Class Four State Wrestling Preview and Predictions

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#3 Cayden Dotson, Blue Springs vs. HM Tyler Bierman, Holt
Cael Keck, Park Hill vs. Anthony Chrun, Ritenour
#4 Ethan Barr, Hickman vs. HM Riley Wiseman, Jackson
#1 Easton Hilton, Liberty vs. Mason Apple, Francis Howell North

Notable Potential Quarters:

#3 Cayden Dotson, Blue Springs vs. #6 Devin Haag, Seckman
#5 Peyton Moore, Nixa vs. Cael Keck, Park Hill
#2 Colton King, Desmet vs. #4 Ethan Barr, Hickman
#1 Easton Hilton, Liberty vs. Orion Bowers, Lees Summit West

Thoughts:

In Our first quarterfinal we will see #3 Dotson and #6 Haag. Contrary to the rankings Haag earned a 2-1 victory over Dotson at the Winnatonka tournament. I have Haag winning here and advancing to the semis in a tight bout. In the second quarter we have #5 Peyton Moore and Cael Keck. Moore defeated Keck in a close bout earlier this season. This is a big match for Park Hill in the team race, but I have Moore holding serve and advancing to the semis here. I see Moore advancing to the state finals with a close win over Haag.

In our third quarter we have #2 King and #4 Barr. Barr took an upset loss in the district semis and King has been very solid all season. I favor King here. In our finals quarter we have #1 Hilton and Bowers. Hilton has been extremely impressive his entire freshman campaign (3rd at Stampede, Champ at Winnatonka) and I have him winning decisively to advance to the semis. We get a classic #1 vs. #2 semifinal here. It should be a really great match, but I have Hilton winning and advancing to the finals.

In the state finals I have Hilton defeating Moore and winning his first state title. I have Keck coming back and taking third and getting huge points for Park Hill on the backside.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#1 Jeremiah Reno, Liberty vs. Carter Wilhelm, Northwest (Cedar Hill)
#6 Jesse Hahs, Desmet vs. HM Deagan Fugitt, Nixa
Alec Flerlage, CBC vs. Ryker Smith, Park Hill
#3 James Homfeld, Lindbergh vs. HM Caden Schweitzer, Lees Summit North

Notable Potential Quarters:

#1 Reno vs. #6 Hahs/ HM Fugitt
#2 Eric Lovelace, Francis Howell vs. Flerlage/ Smith

Thoughts
Jeremiah Reno is ranked #4 in the nation by Flowrestling. Reno is a two-time state champion as he claimed the 106 lb title each of the past two seasons. James Homfeld took fourth at 106 last season as a freshman. Eric Lovelace took fifth at 106 last season as a junior.

In Our first quarter we have #4 Jalin Reese of Lafayette (Wildwood) likely to emerge as the semifinalist. The second quarter features #1 Reno, #6 Hahs and HM Fugitt. Reno is on another level and I have him advancing to the semis with two falls here. In the semis I expect Reno to advance fairly handily over Reese.

In Our first quarter we will see #2 Lovelace, Flerlage and Smith. If either Flerlage or Smith go on a run it would be big for their respective teams here. I have Lovelace winning the quarter however and advancing to the semis. In our last quarter we have #3 Homfeld as well as HM Schweitzer and District champion Garrett Butell of Jeff. City. I like Homfeld to advance to the semis. Last season at state Homfeld knocked off Lovelace, Lovelace returned the favor with a 4-1 victory this season. I have Lovelace advancing to the finals in a tight bout.

In the finals I have Reno controlling Lovelace and walking away with his third state title in three seasons. I see Homfeld coming back and taking third here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#2 Kyler Brewer, Staley vs. Brandon Khoury, Timberland
#3 Kal Miller, Park Hill vs. Lucas Oxler, Fort Zumwalt West
Jacob Fryer, CBC vs. Jackson Shea, Battle

Notable Potential Quarters:

#1 Kyler Brewer, Staley vs. #2 Jayden Carson, Lafayette (Wildwood)
#3 Kal Miller, Park Hill vs. HM Brayden Bradley, Belton
#4 Josh Kyle, Francis Howell vs. HM Alec Bailey, Jackson
#5 Korbin Shepherd, Blue Springs vs. Fryer/ Shea

