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December 12, 2013

Carl Junction Wrestling Classic full of talent

— A mat full of returning state tournament qualifiers will highlight Saturday’s 28th annual Carl Junction Wrestling Classic at Carl Junction High School.

The 11-team tournament will begin with pool matches at about 10 a.m. The top two wrestlers from each pool will advance to the semifinals. Championship matches will follow.

Reeds Spring has replaced Willard in the tournament field. Other Southwest Missouri teams are Webb City, Carthage, Diamond, Monett, Nevada, McDonald County and Carl Junction. Columbus, Labette County and Cherryvale from Southeast Kansas round out the field.

The field includes two individual returning Class 2 state champions — Chase Brennan of Monett at 113 pounds and Zach Kearney of Reeds Spring at 220.

“It’s a great tournament at the beginning of the year,” said Carl Junction athletic director Jesse Wall. “It allows teams to get an idea of where they are at this time of year. By and large, this tournament is always competitive with some great matches against great kids and we feel like it is going to be the same way this year.”

Returning state medalists include Seth Logan and Dakota Jones of Carthage, Tony Carranco of Webb City, Dayton Miller of Nevada, Broden LeMaster of Reeds Spring and Taylor Watkins of Columbus.

Seneca withdrew from the tournament, Wall said. Several of Seneca’s wrestlers played football two weeks ago against Maryville in the Class 3 championship game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

“The kids who haven’t been playing football are ready to wrestle,” said Seneca head coach Jeff Sill. “The kids who have been playing football aren’t in wrestling shape.”

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