The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 14, 2014

Joplin wrestlers win medals at invitational

LOUISBURG, Kan. — Joplin brought home four medals from the Louisburg (Kan.) Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday and finished seventh overall.

Phillip Reitz (14-5) won the title at 285 pounds with a 5-2 decision over Vince Spalitto of Rockhurst.

Two Eagles won their third-place matches. Dakota Mavis at 145 decisioned Brennain Parks of Rockhurst 4-0, and Noah Hembree (13-6) at 152 decisioned Chase Brumback of Raymore-Peculiar 1-0.

“It was good competition,” said Joplin head coach David Myers. “We see a lot of bigger schools, and we see Ray-Pec, which, of course, is in our district.”

Terrell Crawford of Joplin was fourth at 170 after an injury default. Myers said Crawford (13-6) sought treatment for a hand injury.

The Eagles will wrestle in a dual Thursday at Seneca, then will travel Friday to a tournament at St. Charles West.


Brandon Musselman of Webb City and Skyler Bloomer of Carthage won individual titles Saturday at Excelsior Springs. Team scores were not kept.

Musselman (18-1) at 195 won all five of his matches and pinned previously unbeaten Kegan Ray of Camdenton in 1 minute, 34 seconds.

Bloomer (16-3) won all four of his matches at 182. The only opponent he didn’t pin was Joey Sodano of Grain Valley, whom he decisioned 5-2.

Seth Logan (20-1) of Carthage was decisioned by three-time Class 3 state champion Noah Teaney of Oak Park 6-4 for the title at 132. Both wrestlers came into the match unbeaten. Blaine Perry of Carthage was runnerup at 285.

Carthage’s River Maggard at 126 was third. Dakota Jones at 113 and Markkel Moore at 126 were fourth.

Webb City’s Hunter Vanlue was runnerup at 152 and teammate Dominick Howard was third at 132.

In the Butler Invitational, Ethan King of Diamond won the title at 106 and Colton Renfro was runnerup at 182.

Webb City will wrestle Seneca in a dual at 6 p.m. today at Webb City, then will wrestle McDonald County and No. 1-ranked Neosho in a double dual at 6 p.m. Thursday at Webb City.

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