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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:20 pm

With lofty goals for the MSHSAA wrestling championships, Washington left Mizzou Arena in Columbia a bit disappointed.

The Blue Jays did not bring home a Class 3 team trophy with a top four finish or an individual state champion.

Washington had four all-state medalists and finished seventh in the team standings with 63 points.

“We’re pretty disappointed in our overall team performance. That’s not to take anything away from some great individual performances. As a team, we did not achieve what we went there to do,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “I think our biggest problem was not wrestling for a full six minutes. At that level, you can’t take any breaks or stop wrestling. That got us into a lot of trouble.

“Once things started to not go our way, we were unable to recover and start over. It’s another learning experience. Regardless of what happened, I’m very proud of what we accomplished as a team. We had a great season. We’ll will be right back at it soon to continue to improve and work to obtain our goals.”

Leading Washington’s 11 state qualifiers was Nicholas Solter, who reached the 126-pound finals and settled for a second-place finish. He lost by technical fall, 15-0, to Hannibal’s Tyler Janes in the finals.

“I’ll be happy with it later down the road. Going into the match, I thought I had a better shot than how it went,” Solter said. “I knew it was going to be tough. It was hard.”

Solter (48-4) won by technical fall over Webb City’s Austin Thomas 18-3, claimed a 5-4 decision over McCluer’s Kamerun Williams and knocked off Neosho’s Kyler Rea 6-3 in the semifinals.

“We are very proud and happy for Nicholas to become a state runner-up for his first time reaching the podium,” Ohm said. “The greatest asset that Nicholas brings to every competition is his confidence.”

Kyle Summers (45-5) reached the medal stand with a 4-2 record and a fifth-place finish at 182 pounds. He pinned Platte County’s Adam Muehlebach in 51 seconds in the fifth-place match, the same opponent he lost to by a 13-12 decision in the quarterfinals.

“He’s the one who made me not achieve my goal. I just took it out on him,” Summers said. “I was taking it to him in the quarterfinals. He had no business being in the match. He head and armed me and got back in the match. Then he took the lead late when he head and armed me again.”

“Anything less that a state title was going to be a disappointment for Kyle, but we are proud of the way he came back after a heartbreaking quarterfinal loss to reach the podium,” Ohm said. “Kyle not only had a great season, but a great career. He has a lot to be proud of for what he’s done for this program.”

Also earning state medals with sixth-place finishes were Parker Neptune (113) and Logan Baird (195).

Neptune (35-12) posted a 3-3 state record. He lost a 4-0 decision to Platte County’s Mathew Barmann in the fifth-place match.

“It’s nice to get to state and be a medalist, but it’s not what I strive for or what this team strives for. We strive to be the best and anything less is disappointing,” Neptune said. “It’s my second year at state and my first medal. I have eight months to get better. Some of my matches were better than others, but I’m satisfied with how I prepared myself for state.”

“All six medalists in that bracket were extremely close. If you wrestled that tournament three times, all six of those guys could trade places on the podium,” Ohm said. “We’re excited that Parker became a medalist, but even more excited about how this has motivated him to prepare for his upcoming senior season.”

Baird (46-8) posted a 3-3 state record. He held a late 1-0 lead in the fifth-place match, but suffered a 2-1 loss to Kearney’s Brandon Adams.

“We put the work in the wrestling room and the results didn’t come out the way we wanted them to. We still gave all of our hearts to it,” Baird said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t come up with a gold medal, but I’m satisfied. I’m happy to get my first state medal.”

“Logan very quietly had a standout season and became a state medalist,” Ohm said. “More people should really understand just how great Logan did the past two years.”

Cole Hamai, who entered the state meet with a 43-0 record, did not reach the medal stand, going 2-2 at 145 pounds to finish with a 45-2 mark. He lost to eventual state champion Johnny Blankenship of Platte County in the first round in overtime.

“Although Cole didn’t finish his career the way probably almost everyone thought he would, it cannot go unrecognized that he is by far the most accomplished wrestler to ever step foot on the mat for Washington,” Ohm said. “He won three state medals, three conference titles and four district titles. He has been a great asset to this team the past four years and will be greatly missed.”

Also competing for Washington and not earning medals were:

• Cody Hey (106) with a 1-2 record, finishing 31-21 overall;

• Cody Gardner (132) with a 1-2 record, ending 14-6;

• Josh Luck (138) with a 0-2 record, finishing 38-16;

• Izeck Elbert (152) with a 0-2 record, ending 13-10;

• Jeremy Monehan (160) with a 0-2 record, finishing 28-24; and

• Matt Pecka (285) with a 1-2 record, ending 36-9.

“Our seniors on this team must be recognized. Over the past four years, they’ve brought this program to a new level and one that we will work hard to keep at that level,” Ohm said. “Their list of accomplishments is too long to list, but we are very thankful that they’ve been a part of this program.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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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