Thoughts:
Kyler Brewer took third at 106 as a freshman and then was a state runner-up at 113 last season. Korbin Shepherd was a state runner-up at 106 last season as a freshman. Brayden Bradley took fourth at 106 as a freshman (Class 3) and then was a state champion at 106 as a sophomore (Class 3), Bradley also qualified last season. Jayden Carson took sixth at 106 as a sophomore and then took fourth at 113 last season. Josh Kyle took fifth at 113 last season as a freshman. Alec Bailey took sixth at 106 last season as a sophomore. I would add that #6 Ayden Dolt, Liberty who I believe would have placed here will likely be out for the tournament due to an injury sustained at Districts. That is a shame, and I look forward to watching him come back strong next season.

In Our first quarter we have an epic bout between #1 Brewer and #2 Carson. Brewer has defeated Carson three times this season and I have him advancing to the state semis as well. In our second quarter we #3 Miller vs. HM Bradley. Bradley is a former state champion, but Miller is having an excellent freshman season and I believe he advances to the semis here. Miller and Brewer have not met this season. It is a huge bout in the team race for both schools who hope to be in contention Saturday night. I have Brewer winning by the thinnest of margins and advancing to the state finals.

In our third quarter we will likely see #4 Kyle and HM Bailey. Both guys were state placers a season ago and both are really tough. Kyle only has one loss on the season and I am taking him to make it to the semis here. Our last quarter will see #5 Shepherd advance to the semis. I like Shepherd to pull the slight upset over Kyle here. He has seen a tougher schedule this season.

In the state finals we will get a rematch of the class 4 district 4 semifinals in which Shepherd pinned Brewer. Brewer defeated Shepherd earlier in the season and I believe that Brewer will also take the rubbermatch here. Brewer has had an outstanding season (He won the KC Stampede) and I expect him to win here. I have Carson coming back and finishing third here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#4 Kyle Dutton, Liberty vs. Owen Smith, Lees Summit West
HM Brandon Borlinghaus, Staley vs. Elijah Maskrod, Ozark
#3 Ethen Miller, Park Hill vs. Coleton Cahill, Ray-Pec

Notable Potential Quarters:

#1 Kai Orine, Seckman vs. #4 Kyle Dutton, Liberty
#2 Carter Smith, Holt vs. HM Brandon Borlinghaus, Staley
#5 Dalen Moore, Carthage vs. #6 Ryan Lester, Eureka
#3 Ethen Miller, Park Hill vs. HM Teddy Hickey, Fort Zumwalt North

Thoughts:
Kai Orine is ranked #6 in the nation by Flowrestling. Kai Orine was third at 106 as a freshman, a state champion at 113 as a sophomore and a state champion at 120 last season. Ethen Miller took third at 120 as a freshman last season. Carter Smith took fifth at 120 last season as a sophomore. Dalen Moore took fifth at a freshman at 106 (Class 3), third at 120 as a sophomore (Class 3) and then third at 120 last season (Class 3).

In Our first quarter we have #1 Orine and #4 Dutton. Orine has been one of the best wrestlers in the state the past two seasons. He is an absolute hammer and will control Dutton here. In the second quarter we will see #2 Smith and HM Borlinghaus. Smith is having a strong season and I expect him to win here and advance to the semis to meet Orine. In the semis I have Orine beating Smith by a wide margin and advancing to the state finals.

In our third quarter we have #5 Moore and #6 Lester. Moore has three state medals at this tournament and that wealth of experience will push him into the semis here. In our final quarter we will see #3 Miller knock off Hickey and advance to the semis. I like Miller to defeat Moore and move into the finals at this weight.

