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December 17, 2013

Reitz shines for Joplin with heavyweight win

Carthage won eight matches by pin and defeated Joplin 56-21 in a nonconference wrestling dual Tuesday night at the Joplin High School 9th and 10th Grade Campus.

Joplin’s highlights included heavyweight Phillip Reitz’s 5-2 decision against senior Blaine Perry. Reitz, a sophomore, scored two takedowns, including one just 15 seconds into the match.

“I just went out aggressively, tried not to stay under him and get angles,” Reitz said.

Carthage head coach Kenny Brown said he had hoped for a better result. “He (Reitz) beat us 10-3 last year, so we’re closing the gap,” he said. “He (Perry) was a state qualifier last year and that’s where he belongs this year.”

Joplin picked up another victory at 160 pounds when Noah Hembree, a senior, pinned freshman Kale Vogt in the second round. Hembree credited a larger Eagles squad this season for a better practice environment.

“We have a lot more wrestlers,” he said. “That helps a lot. We’re still a young team, but we’re getting better.”

The Eagles picked up another pin at 195 when Omar May, a sophomore, stopped Carthage’s Darrell Dardenne in 25 seconds.

Joplin’s Zach Phillips, a sophomore, came back from a 6-2 deficit in the second period and scored a takedown with three seconds remaining in an 8-7 loss to Ervin Cosagua at 106 pounds.

“This is just his second year of wrestling,” said Joplin head coach David Myers. “He isn’t afraid of anything. He doesn’t think, he does. That’s what I need the rest of the guys to do.”

Joplin was open in two weight classes, including at 138 pounds, where Carthage junior Seth Logan remained unbeaten. In addition to the pins, Carthage’s Gage Bloomer at 170 pounds won by technical fall 16-1.

Carthage wrestled five duals on Dec. 9 at the Helias Kickoff Classic in Jefferson City before cold weather and snow-covered roads forced the cancellation of most area wrestling events last week.

“You can tell some of these guys haven’t wrestled as many matches as we have,” Brown said. “We saw good competition up there. Mat time early in the season is invaluable.”

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