Lathrop earned the second Class 1 Missouri State Wrestling Championships trophy in program history without winning District 4. The Mules will look to equal or better last year’s fourth-place finish without surprising anyone.
In the Class 1 District 4 tournament over the weekend, Lathrop put seven in the finals to top a group of four dominant teams in the field. The Mules put up 212 points and qualified nine total for state.
Mid-Buchanan led all teams with 10 state qualifiers — a program record — and finished second with 177 points, three in front of district champion Lawson. While the Dragons have five fourth-place finishers going to Columbia this week, they have reason to believe in a shot to compete for the second team trophy in program history and first since finishing fourth in 2012.
Lawson (174) and Gallatin (159) both also had nine state qualifiers, while Hamilton was a distant fifth.
Lathrop, which finished second in District 4 last year, had five returning state medalists leading the way, but only senior Justin Wright (40-2) finished as an individual champion. He pinned Maysville junior Trent Strong in the first period of the 182-pound final.
Overall, Lathrop had a tournament-best seven in the finals, and freshman Drystan Dotson (120) and sophomore Dorian Walters (170) were the Mules’ other two individual champions. Dotson won by injury default over Gallatin junior Ross Critten, while Walters — a returning state qualifier — improved to 45-1 with a 3-1 decision over Gallatin junior Drayton Harris, a two-time state medalist.
Lathrop also had freshman Jaiden DeFries (third, 106) and junior Thomas Macomber (third, 220) win their final match.