In the finals I have #1 Orine and #3 Miller. Orine defeated Miller twice this season. Once by tech fall and then by a score of 6-2. I expect Miller to keep it fairly close, but Orine’s motion on his feet will be too much for him here. I like Smith to come back and take third place here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#1 Vincent Zerban, CBC vs. Jason McIntyre, Blue Springs
#2 Trey Crawford, Park Hill vs. HM Dylan Looney, Fox
#3 Austin Kolvek, Liberty vs. #6 Jack Lenox, Marquette

Notable Potential Quarters:

#2 Crawford/ HM Looney vs. #5 Sam Schultz, Chaminade
#4 Jaylen Carson, Lafayette (Wildwood) vs. HM Andrew Godier, Francis Howell Central

Thoughts:
Vincent Zerban was a state runner-up at 120 last season as a freshman.Trey Crawford took fifth at 106 as a freshman and then did not compete at state last season. Austin Kolvek tooh fifth as a sophomore at 120 and then was third at this weight last season (Both placements came competing for Park Hill). Jack Lenox took sixth at 106 as a freshman and fourth at 113 as a sophomore and qualified at 120 last season. Jaylen Carson took third at 113 as a sophomore and was fourth at 120 last season. Nathan Undertajlo, Holt took fifth at 113 two seasons ago as a freshman. Andrew Godier took sixth as a freshman at 113 and then took fourth at 126 as a sophomore. Godier also qualified last season. Dylan Looney took sixth at 126 last season.

In Our first quarter we have #1 Vincent Zerban as a huge favorite to roll into the semis. In our second quarterfinal we will see #2 Crawford, #5 Schultz and HM Looney. Crawford has wrestled well all season and I like him to advance to the semis here. This semifinal will be one of the better bouts in the tournament. Both guys are at an extremely high level. I will take Zerban by a couple points here in a huge bout in the team race.

In our third quarter we will see #4 Carson and HM Godier. Both are two time state placers. I will take Carson to hold serve and advance to the semis. In our final quarter we will see the winner of the first round bout between #3 Kolvek and #6 Lenox likely make the semis. I will take Kolvek to defeat Lenox and then I will take Carson to knock off Kolvek in the semis here.

In the state finals I have it as #1 Zerban vs. #4 Carson. Zerban is the best wrestler in this weight class and I have him winning here for CBC. I have Crawford coming back and taking third.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#1 Wyatt Henson, CBC vs. #4 DeAndre Thomas, Blue Springs
#6 Kage Lenger, Liberty vs. Alex Nicozisin, Marquette
#3 Caleb Conedera, Timberland vs. HM Jacob Waldron, Hickman
#2 Garrett Kloeppel, Parkway South vs. #5 Trey Safford, Park Hill
Cade Coons, Staley vs. Cannon Newhouse, Northwest (Cedar Hill)

Notable Potential Quarters:

#2 Kloeppel/ #5 Safford vs. #3 Conedera/ HM Waldron (What a doozy)

Thoughts:
Garrett Kloeppel was a state runner up at 126 as a sophomore, and again at 132 as a junior. Wyatt Henson took fifth in the Pennsylvania state tournament at 126 last season as a freshman. Caleb Conedera placed fourth at 132 last season. Kage Lenger took fourth at 126 last season. DeAndre Thomas took fifth at 126 last season as a freshman. Cade Coons took sixth at 120 last season.

In Our first quarter we will see #1 Henson take on #4 Thomas in the first round. I have Henson winning that bout and his quarterfinal rather easily. In our second quarter we have #6 Kage Lenger with a relatively open path. It would be huge for Liberty if Lenger can make his way into the semis and secure placement on the front side. In the potential semi I will take Henson to win. Both teams wrestle really tough schedules, but Henson has the potential to be really special. I see him In the finals.

In our third quarter we have a bloodbath. #2 Kloeppel will meet #5 Safford for the right to wrestle #3 Conedera or HM Waldron. I have Kloeppel defeating Safford who will need to come back strong for Park Hill. I have Conedera beating Waldron. Kloeppel defeated Conedera during the season and I like him to advance to the semis here. In our final quarter we have HM Morgan Potts, Lees Summit West vs. former state placer Cade Coons. I am taking Coons to pull the upset and make the semis, which is big for Staley. I like Kloeppel to hammer Coons and advance to a finals rematch with Henson.

