 72, St. Clair 36

#South Callaway 68, North Callaway 29

#Hermann 28, Russellville 13

Crosspoint 59, Heritage Christian Academy 18

%Francis Howell Central 87, Union 79

#New Bloomfield 63, Montgomery Co 59

#Harrisburg 48, New Haven 39

Thursday, Jan. 15

#North Callaway 65, Montgomery County 58

#South Callaway 84, New Bloomfield 58

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Russellville 36, New Haven 34

#Harrisburg 51, Hermann 44

Friday, Jan. 16

%Washington 71, Bayless 43

%Union 65, St. Clair 52

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles 67, Westminster 50

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven vs. Montgomery Co.    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game — Russellville vs. North Callaway    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia 60, Francis Howell Central 53

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game — Bayless 58, St. Clair 43

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Bloomfield   3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game — Washington 66, Union 59

%Third-place game — Westminster 66, Francis Howell Central 62

#Championship game — Harrisburg vs. South Callaway    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game — St. Charles 65, Borgia 40

Sunday, Jan. 18

Pacific vs. Jefferson City (Mizzou)    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

Union 86, Warrenton 62

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Park Hills Central 72, St. Clair 55

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

Linn 59, New Haven 38

Thursday, Jan. 22

Union 86, Cuba 72

Fulton SA at Rivers of Life    6 p.m.

Borgia 70, O'Fallon Christian 35

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    7 p.m.

Pacific 69, Wichita Independent 46

Friday, Jan. 23

Cuba at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:45 p.m.

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

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Pacific vs. Riverton at Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    8:30 p.m.

New Haven at Chamois    6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Pacific vs. TBA, Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    TBA

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge vs. Northwest    5:30 p.m.

^Lutheran South vs. Hillsboro    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Owensville    6 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Wright City vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

~Montgomery Co vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Rock Bridge-Northwest loser vs. Lutheran South-Hillsboro loser    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois loser vs. Wright City-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois winner vs. Wright City-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

^Borgia-Union loser vs. Washington-St. Clair loser    7 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville loser vs. Montgomery Co-St. James loser    7:30 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville winner vs. Montgomery Co-St. James winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge-Northwest winner vs. Lutheran South-Hillsboro winner    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia-Union winner vs. Washington-St. Clair winner    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

St. Clair 60, Lutheran South 49

Pacific 65, Lindbergh 40

@Washington 79, Patriettes 28

#Harrisburg 69,  Russellville 45

#New Bloomfield 54, Montgomery Co 29   

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias 47, Sullivan 42

#North Callaway 49 vs. New Haven 39 

#Hermann 44 vs. South Callaway 40

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Ursuline 63, Pacific 44

St. Clair 58, Ft. Zumwalt East 27

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West 45, Union 38

@Borgia 57, Eureka 35

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Russellville 43,  New Haven 24

#North Callaway 63, Harrisburg 57

# South Callaway 46, Montgomery Co 28

#New Bloomfield 58, Hermann 50

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

St. Clair 54, Northwest 38

@Sullivan 64, Patriettes 32

@Union 56, Eureka 26

Friday, Jan. 16

@Helias 38, Washington 35

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven 52, Montgomery County 40

#Consolation — Russellville vs.  South Callaway  6 p.m.

@Borgia 47, St. Charles West 37

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game — Eureka 69, Patriettes 39

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. Harrisburg   2 p.m.

@Consolation game — Sullivan 45, Union 38

@Third-place game — Washington 55, St. Charles West 37

#Championship — New Bloomfield vs. North Callaway    5 p.m.

@Championship — Borgia 37, Helias 36

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville 78,  St. Clair 68

Warrenton 51, Union 44

New Haven 44, Montgomery Cnty 40 

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.-rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 23

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Pacific 63, Parkway West 43

New Haven 35, Wellsville 26

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

Borgia 56, O'Fallon Christian 26

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Pacific 55, Eureka 40

Thursday, Jan. 22

*Washington 56, Ft. Zumwalt East 30

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    5:30 p.m.

Silex 45, New Haven 44

Borgia 67, Trinity 22

Friday, Jan. 23

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt vs. Pacific    4 p.m.

^Union vs. Warrenton    5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

^St. Clair vs. Lutheran South    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. Wentzville Liberty    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Holt-Pacific loser vs. Union-Warrenton loser    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Washington-Wentzville Liberty loser vs. St. Clair-Lutheran South loser    5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt-Pacific winner vs. Union-Warrenton winner    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington-Wentzville Liberty winner vs. St. Clair-Lutheran South winner    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt North 39, Washington 36

*Union 41, St. James 24

*Union 49, Sullivan 24

Warrenton 48, Union 30

Thursday, Jan. 22

Priory/Windsor at Pacific    5 p.m.

Borgia at Festus    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 24

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Ft. Zumwalt South Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific at St. Clair    6 p.m.

Borgia at Helias Tri-Meet    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington vs. Borgia    noon

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington at St. Charles West    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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