The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 12, 2009

Seneca dominates lower weights

Indians win five individual titles, capture Carl Junction Tournament

By Richard Polen

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Seneca dominated the lower weight classes Saturday and easily won the Carl Junction Wrestling Tournament.

The Indians won five of the first six championship matches and finished with 267.5 team points. Pittsburg was second with 205 and Carthage edged Carl Junction 139-136.5 for third place.

Seneca’s champions were Blake Byrne at 103 pounds, Tate Smith at 112, Timothy Harner at 119, Colby Skaggs at 130, Chance Eads at 135 and Dalton Cummings at 171.

“We’re getting a little more consistant throughout the season,” Seneca head coach Jeff Sill said. “There were some good matches.

“We had four guys out taking the ACT test. It was a good opportunity for the younger guys and it was good to see them have an opportunity to shine.”

Joining the varsity for the tournament were Seneca’s Logan Grady, who captured third place at 103, and Jalen Skaggs, who won by pin to take third place at 135.

Seneca had a close call at 130 when junior Colbey Skaggs, defending state champion at 125, took a 5-3 decision over Webb City senior Patrick Grigsby, a state qualifier last season.

“He went up a weight class for a little more competition,” Sill said. “He’s shaking some rust off and is looking better.”

Most of Pittsburg’s scoring came in the heavier weight classes. Daniel Blair at 152 and Beau Bennett at 285, who pinned Webb City’s Taven Meister, won championships, while runners-up for the Purple Dragons were Aaron Seybold at 119, Brent Koehn at 140, Austin Winner at 189 and Broc Bennett at 215.

Carthage passed Carl Junction for third place when Erick Vargas took third at 285 by pinning Seneca’s Steve Adams. Seth Beckner of Carthage was runner-up at 135.

Carl Junction took first place at 140 when senior Dalton England, who placed third in the state tournament last spring, scored at the buzzer for a 4-2 decision over Koehn.

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