In the state finals I have #1 Henson meeting #2 Kloeppel. Kloeppel twice a state runner-up dropped his first bout of the season in the district finals to Henson. Both kids are really tough and this should be one of the better state finals. I like Henson to hold serve and win his first state title. He is extremely tough. I have Conedera coming back and taking third here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#2 at 152 Kyle Prewitt, CBC vs. Brayden Williams, Joplin
Grayston Diblasi, Park Hill vs. Joshua Simmons, Francis Howell North
HM Logan Rathjen, Liberty vs. Michael Dennis, McCluer North
#6 David Brooks, Staley vs. John Fotouhi, Desmet
#3 Anthony Chellew, Seckman vs. #4 Will Kuster, Jeff City

Notable Potential Quarters:

#2 at 152 Kyle Prewitt, CBC vs. Grayston Diblasi, Park Hill
#2 Gaven Sax, Waynesville vs. HM Logan Rathjen, Liberty
#5 Garner Horman, Jackson vs. HM AJ Sanchez, Fort Osage
#3 Chellew/ #4 Kuster vs. #6 David Brooks, Staley

Thoughts:
Kyle Prewitt took sixth at 126 as a sophomore and then was fourth at 138 last season. Gaven Sax took fifth at 132 last season as a sophomore.

In Our first quarterfinal we will see #2 at 152 Kyle Prewitt vs. Grayston Diblasi. If Diblasi could somehow pull the upset it would be huge for Park Hill. Likewise look for Prewitt to push for bonus here. I expect Prewitt to advance to the semis here. In the second quarterfinal we will see #2 Sax and HM Rathjen. Rathjen is having a strong freshman season for Liberty, but Sax like Prewitt is a bridge too far at this juncture. I look for Sax to advance. The Prewitt vs. Sax semi is essentially the state final. Prewitt has a better resume this season and I think he wins a tight bout here over Sax.

In our third quarter we will see #5 Horman and HM Sanchez. I am taking Horman to win and advance to the semis. In our last quarter we have #3 Chellew battling #4 Kuster for a shot at #6 Brooks. Brooks has had a steep learning curve this season as a freshman and he split with Kuster this season. Call me crazy, but I like Kuster to win the first round and then for Brooks to pull the slight upset. In the semis I have Brooks continuing his hot run, and advancing to the finals. These are huge team points for Staley.

In the state finals I have Prewitt taking a controlled win over Brooks. Prewitt defeated him 16-6 fairly late in the season. Brooks has continued to improve, so it may tighten up a bit. Rest assured Brooks will be back. I have Sax battling back and taking third here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#1 at 145 Josh Saunders, CBC vs. Marquis McCaster, Rock Bridge
#5 Drake Smith, Liberty vs. HM Julian Hays, McCluer North
#4 Aidan Johnson, Staley vs. Thomas Renz, Timberland

Notable Potential Quarters:

#3 Micheal Cassidy, Waynesville vs. #5 Drake Smith, Liberty/ HM Julian Hayes, McCluer North
#1 Corey Wait, Francis Howell Central vs. HM Dawson Javier, Lindbergh
#4 Aidan Johnson, Staley vs. #6 Braden Vaugier, Jackson

Thoughts:
Josh Saunders is ranked 6th in the nation at 145 by Flowrestling. Josh Saunders was a state champion at 132 each of his first two seasons. Corey Wait took sixth at 126 as a freshman, third at 138 as a sophomore and was a state runner-up at 145 last season. Sam Rackers, Jeff City took sixth at 132 two seasons ago as a freshman. Micheal Cassidy took fourth at 145 last season as a junior. Drake Smith took third two seasons ago as a freshman at 126 (Class 2, while competing for Savannah).

In Our first quarter we have #1 at 145 Josh Saunders as a huge favorite to advance to the semis. In our second quarterfinal we have #3 Cassidy, #5 Smith and HM Hays. I like Cassidy to beat Smith and advance to the semis here. In the semis I have Saunders over Cassidy by a lopsided decision win here.

In our third quarter we have #1 Wait and HM Javier. I am taking Wait to win by decision here. IN our last quarter I have #4 Johnson knocking off #6 Vaugier. In the semis I think Wait will take a close win over Johnson and advance to the finals.

