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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.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

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.

Wrestling

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

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