The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 3, 2014

Joplin wrestlers coping with injuries

It’s not that Joplin wrestling head coach David Myers is looking past the Ozark Conference tournament Saturday, it’s just that he’s also looking ahead to the district tournament in two weeks.

The Eagles are trying to recover from some nagging injuries and likely won’t be at full strength for their dual at home Thursday against Monett or for the conference tournament.

“We just have a lot of guys on the injured-reserve list,” Myers said.

The Eagles placed ninth out of 11 teams last weekend in the Lydia’s Lights/Blue Springs South Wrestling Tournament. Conference rival Waynesville won the tournament with 452 points. Platte County was second and Lee’s Summit was third.

The Eagles will see Waynesville again in the conference tournament and in the district tournament, both at Waynesville.

“Phillips Reitz, we might sit him until districts,” Myers said of his heavyweight. “Skye Paulk, we might have him for conference.”

At the Blue Springs South tournament, Zach Phillips (24-19), a sophomore at 106, took fifth place when he pinned Thomas Morrow of Park Hill South in the second period.

Noah Hembree (24-12), a senior at 152, placed fifth with a medical forfeit over Park Brennain of Rockhurst, and Lashawn Harris (25-15), a junior, was fourth at 132.

Placing sixth were Christian Plassman (14-14), a sophomore at 182, and Jake Cook (7-8), a junior at 220.

Monett is led by two-time state champion Chase Brennan, a senior who is ranked No. 1 in Class 2 at 120 pounds.

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