In the finals we have #1 Sanders vs. #1 Wait. It should be a great match. Wait is really long for this weight and could provide Sanders problems finishing easily. That said, Sanders is a mega talent and I am predicting him to win here. I have Johnson coming back and taking third here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#5 Will Edgar, CBC vs. Kyle Tucker, Holt
#6 Wentric Williams, Liberty vs. Roman Bushek, Lees Summit West

Notable Potential Quarters:

#5 Will Edgar, CBC VS. #6 Wentric Williams, Liberty
#1 Andrew Gamble, Belton vs. HM Andrew Javier, Lindbergh
#3 Adrian Castaneda, Lees Summit North vs. #4 Jonathan Floyd, Francis Howell Central

Thoughts:
Andrew Gamble was a state champion at 120 as a freshman (Class 3) and then again at 160 as a junior (Class 3). Cory Peterson took fourth at 152 as a freshman, was a state runner-up at 160 as a sophomore and then took fifth at this weight last season. Will Edgar took fifth at 152 last season as a junior. Jonathan Floyd took fifth at this weight as a sophomore and fourth at this weight as a junior. Gamble, Peterson and Castaneda all come in undefeated, so two men will walk away with a loss this weekend. The top three here are going to be fun to watch.

In Our first quarter we have #5 Edgar and #6 Williams. Both teams could really use this win for team race considerations. Williams is having a strong freshman season, but Edgar being a senior will be savvy enough to pull out a close win here to advance to the semis. In our second quarter we have #2 Cory Peterson. I expect Peterson to walk through his quarter and then to beat Edgar solidly to advance to the state finals on this half.

In the bottom half of the draw we have #1 Andrew Gamble and HM Javier In the third quarter. Gamble is a pinning machine and I predict a win by fall to move him into the semis here. In the last quarter of the draw we have a bout between #3 Castaneda and #4 Floyd. Castaneda stuck Floyd earlier this season, so I am taking him to advance to the semis here. This semi will be one of the best of the tournament as #1 Gamble and #3 Castaneda will meet without a loss. Gamble’s top game will be a difference here and I have him winning a close bout to advance to the finals.

In the state finals I am predicting we see #1 Gamble and #2 Peterson. Gamble is long for the weight class and is a slick technician, but I think Peterson’s power will give him trouble here. I am predicting a Peterson victory for his first state title. I have Castaneda coming back for third place here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#3 Blake Hopson, Park Hill vs. Brandon Crow, Carthage
Lucas White, CBC vs. Michael Cross, Desmet
#1 Greyden Penner, Liberty vs. Jake Callahan, Lees Summit West

Notable Potential Quarters:

#3 Blake Hopson, Park Hill vs. #5 Jermey Ashlock, Seckman
#4 Roman Tinoco, Fort Osage vs. HM Ibrahim Ameer, McCluer North
#1 Greyden Penner, Liberty vs. #6 Luke Dickhaus, Eureka

Thoughts:
Greyden Penner is ranked #10 in the nation by Flowrestling. Penner was a state champion at 145 as a freshman and was a state runner-up at 160 as a sophomore. #2 Robert Weber of Belton was a state runner-up at 138 as a freshman (Class 3), a state champion at 152 as a sophomore (Class 3) and a state champion at this weight class last season (Class 3). Weber is a Mizzou wrestling commit. Blake Hopson was fourth at 160 as a sophomore and then was a state runner up at this weight class last season. Jermey Ashlock took fourth last season at this weight.

In Our first quarter we have #3 Hopson and #5 Ashlock. I will take Hopson to win and advance to the semis here. In our second quarter we will encounter #4 Tinoco and HM Ameer. I will take Tinoco to come away with a close win here. Hopson defeated Tinoco by a technical fall at Districts, so I expect he will make his way into the state finals, which will be big for Park Hill.

In the third quarter we will have #2 Robert Weber as a huge favorite. I will take him to move into the semis. Weber will be opposed by the winner between (#1 “Grayson Penney”… Darned auto correct at the Stampede) #1 Greyden Penner and #6 Luke Dickhaus. I have Penner moving past Dickhaus with ease into the semifinals here. This will be another outstanding semifinal and one of the ones I am most excited for. It is rare to see two athletes at 170 the caliber of Penner and Weber going at it. Penner beat Weber 9-3 during the season. I think both guys will adjust and this bout will be closer, but Penner is the favorite to move into the finals.

