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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


Friday, Sept. 19

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

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

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

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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