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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

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


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