In the state finals I expect Penner to best Hopson in a fairly lopsided manner. Weber is extremely likely to come back for third here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#6 Jack Darrah, CBC vs. Zane Ragland, Lees Summit North
#1 Rocky Elam, Staley vs. Andrew Warren, Seckman
#3 Cole Amelunke, Jackson vs. HM Cameron Gillespie, Park Hill South
#4 Jackson White, Liberty vs. HM at 170 Max Rinklin, Parkway South

Notable Potential Quarters:

#1 Rocky Elam, Staley vs. HM Jack Goin, Belton
#2 Colton Hawks, Holt vs. #3 Amelunke/ HM Gillespie
#4 Jackson White, Liberty vs. #5 Clint Herrick, Ray-Pec

Thoughts:
Rocky Elam is ranked #10 in the country by Flowrestling. Rocky Elam took third at 170 as a sophomore. Colton Hawks placed fourth at 152 as a freshman and then third at 160 as a sophomore. Jackson White took fifth at 160 as a sophomore (Class 3 for Carl Junction).

In Our first quarter we have #6 Jack Darrah with a really open path to the semis, which is huge for CBC. Darrah is having a great freshman season. In our second quarter we have #1 Elam and HM Goin. Elam will best Goin and then have a fun bout with Darrah in the semis. Elam has beaten Darrah twice this season, but both bouts were controlled decision wins. I am excited to see the two compete. Elam will win and be In the finals here.

In our third quarter we have #2 Hawks, #3 Amelunke and HM Gillespie. Hawks has been outstanding this season and I expect him to defeat Amelunke and advance to the semis here. In the bottom quarter we have #4 White and #5 Herrick. The bout is a toss-up and is a big win for Liberty. I predict that White will win and advance. In the semis I have Hawks beating White and advancing to the finals.

The state finals will be contested between #1 Elam and #2 Hawks. These two wrestled earlier this season and Elam grabbed a 4-3 win. Look for this one to be similarly close. I see Elam getting by a very game Hawks here. Both are juniors, so we could see a repeat next season. I project that Darrah will come back and take third here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

HM Hayden Gregg, Staley vs. Andrew Leitold, Waynesville
#1 Devin Winston, Park Hill vs. Devin York, Battle

Notable Potential Quarters:

#2 Chase Stegall, Northwest (Cedar Hill) vs. #3 Xavier Doolin, NKC
#5 Jake McCollum, Eureka vs. HM Hayden Gregg, Staley
#1 Devin Winston, Park Hill vs. #4 Blake Fritz, Seckman

Thoughts:
Devin Winston is the #1 ranked 182 lb wrestler in the country by Flowrestling. Devin Winston was a state champion at 170 as a sophomore and a state runner-up at 182 as a junior. Chase Stegall took third at 170 as a freshman and then took fourth at 182 last season. Xavier Doolin took sixth at 170 last season as a freshman.

In Our first quarter we have #2 Stegall and #3 Doolin. This quarter is extremely explosive. I favor Stegall slightly, but the two wrestlers have only three losses between them this season. This will be a great match. I have Stegall advancing to the semis here. In our second quarter Chase Schroeder of Truman is our favorite. I have Stegall pinning Schroeder in the semis to advance to the state finals here.

In our third quarter we have #5 McCollum vs. HM Gregg. A Gregg win is huge for Staley in the team race and I believe that Gregg will advance to the semis. Our final quarter is another great one between #1 Winston and #4 Fritz. Winston is a huge favorite, but Fritz will throw everything he has at him. I favor Winston to grab the fall and advance to the semis. I have Winston pinning Gregg in the semis here.

