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The Carthage Press
  • Wrestlers have good showing in Excelsior Springs tourney

  • Only five Carthage wrestlers didn’t place Saturday in the Excelsior Springs wrestling tournament, and out of all the Tigers that did, nobody finished lower than second place.


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  • Only five Carthage wrestlers didn’t place Saturday in the Excelsior Springs wrestling tournament, and out of all the Tigers that did, nobody finished lower than second place.
    That’s a pretty good day.
    Though team scores weren’t kept, the best wrestlers were placed in the gold pool, with the rest competing in the black pool.
    Junior Trevor Feagans kept his undefeated streak alive, winning all four matches at 132 pounds to improve to 21-0 on the season. Now ranked third in the state in Class 3, he finished first in the gold pool.
    River Maggard won the black division at 132 pounds with a perfect 5-0 record to improve to 13-4 overall. Senior Larry Swinehart finished first in the gold pool at 160 pounds with a 5-0 effort, hiking his season record to 24-2. Senior Cody Ellis, ranked sixth in the state at 220 pounds, went 4-0 and finished first in the 195-pound class of the black pool, improving to 14-7 overall. Junior Oliver Sprenkle, a junior wrestling at 285 pounds, went 4-0 and finished first in the black pool to improve to 7-3 overall.
    Freshman Dakota Jones took second at 106 pounds in the black pool with a 2-1 record. He is now 14-12 on the season. Tyler Harden, a freshman wrestling at 113 pounds, went 3-2 and finished second in the gold pool. He now stands at 19-8 overall. Junior Gage Gartner, ranked eighth in the state, went 3-1 at 120 pounds and finished second in the gold pool, moving his season record to 18-3.
    Sixth-ranked Taylor Bogle went 4-1 at 126 pounds to earn second place in the gold pool. He is now 13-2 on the season. Freshman Seth Logan was shut out in two matches at 138 pounds, dropping to 15-8 overall after injury defaulting out of the tournament. Dylan Mellies, a 145-pound junior, went 3-2 but failed to place. He improved his overall record to 11-8. Junior Logan Bryan had a tough go in five matches at 152 pounds and dropped to 13-14 on the season. Arnold Herrera, a senior, lost his 170-pound match by injury default and dropped to 14-7 on the season.
    Freshman Angus Sprenkle went 4-1 at 220 pounds and earned second in the black pool, while evening his overall record at 4-4. Blaine Perry, a sophomore wrestling at 285 pounds, was 1-4 and didn’t place. He remains above .500 for the season, with a 13-10 record.
    The Tigers will entertain Nevada at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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