Over the last few years, this tournament has had many names at varying locations. One thing that hasn’t changed is the level of competition. Year after year, this is one of the premier tournaments in the state and is by far the most comprehensive class 1 tournament. This year, a total of 43 class 1 teams made their way to Sedalia, MO in search of some hardware at this prestigious event. Making their journey along with these teams were a total of 80 ranked wrestlers. That is by far the biggest number of ranked wrestlers at a tournament to this point in the season. With that many great wrestlers it was sure to be a heavily contested tournament and the results did not disappoint.
Highlighting the tournament were several #1 ranked wrestlers with some stout competition against which to test themselves. In the team aspect, eight of the top ten teams in the state were present to show everyone what they were made of.
When the dust settled at the end of a very long two days of wrestling, Lathrop let everyone know they should now be near the top of those class 1 rankings. Coming into the weekend, Lathrop was not ranked in the top ten. Their nearest competitor was number seven ranked Gallatin who finished a whopping 70 pts behind. Rounding out the top 5 were Lawson, Marceline, and Mid-Buchanan.
The matchups in the finals were incredible and it should go without noting that several of them are likely to be state finals previews.
*rankings follow names when applicable
106: Sam Wilhelm #2 , Knob Noster (13-0) vs. Ethan Wood #3, Rock Port (16-2)
Looking to keep his unbeaten streak alive, Wilhelm entered the finals match by pinning his way through the bracket. His competitor, Wood, had a tough semifinal match against Allen #5 from Gallatin before making it to the finals. During the finals matchup, Wilhelm was able to assert his dominance over the wrestler ranked directly below him with a 6-3 decision victory.
113: Kaden Anderson NR, Mid-Buchanan (5-0) vs. Jaden Abongo #3, Brookfield (13-0)
Entering the tournament, Kaden Anderson was off the radar of all but the most educated wrestling fans. He entered the day unranked and hoped to prove why he belonged in the same discussion of wrestlers like his opponent Abongo. Both wrestlers were undefeated coming into the matchup, while Abongo had a fair number more matches to this point in the season. In the end, Anderson made a huge statement to the class 1 fans, and rankers, that he should be in the discussion by pinning the #3 ranked wrestler in the state and shocking many of the fans in the arena.