The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 15, 2013

Koon, Lane win; Neosho starts fast at state

The Joplin Globe

— Nick Koon of Carl Junction and Alex Lane of Webb City won their Class 3 first-round matches Thursday in the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena.

Koon, a senior at 152 pounds, was leading 9-0 before he pinned Justin Manzella of Fort Zumwalt North in the third period. Lane, a junior at 170, pinned Asa Brand of Liberty North in the second period.

Webb City’s Brayden Goff at 160 and Tony Carranco at 285 were defeated in the first round, but remained in the tournament with victories in the first-round wrestlebacks.

Ten of Neosho’s 13 qualifiers won their first-round matches, and the other three won their matches in the first-round wrestlebacks. The Wildcats led the team standings with 45 points, while Platte County was second with 30. No. 1-ranked Kearney was tied for fourth with 24 points.

Seven Neosho wrestlers won their first-round matches by pin — Kyler Rea at 106, Johnathan Williams at 113, Nate Rodriguez at 132, Kyle Hostetter at 145, Sam Williams at 152, Christian Lopez at 220 and Aaron Clardy at 285.

River Buttram at 120 won by technical fall, Ben Elledge at 195 scored a major decision, and Jacob Brock at 182 defeated Conyer Hon of Platte County 1-0.

Three Carthage wrestlers — Gage Gartner at 126, Seth Logan at 132 and Trevor Feagans at 138 — advanced to the quarterfinals. Gartner and Feagans pinned their opponents, while Logan scored a major decision.

Three of Carthage’s eight state qualifiers remained in the tournament with victories in the first-round wrestlebacks.

McDonald County’s Josh Kinser at 132, Jacob Dalton at 145 and Jordan Moffett at 220 pinned their opponents and advanced to the quarterfinals.

In Class 4, Joplin’s Don Hollingshead at 152, who led 8-3 going into the third period, dropped a 12-11 decision in the first round to Jacob Kaibel of Troy.

Hollingshead, a senior, remained in the tournament with a 2-1 decision over Christian Alexander of Lafayette (Wildwood) in the first-round wrestlebacks.

No. 1-ranked Park Hill led a tight race in the team standings with 30 points. Timberland was second with 29 points and Blue Springs was third with 24 points.