Haiden Meyer won an individual title to help the Union wrestling Wildcats place 11th in the two-day Cape Girardeau Central Tiger Classic last weekend.
“Haiden Meyer continued to look impressive,” Union Head Coach Justin Cranmer said. “He keeps getting better at his leg attacks and is just such a physical wrestler that he is really hard to beat. He won the tournament without giving up any points except for one escape in the finals. He has not surrendered an offensive point this year except for escapes and penalty points.”
Meyer was the only one of Union’s eight wrestlers to make the title bouts and he went 5-0 in contested matches during the event.
As a team, the Wildcats scored 121.5 points to place between University City (10th at 131) and Carterville, Ill., (12th at 98).
Northwest, which won the Union Tournament the previous weekend, was the team champion at 348.5 points.
Jackson was second at 310 points with Marquette (235.5), Sikeston (221.5) and Christian County, Ky., (219) rounding out the top five.
The rest of the top 10 consisted of Dexter (207 points), Cape Central (201), Poplar Bluff (164), Francis Howell North (146.5) and University City.
Following Union were Carterville, New Madrid County Central (75), Park Hills Central (72), Kennett (43) and Cape Notre Dame (29).
Meyer opened by pinning New Madrid County Central’s Brett Gerecke in 1:34. He then pinned Dylan Bomar of Cape Notre Dame in 3:05 and was unopposed against Carterville.
In the quarterfinals, Meyer pinned Jackson’s Nathan Reiminger in 1:22. He then pinned Cape Central’s Reiss Groves in 1:20 in the semifinals.
For the title Meyer posted a 3-1 decision against Sikeston’s Landan Griggs.
Carter Sickmeier (120) and Ryder Kuenzel (170) each placed fifth.
Sickmeier won his first contested match against Dexter’s Drew Soule by a 4:17 pin. He then beat Poplar Bluff’s Quinten Bell, 8-2.
In the quarterfinals, Sickmeier won 10-6 over Jackson’s Grady Jackson. He then lost 10-4 to Christian County’s Ethan Wells in the semifinals.
Sickmeier lost a 12-2 major decision to University city’s Gabriel Sekou in the consolation semifinals before beating Jackson in the fifth-place match, 10-4.
“Carter Sickmeier really wrestled tough this weekend, too,” said Cranmer. “He has really improved on his positioning and is really figuring out how to wrestle at 120 since coming up from 106 last year. He lost a tough match to University City that I think he could have won if he had wrestled better but he will learn from it and improve. I am really proud of how much he has matured in the last year. He is a good wrestler who has so much potential.”
Kuenzel also was unopposed in his opener and won his first contested match, an 18-8 technical fall over Cape Central’s Andy Liu.
In the next match, Northwest’s Darrell Spencer defeated Kuenzel by a pin in 1:51.
In the quarterfinals, Jackson’s Justin Singleton pinned Kuenzel in 3:20. After another bye, he ran into Spencer for the second time in the event and fourth time within a week. Spencer won by a pin in 2:34, the third time he beat Kuenzel this season.
In the fifth-place bout, Kuenzel won by injury default over Sikeston’s Trent Elliott.
“Ryder Kuenzel was sick all weekend but was still able to go out and compete,” Cranmer said. “He was not even near 100 percent but continued to battle and was able to win matches. When we get back after the long break from competition I know he is one who will continue to improve as he keeps learning how to wrestle to his strengths and manage some of the bigger stronger and older kids he has to wrestle at 170 on varsity.”
Union’s David Clark (182) ended sixth. After an opening bye, he pinned Marquette’s Blake Fisher in 2:29.
Christian County’s Diion Leavell then pinned Clark in 1:45.
For the third time in a week Clark met Northwest’s Chase Stegall. This one ended like the other two, but Clark lasted until the 5:13 mark of the third period this time before being pinned.
Clark bounced back to pin Kennett’s Devonte Flakes in 3:00.
Jackson’s Cole Amelunke then posted a 10-3 decision over Clark in the consolation semifinals.
Dexter’s Jett Fetherston edged Clark for fifth, 3-2.
Steven Sanders (220) ended ninth, going 2-2 in contested matches. After getting pinned twice (3:33 by Northwest’s Calvin Cromer and 5:44 by Christian County’s Markus Green), Sanders won by a pair of forfeits.
Sanders then pinned University City’s Dariaun Pointer in 24 seconds and Jackson’s Kevin Crites in 4:30.
Joshue Wegescheide (132) ended 10th. He dropped his first contested bout to New Madrid County Central’s Keilan Gibbs by a 1:29 pin. In the next round, Jakerion Merritt of Christian County, pinned Wegescheide in 16 seconds.
Wegescheide was unopposed in his next bout before edging Joe Ellis of Carterville, 5-4. Cape Central’s Jeremish Johnson then beat Wegescheide for ninth, 11-9.
Ben Cox (138) lost his opener to Christian County’s Ishmael Griffie by a 2:53 pin. Poplar Bluff’s Garrett McClure then pinned Cox in 2:29.
Cox earned his first win by pinning Cape Central’s Conner Moore in 3:24 and followed thaat with a 3:09 pin of Sikeston’s Alex Hicks.
Justin Woods of Kennett then pinned Cox in 3:27 and Blake Bolin of Park Hills Central won in 4:07.
Cox won his final bout, beating New Madrid County Central’s Hunter Bailey by injury default.
Daniel Rowedder (145) wrestled two contested matches in the tournament, splitting. He won by injury default over Sikeston’s Aaron Hicks and lost to Poplar Bluff’s Josh Lawrinenko by a 1:38 pin. Rowedder also won once by forfeit.
Union’s next varsity action comes Jan. 10 when Hillsboro visits Union for a dual meet.