The Excelsior Springs Boys Wrestling Team placed second in the Missouri State High School Activities Association District 4 Tournament held Saturday at the Excelsior Springs High School.
Head Coach Rich Schwab said although the team fell short of their overall goal of winning Districts, second place pleased them.
“The boys had a great tournament and worked hard to set themselves up for success at the state tournament,” he said.
Senior Dane Millsap, junior Ethan Day, sophomore Damon Ashworth and freshman Braxton Rickart placed first in their weight classes. Senior Hunter Williams and freshman Landen Davis placed second with senior Slade Covey placing third in their weight classes. All seven will compete in the state championships to be held this weekend.
Day placed first in the 113-weight class. In the first place match, Day won by tech fall over Coleman Oxford of Cameron.
He received a bye in the championship round one and in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Day won by a 0:57 fall over Aidan Zimmerman of Chillicothe.
Rickart placed first in the 120-weight class after winning the first place match over Conner Keithley of Chillicothe with a 10-4 decision.
After receiving a bye in the championship round one, Rickart won the quarterfinals with a 2:40 fall over Blake Gilbert of Benton. Rickart won the semifinals with a tech fall over Joshua Sneed of Center.
In the 132-weight class, Ashworth placed first. He took the first place match with an 8-4 decision over Colten Sewell of Chillicothe.
After receiving a by the championship round one, Ashworth took the quarterfinals with a 1:03 fall over LaDarruis Christian of Central Academy Of Excellence. He also took the semifinals with a 1:52 fall over Marshall Kennedy of Cameron.
Millsap took the 152-weight class after winning the first place match with a 4-0 decision over Kaden Ehfhardt of Savannah.
Millsap received a bye in the championship round one and then went on to take the quarterfinals with a 0:49 fall over Onyedikachi Okoro of Center. He won the semifinals with a 1:48 fall over Dawson Wheeler of Chillicothe.
Davis won second place in the 106-weight class after Tyler Murphy of Benton took the first place match with a 5-4 decision.
Davis received a bye in the championship round one and won the quarterfinals with a 0:24 fall over Micheal Helmich of Savannah. Davis also won the semifinals with a 3:45 fall over Sheldon Rader of Chillicothe.
Williams placed second in the 138-weight class. Cristian Dixon of Benton won the first place match with a 2:00 fall over Williams.
After receiving a bye in the championship round one, Williams won the quarterfinals with a 0:26 fall over Nic Garner of Maryville. He also won the semifinals with a 4-2 decision over Lavery Jones of Chillicothe.
In the 160-weight class, Covey won third. He took the third-place match with a 0:55 fall over Aiden Gromowski of Benton.
In the championship round one, Covey received a bye and then went on to take the quarterfinals with a 1:24 fall over Gromowski. After falling in the semifinals to Gaven Gray-Walker of Maryville, Covey came back to take the consolation semifinals with a 4:26 fall over Zack Zinkand of Cameron.
Junior Jackson Love received a bye in the 145-weight class championship round one. He went on to win the quarter-finals with a 3:29 fall over Blayde Briner of Savannah. He fell to Hunter Armstrong of Benton with a 0:38 fall in the semifinals and to Nick Voss of St. Pius X with a 4-3 decision in the consolation semifinals.
In the 182-weight class championship round one, junior Jett Rivera won over Ruben Montes of Savannah with a 2:18 fall. Camren Hedgpeth of Cameron won the quarterfinals with a 0:16 fall. Rivera came back in the consultation round two, winning with a 12-7 decision over Nosa Ohanmu of Center. He also took the consolation round three in the 9-9 ultimate tie breaker over Remington Boldridge of Benton. He fell to Donald McCracken of Chillicothe in the consolation semifinals with a 2:10 fall.
Junior Ryan Nedblake received a bye in the championship round one in the 220-weight class and took the quarterfinals with 5:50 fall over Ian Wilson of Lafayette. He fell to Matthew Callen of Chillicothe in the semifinals with an 8-2 decision. He also fell to Ben Walker of Savannah with a 1:34 fall in the consolation finals.
In the 170-weight class’ championship round one, junior Dalton Goodwine received a buy. After falling to Alex Barker of Benton with an 11-2 major decision in the quarterfinals, he received a bye in the consolation round two. In the consolation round three, Goodwine won with a 4:48 fall over Nickolas Heldenbrand of Chillicothe. In the consolation semifinals, he fell to Trevor Rey of Center with a 1:45 fall.
Senior Rion Gallagher received a buy in the 195-weight class championship round one. He fell to Wyatt Burnett of Cameron in the quarterfinals with a 5:23 fall/ After receiving a buy in the consolation round two, Gallagher won by 1:38 fall over Jude Barbosa of Lafayette in the consolation round two. He fell to Isaih Kille of Chillicothe with a 9-6 decision in the consolation semifinals.
In the 126-weight class’ championship round one, junior Paxton Mullikan received a bye. He fell to Connor Timmons of Benton with a 0:42 fall in the quarterfinals. After receiving byes in consolation rounds two and three, he fell to Trevor Johnson of Lafayette in the consolation semifinals.
Junior Braden Teale fell to Jeff Stooksbury of Maryville with a 3:06 fall in the championship round of the 285-weight class. After receiving a bye in the consolation round one, he fell to Brayden Addington of Lafayette in the consolation round two with a 1-0 decision.
The state championships began Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. They will continue today and tomorrow. Saturday’s matches begin at 8:30 a.m.