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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:15 am

Finishing fourth at the Branson Tournament, the Union wrestling Wildcats are preparing for the stretch drive.

With around a month to go before the state tournament, the Wildcats picked up valuable experience Saturday against teams it normally doesn’t face.

“I thought we wrestled a lot better on Saturday,” Union Head Coach Justin Cranmer said.

Union had wrestled Branson in a dual meet Friday night, winning by a point. That story is elsewhere in this section.

Union had one runner-up, Dalton Kuenzel (160).

Four Wildcats placed third while one placed sixth, three others were seventh. One Union wrestler ended eighth.

The Wildcats scored 176.5 points to finish fourth in the 16-team event.

Neosho won with 271 points and Nixa was second at 189. Bixby, Okla., took third with 187.5 points.

Following Union in the top 10 were Ste. Genevieve, Seneca, Branson, Monett, Bolivar and Reeds Spring.

Lee’s Summit was 11th with Sedalia Smith-Cotton, McDonald County, Rolla, Carl Junction and Webb City rounding out the event.

Kuenzel reached the championship match, losing to Mason Thompson of Bixby in the title bout, 15-7.

Kuenzel won twice by pins, once by major decision and once by a 6-5 decision over Jalen Skaggs of Seneca in the semifinals.

“Dalton Kuenzel had a great tournament,” Cranmer said. “He beat the Seneca kid, Jalen Skaggs, 6-5 in the semifinal match. Skaggs is ranked second in Class 2.”

Colton Faber (113) finished third.

“Colton Faber finished in third and wrestled tough,” Cranmer said. “He has been sick and missed a lot of matches this year so it was nice to have him back in the lineup.”

Faber won his first two matches, one by decision and one by technical fall, before getting a bye. He lost in the semifinals to Nixa’s Naseeph Al-Roubaie, 2-0, but came back to beat Monett’s Sean Jasatal on an injury default in the third-place match.

Alex Gaebe (138) placed third.

He pinned his first three opponents before losing by a 5-2 decision. In the third-place bout, he pinned McDonald County’s Christopher Dalton in 2:00.

“He pinned the Bolivar wrestler, Jacob Miles, in pool play,” Cranmer said. “Miles is ranked eighth in Class 2.”

Devon Fennessey (145) ended the tournament third.

After opening with a bye, Fennessey pinned his next two foes before losing by a pin in the semifinals. He recovered to pin Neosho’s Kyle Hostetter in the third-place bout.

Cody Pace (152) brought home third place.

“Cody Pace wrestled tough again at 152, finishing third,” Cranmer said. “He has improved a lot this year and is consistently winning tough matches.”

He pinned his first three opponents before losing in the semifinals by a pin. Pace defeated Brady Daniels of Lee’s Summit in the third-place bout, 8-2.

Jordan Nowak (126) was sixth.

Nowak won his first two matches, but then lost. He won a technical fall, but lost the fifth-place bout.

Jake Siddens (170) concluded with seventh place.

Siddens won his first match by a technical fall and moved forward with a bye, but then lost by a pin and then dropped a decision.

In the seventh-place match, he pinned Kyler Milligan of Lee’s Summit in 1:37.

Joseph Parrott (182) also took seventh place.

Parrott lost his opener, but won his next one and then took a bye. After another loss, Parrott pinned Branson’s Rowan Pepper in 2:00, a wrestler he lost to the previous night by overtime decision.

Joe Lasky (285) placed seventh.

Lasky opened with a bye, won a decision and lost. After another loss, Lasky pinned Monett’s Shawn Beeson for seventh.

Tyler Pace (120) was eighth.

Pace lost his opener but came back to win a decision and take a bye. He then lost his next two bouts.

Also wrestling for Union were Dennis Dodd (126), Nick Ciaccio (132) and Logan Meyer (160).

Each of the three went 1-2.


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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