In the finals I have #1 Winston and #2 Stegall. These two met last season at this tournament and Winston took a 3-1 win. I see a similar bout playing out here. Winston will win narrowly and Doolin will come back for third place here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

HM Jared Neel, Staley vs. Jacob Perez, Desmet
#3 Brandon Backues, Jeff City vs. #5 Austin Wegener, Lafayette (Wildwood)
#2 Ashton Sharp, Park Hill vs. Joshua Rayford, McCluer North
#4 Marco Perla, Marquette vs. HM Jadyn Withrow, Joplin

Notable Potential Quarters:

#1 Kale Schrader, Carthage vs. HM Jared Neel, Staley
#2 Ashton Sharp, Park Hill vs. #4 Perla/ HM Withrow

Thoughts:
Ashton Sharp took third at 195 as both a freshman and sophomore. Kale Schrader was a state runner-up at 195 as a sophomore (Class 1 Seneca). Marco Perla took fourth at this weight class last season. Jadyn Withrow took fifth at this weight last season. Austin Wegener took fifth at 195 last season. Matt Gentry took sixth at 195 last season. Jared Neel took sixth at 220 as a freshman in Kansas last season.

In the first quarter we have #6 Gentry as a favorite to make the semis. In our second quarter we have #1 Schrader and HM Neel. I have Schrader winning in the quarters and defeating Gentry in the semis here.

Our first quarter features #3 Backues and #5 Wegener. I like Wegener to pull the slight upset and emerge as the semifinalist here. In our final quarter we will see #2 Sharp, #4 Perla and HM Withrow. I see Sharp coming out on top of Perla in the quarters. In the semis I like Sharp to defeat Wegener and advance to the finals here.

In the finals we will see #1 Schrader and #2 Sharp. Schrader is 50-0 on the season including an excellent win over Kade Lautt (Lautt won the Stampede this season). Sharp has a Cadet Fargo title and is a stud in his own right. This should be a great match and I think we see Schrader win kickstarting a great rivalry, as both of these wrestlers are juniors. I have Gentry battling back for third here.

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Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#3 Simon Tesfamarian, Park Hill vs. Brener Ocana, Carthage
#6 Jason Norman, Kickapoo vs. Preston Wiss, Staley

Notable Potential Quarters:

#3 Simon Tesfamarian, Park Hill vs. #4 Isiah Brisseaux, Marquette
#5 Joseph Johnson, Fox vs. HM Tim Brecht, Waynesville
#1 Ryan Skillington, Francis Howell vs. #6 Norman/ Wiss

Thoughts:

Our first quarter consists of #3 Tesfamarian and #4 Brisseaux. Park Hill needs Tesfamarian to win here and I think he does and advances to the semis. In our second quarter I forsee #2 Jacobi Jackson of Desmet advancing to the semis. It would be big if Tesfamarian could pull the slight upset here, but I think we see Jackson get the win here to advance to the finals.

In our third quarter we have #5 Johnson vs. HM Brecht. Brecht was a surprise winner of his district and I think he carries that momentum in here and advances to the semis. In our final quarter we have #1 Skillington, #6 Norman and District champion Wiss. I like Wiss to upset Norman, but think Skillington will knock him off to advance to the semifinals. Skillington will defeat Brecht and advance to the state finals.

In the finals we will have #1 Skillington and #2 Jackson. Jackson is 2-1 vs. Skillington including a win in the district finals. Two of their three bouts have gone to overtime, so drama is all but guaranteed here. I think that Jackson is a smidge better and that he will collect the win here. I like Tesfamarian to come back and take third here.

Overall: The team race between Liberty, Park Hill, CBC and Staley is going to be insane this season. Going off my count of top three projected finishers I have Liberty with three champs and a host of non top three placers. Park Hill is projected to have one champion, three runners-up and three thirds and possibly a few other placers. I have CBC with four champs, one third place finisher and other assorted placers. I have Staley with two champs, one runner-up and one third as well as a lot of other possible placers. This team race will be extremely interesting as CBC is extremely top heavy, but may not be able to get much from their supporting cast. Liberty has heavy hitters and depth, but losing Dolt hurts them a bit here. Park hill is extremely deep as well, but does not have many real championship threats outside of Winston. Staley is very deep and will place several guys here. In order right now I have it Park Hill first, then Liberty, followed by CBC and then Staley in fourth. This race will be tight and will fluctuate a lot even into Saturday night. All rankings utilized are from Missouriwrestling.com or Flowrestling. Thanks for reading!

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