The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 21, 2013

Joplin places sixth

Joplin took home four medals and placed sixth as a team Saturday in the Miami (Okla.) Invitational wrestling tournament.

Joplin’s medalists were Joe Crawford, a freshman who was runner-up at 170 pounds; Lashawn Harris, a junior who was third at 132; Phillip Reitz, a sophomore who was third at 285, and Zach Phillips, a sophomore who was fourth at 106.

“Most of them are fairly young guys,” said Joplin head coach David Myers. “We fixed some of the things we needed to fix. That’s one of the things we need for us to be competitive in a tournament like this.”

Owasso won the tournament with 562 points. Pryor was second, Glenpool was third, Grove was seventh and Jenks was eighth.

“Some of these are successful Oklahoma schools and bigger schools,” Myers said. “That’s what we’re trying to fill our schedule with so we can prepare for what we’re going to face at the end of the season.”

Roark, Brennan win individual titles

Will Roark of Seneca and Chase Brennan of Monett won individual titles at the Harrisonville Holiday Tournament.

Roark, 15-0, won by forfeit against Olen Brattin of Pleasant Hill for the title at 138 pounds.

Brennan, 11-0, scored an 11-1 major decision against Trevor Burkhart of Cameron at 126 pounds. Brennan defeated Burkhart 6-4 for the Class 2 state championship at 113 pounds last February.

Monett was ninth in the team standings. Seneca and Nevada tied for 13th, and Webb City was 18th.

Webb City’s Tristan Allen was 10th at 113, Austin Thomas was sixth at 126, Hunter Vanlue was third at 160, Tim Bowers was seventh at 170 and Brandon Musselman was third at 195.

Seneca’s Jesse Rhoades was fifth at 132, Ryker Skelton was fifth at 170, Dylan West was eighth at 182 and Devin Madison was eighth at 220.

Johnathon Ireland led Nevada with a seventh-place finish at 145.

Monett’s Kedrick Brink was seventh at 132, Garret Bradley was seventh at 138, Ian Meyer was fourth at 152, Wesley Abramovitz was third at 170, Jacob Negre was third at 220 and Shaun Beeson was fifth at 285.

Neosho takes 10th

Neosho finished 10th in the Kansas City Stampede at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City.

Archer (Ga.) won the tournament, followed by Stillwater (Okla.) and Tuttle (Okla.).

Kyler Rea of Neosho placed sixth at 126. Sam Williams was seventh at 160, Jacob Brock was sixth at 182, Austin Hailey was ninth at 195 and Ben Elledge was 10th at 220.


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