The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 29, 2013

Neosho grapplers win Schmidt Holiday tournament

Kyler Rea won the championship at 126 pounds and led Neosho to first place in the William “Red” Schmidt Holiday wrestling tournament Saturday at Granite City, Ill.

Rea (24-3), a sophomore, defeated Cole Wysocki of Troy (Ill.) Triad 2-0 in the finals. Sam Williams (21-3), a junior, was runner-up at 160 to unbeaten Rodney Hahn of Whitfield.

Jacob Brock (23-3), a senior, was runner-up at 182 to unbeaten Colin Carr of Washington, and Austin Hailey (20-4), a junior, was runner-up at 195.

The team championship was Neosho’s third at Granite City in the last five years. The Wildcats also took home the team trophy in 2009 and 2010.

All 14 of Neosho’s wrestlers placed in the top 11. Third-place medals went to Trey Smith, a freshman at 120; Isaac Townsend, a junior at 132, and Aaron Clardy, a senior at 285.

Jason Box at 138, Kyle Hostetter at 170 and Ben Elledge at 220 were sixth. Dalton Kivett at 106 and Chance Branstetter at 152 were ninth, John Williams at 113 was 10th and Cody Rains at 145 was 11th.


Carthage placed second overall Saturday in the Kinloch Classic at Springfield Parkview.

Central Ozark Conference rivals Willard and Nixa placed in the top three. Willard won the tournament with 478.5 points, 66.5 points ahead of Carthage. Nixa was third with 368.5 points, and Blue Springs was fourth.

Carthage’s Seth Logan (15-0), a junior, won the title at 138 pounds with a second-period pin against Josh Kinser of McDonald County.

Runners-up from Carthage were Dakota Jones (12-3), a junior, at 113; Edxel Morales (13-2), a sophomore, at 152; Skyler Bloomer (13-2), a junior, at 182, and Blaine Perry (8-7), a senior, at 285.

Carthage’s Markkel Moore at 126 and River Maggard at 132 were third. Tyler Harden was sixth at 145.

Will Roark (8-0), a 132-pound junior from Seneca, handed Kaleb Crook of Willard his first loss with a pin in 1 minute, 41 seconds. Seneca’s Jesse Rhoades (7-1), a sophomore, was runner-up at 126.

At 106 pounds, Ethan King of Diamond was third and Daniel De Santiago of McDonald County was fourth. Jimmy Boyer of McDonald County was fifth at 152.

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