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Branson Tourney Preview

A possible state finals preview could take place at 145. It will have #1 Braxton Barnes of Neosho and Smithville’s Ryan Hampton who is ranked #2. These two are favorites to meet in the finals, however, this weight class will also have #3 Austin Coons of Bolivar and #4 Elias Barrientos of Monett.

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January 11, 2019

Branson will hold its annual tournament this weekend. It will showcase several teams ranked in the state, as well as, two of the top ranked teams from class 3 Neosho and class 2 Monett. These two teams have a difference of just 5 team points in the rankings with Monett having the slight edge. This is going to be very tough tournament that will span all four classes and two teams from Arkansas. As long as the weather holds off this will be a great spot to watch high level wrestling.

*At the time this article was written, the Branson Tournament was still scheduled to be wrestled.

At 106, there will be three wrestlers shown in the state rankings. Bolivar’s Granite Cunningham brings in the highest ranking at #3 followed by #4 Landon Kivett of Neosho. Freshman #6 Brayden Thiel of Seneca will also be in contention for the gold, as well.

The favorite at 113lbs is #1 Levi Connelly of Seneca. He will be challenged by #3 Dalton McNeal of Ste. Genevieve and HM Canyon Cunningham, a freshman from Bolivar. Connelly is a seasoned wrestler and should take the top spot.

The 120lb weight class is one of the lighter classes at the tournament this weekend. It will only one ranked wrestling in freshman #6 Kendon Pollard of Seneca. However, there is senior Zack Sokolik of Bolivar who is in the honorable mentions.

At 126, this will be the first weight class where we see major fireworks. The two top wrestlers here will be #1 Karter Brink from Monett and #1 Cayden Auch of Neosho. This could be an important match up that will influence the team race. However, #2 Oscar Ortiz of McDonald County will be looking to knock off one of the top kids in this weight class. This will be a weight class to keep an eye on.

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