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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:30 pm

It was extremely hard to miss Union’s state medalist, Dalton Kuenzel.

Sporting a red mohawk, Kuenzel showed the swagger to back up such a hairstyle by placing third in Class 3 at 160 pounds.

“My friend, Devon Fennessey, and I got together and decided to cut our hair and do it red,” Kuenzel said. “So we did it just for fun. It washes out.”

Kuenzel went 43-8 during his junior season while finishing high on the podium.

“I’m very pleased,” Kuenzel said. “It’s the highlight of my career so far. Hopefully next year I can be No. 1. I would like that.”

Kuenzel posted over half of Union’s 35 team points in the meet. All five Union wrestlers contributed to the team score, but Kuenzel’s 20 team points made a huge difference.

Dalton opened the meet with a pin against Neosho’s Chance Branstetter in 3:45.

But, in the quarterfinals, Kuenzel met his toughest opponent in the state meet.

Kearney’s Blain Drescher held the distinction of being the only wrestler to beat Kuenzel in the state tournament. But Kuenzel was able to get back at Drescher later in the meet.

Drescher took a 7-2 quarterfinal victory over Kuenzel Friday to reach the semifinals. Kuenzel moved into the second round of wrestlebacks.

“I would have to say Drescher was my toughest opponent,” Kuenzel said. “He beat me the first time to go to the semifinals, but I came back to beat him for third place. I was pretty excited about that.”

Faced with fighting back through the wrestleback rounds, Kuenzel made quick work of his next two opponents.

Kuenzel pinned Hillcrest’s Jesse Kerr in 2:08. In the third round of wrestlebacks Friday night, Kuenzel secured a place in the medal rounds with a 2:22 pin of Webb City’s Braden Goff.

Saturday’s bouts weren’t easy. Kuenzel ran into longtime rival Caleb Summers of Washington in the fourth round of wrestlebacks.

Kuenzel won the match, 7-2, to move into the third-place bout.

“Summers is a very good wrestler,” Kuenzel said. “I give him a lot of credit.”

Kuenzel’s final opponent was Drescher. After losing in the semifinals, Drescher defeated Warrensburg’s Jared Alnutt to reach the third-place bout.

Kuenzel took note of what happened in the first match against Drescher and was able to adjust.

Dalton controlled the first two periods and even was able to run a move successfully for the first time.

“I hit a spladle on him,” Kuenzel said. “That was the first time I’ve been able to do that. He’s a great kid. I’ve got to give him a lot of props.”

Kuenzel was able to build up a lead through the first two periods and then hold on for the victory in the third, 6-2.

“Dalton Kuenzel had a great tournament,” Union Head Coach Justin Cranmer said. “He lost to (Blain) Drescher from Kearney in the quarterfinals but wrestled all the way back to the third-place match and beat him for third. Drescher was second in state last year (at 160) so it was a great win for Dalton. Four out of his seven losses this year have come from state champions.”

Two of Kuenzel’s losses this season came against Class 3 170-pound champion Austin Repp of Pacific.

Other losses came against Francis Howell North’s Jeremiah Reed, Bixby, Okla., wrestler Mason Thompson, St. Charles West’s Casey Bartee, Whitfield’s William Hahn and Rockwood Summit’s Ian McIntosh.

McIntosh won the 160-pound championship. Bartee was the 160-pound winner in Class 2.

Hahn finished third in Class 1 at 160 pounds. Reed reached the third round of wrestlebacks at 170 pounds in Class 4. Thompson qualified for the Oklahoma state tournament.

Kuenzel and Joe Lasky (220) are the only two state qualifiers who can come back for Union next season. Union’s other three qualifiers, Alex Gaebe (138), Fennessey (145) and Cody Pace (152) are seniors this year.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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