The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 23, 2014

Neosho captures another state wrestling title

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Neosho won the Class 3 state championship and 12 individual medals Saturday in the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena.

Johnathan Williams of Neosho took first place at 113 pounds with a 7-6 decision against Wolfgang Clapper of Grain Valley as the first of four Wildcats in the championship finals.

Neosho’s Aaron Clardy at 285 ended the night with a victory in a tiebreaker against Bailey Sutko of Staley. Kyle Hostetter at 170 and Christopher Hailey at 195 were runners-up.

The state title is the fourth for the Wildcats in the last five years. Neosho has finished among the top four teams in Class 3 for seven straight seasons.

Neosho won with 218 points, Staley was second with 160.5 points and Kearney was third with 138 points.

The Wildcats won seven of eight matches in the consolation semifinals. Third-place medals went to Kyler Rea at 126 and Sam Williams at 160, while fourth-place medals were awarded to Dalton Kivett at 106, Gannon Millard at 120, Jason Box at 138, Jacob Brock at 182 and Ben Elledge at 220. Isaac Townsend at 132 was sixth.

The Wildcats have produced 15 state champions and 61 state medalists under Jeremy Phillips, who is in his ninth season as head coach.

Elsewhere in Class 3, Webb City’s Brandon Musselman took third place at 195 when he decisioned Eric Quador of Staley 7-3. Hunter Vanlue of Webb City at 152 defeated Bryan Baker of Winnetonka 3-0 for fifth place.

 Carthage’s Seth Logan brought home a third-place medal at 132 with a 4-2, sudden-victory decision against Jonathan Melton of Staley. River Maggard at 126 placed sixth.

Roark, Brennan repeat as champs

Seneca’s Will Roark and Chase Brennan of Monett joined the ranks of undefeated state champions with victories in the finals.

Roark (52-0), a junior, pinned Cody Niemeier of Brookfield in the second period for the Class 1, 132-pound championship, his second consecutive state title.

Roark has a career record of 161-4. He was runner-up as a freshman in 2012.

Brennan (49-0) won his third state title and became Monett’s all-time winningest wrestler with a record of 176-13. The previous school record was held by Kyle Meyer and Kellen Bounous, who in 2009 finished with career records of 173-2.

Monett’s Kedrick Brink at 126 and Shawn Beeson at 285 each won fifth-place medals.

Nevada’s Dayton Miller (40-6) was runner-up in Class 2 at 113 pounds. He was decisioned 6-0 by unbeaten Josh McClure of Fulton. Miller, a sophomore, placed fifth at 106 pounds as a freshman and has a career record of 88-12.

Blair Oaks won the state championship in Class 1, Oak Grove won the title in Class 2 and Park Hill was the winner in Class 4.

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