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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:00 pm

For five Union wrestling Wildcats, the season will continue in Columbia later this week.

Union qualified five of its wrestlers for the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships. The three-day event starts Thursday at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Advancing to Columbia are:

• Senior Alex Gaebe (138), who finished second;

• Senior Devon Fennessey (145), who finished second;

• Senior Cody Pace (152), who finished third;

• Junior Dalton Kuenzel (160), who finished third; and

• Junior Joe Lasky (220), who finished third.

“We qualified the five kids who were seeded in the top four at the district,” said Union Head Coach Justin Cranmer. “It would have been nice to get another kid or two to the state tournament. I thought that overall they wrestled well.”

As a team, the Wildcats finished sixth in the final team standings with 107.5 points.

Washington won the team title with 205.5 points.

Farmington took second at 177.5 points while Webster Groves was third at 127.5. Pacific was fourth at 117.5 points, De Soto ended fifth at 112.5 and Union followed in sixth.

After Union were Rockwood Summit (83.5), Sikeston (83.5), Hillsboro (74), Windsor (56), Poplar Bluff (54), Festus (45), Cape Central (39), St. Mary’s (34) and North County (18).

“We have come a long way in the last two years but I still expect a lot more from them,” Cranmer said. “I don’t want to be too hard on them now but I want to be competing for district championships and top four finishes at state now, not five years from now. I know that it will come with time. The program is moving in the right direction. Our schedule keeps improving and the better competition will help us to prepare for those tough district and state matches. We will continue to improve our offseason schedule and training to get better too.”

Gaebe (44-5) advanced to the title bout with two wins. He pinned Devin Somers of Pacific in 3:48 and then earned an 8-4 decision over Farmington’s William Seibert.

In the title match, Gaebe dropped a 13-5 major decision to Washington’s Cole Hamai.

Gaebe will open the Class 3 state tournament against Neosho sophomore Jason Box (33-19).

“Alex Gaebe took care of business and wrestled to his seed, finishing second to Cole Hamai from Washington,” Cranmer said. “Cole is a great wrestler. We are trying to get to that level as a team and wrestle with that type of intensity in every match. Alex wrestled him well and kept it close until the third period when Cole decided to cut him and take him down a few times.”

Fennessey (47-5) picked up two quick wins to reach the finals. He pinned Grant Feldt of Rockwood Summit in 1:01 and Lucas Ambrecht of Windsor in 15 seconds.

In the title bout, Fennessey lost by a 15-9 decision to Farmington’s Collin Huitt.

Fennessey will open the state tournament against Carthage freshman Tommy Bradshaw (31-11).

“Devon Fennessey made it to the finals but did not wrestle well against Huitt and took second,” said Cranmer. “He needs to stay aggressive at the state tournament. If he does he has a good shot at placing.”

Pace (48-7) won his first two matches before losing in the semifinals.

In the opening round, Pace pinned Austin Marler of Windsor in 1:14 and followed that with a 1:47 pin of Rockwood Summit’s Mike Marlow.

In the semifinals, Dalton Voyles of Pacific took a 5-2 decision over Pace. In the consolation semifinals, Pace secured a state berth with a 2:33 pin of Antwuan Dorsey of Sikeston.

In the third-place bout, Pace earned a 9-3 decision over Reed Dietiker of Webster Groves.

Pace will open the state tournament against Oak Park senior Dominic Cervantes (23-7).

“Cody Pace lost a close match to Dalton Voyles in the semifinals,” Cranmer said. “Those two have battled three times this year and every time has been a good match. Cody wrestled back to take third.”

Kuenzel (38-7) won his first match before being knocked into the wrestlebacks.

Kuenzel opened with a second-round win over Eric Decker of Poplar Bluff with a 5:11 pin.

In the semifinals Rockwood Summit’s Ian McIntosh took a 9-0 major decision over Kuenzel.

Kuenzel secured his Columbia trip by pinning Farmington’s Joseph Roberts in 1:58. He improved his draw with a 13-3 major decision against Windsor’s Tyler Warren in the third-place bout.

Kuenzel will open the state tournament against Neosho sophomore Chance Branstetter (33-18).

“Dalton Kuenzel wrestled well the whole weekend,” Cranmer said. “He lost to McIntosh, who is the top-ranked kid in the state, in the semifinals.”

Lasky (38-15), who wrestled most of the season at 285, followed the same path as his teammates.

In the second round, Lasky pinned Sikeston’s Tarrington Marks with one second left in the match. The pin went at 5:59.

Hillsboro’s undefeated Jarad Sheppard pinned Lasky in 3:11 during the semifinals.

Lasky came back to pin Rockwood Summit’s Tim Larrigan in 50 seconds. In the third-place bout, Lasky pinned Marks in 26 seconds to improve his state pairing.

Lasky will begin the state meet against McDonald County senior Jordan Moffett (42-1).

“Joe Lasky has really turned it on at the end of the year,” Cranmer said. “He has improved tremendously this year. He has become a good wrestler in just a few months.”

For Union’s other wrestlers, the season ended in the district tournament.

Three Union wrestlers reached the consolation semifinals, concluding one win short of making the state tournament.

Freshman Colton Faber (113) ended the season with a 33-9 record. He came within one win of reaching the state tournament after recording a 20-4 technical fall over Farmington’s Brady Rowl and a 7-2 decision against Sikeston’s Garrick Madison.

Washington’s Parker Neptune knocked Faber out of the meet.

Freshman Tyler Pace (120) ended his season at 32-19 and was beaten in the consolation semifinals.

After a quarterfinal loss to Washington’s Cody Gardner by a pin in 3:57, Pace rallied with a bye and a sudden victory win over Sikeston’s Javeon Bonner before losing to Pacific’s Joseph Rind.

Senior Joe Parrott (182) came within a win of making it to the state meet.

After a first-round loss, Parrott came back to defeat Pacific’s Andrew Cooper by a 3:57 pin and Rockwood Summit’s Tony Turner by a 7-6 decision before losing to Hillsboro’s Jeffrey Johnson.

Junior Jake Siddens (170) won his opener by pinning Poplar Bluff’s Steven Haley in 1:26, but lost his next two bouts to end the season at 31-22.

Senior Jordan Nowak (126) lost both of his matches to finish at 34-17.

Senior Dennis Dodd (132) lost his two matches to end at 9-8.

Senior Jimmy Lewis (195) lost his first two matches to end the season with a 5-8 record.


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 10

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.

Senior Legion State Tournament

At Liberty Park, Sedalia

Thursday, July 31

G1 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Lee’s Summit Post 189 Aux. Outlaws, 4 p.m.

G2 Joplin Miners vs. Festus Post 253, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 1

G3 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 3 p.m.

G5 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2

G6 Championship — G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 1 p.m.

G7 If-needed game — G6 winner vs. G6 loser, 4 p.m.

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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