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The Preview: Mizzou vs Central Michigan

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January 7, 2021

28 min read

By Sean Mael

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#24 Connor Brown (2-0) or Noah Surtin (1-1) vs. #6 Drew Hildebrandt (1-0)

Thoughts:
This is one of many highly anticipated potential bouts between what on paper are the two best teams in the Mid-American Conference this season (truthfully Missouri and CMU are the premier programs in the MAC almost every season).

These two met one time, although the match occurred in December of 2017. Brown took that bout 5-3, whilst he was still a member of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and both wrestlers were in their freshman, although Hildebrandt had already gone through a redshirt season.

In that match Brown got an early takedown and rode Hildebrandt hard. Hildebrandt got a takedown and had success riding late in the match after falling behind. Both wrestlers have changed significantly since then.

Brown is off to a solid start as he knocked off previously #24 ranked Danny Vega, SDSU by a major decision this past weekend and he looks healthy back down to weight after some injury concerns the past couple seasons.

Brown is a tremendous scrambler and is one of the funkiest and most exciting wrestlers at this weight class in the country. Hildebrant has changed a ton these last few seasons. He was always extremely lanky and an excellent rider, but he has added muscle and as a result he turns opponents at a much higher rate.

Hildebrant is also a very efficient finisher typically. One key to this match will be if Brown can create havoc off of Hildebrandt’s attempts and counter them for scores. Both guys are as noted extremely difficult to get away from, so this match will likely be decided in neutral and if either guy can get an early takedown and rideout they will be in great shape.

Brown looked outstanding last weekend, and both guys are likely to be AA’s this season in my opinion, but I have Hildebrandt winning a razor thin one point match here after staving off a late charge from Brown.

This match will be huge for both MAC and National tournament seeding potentially.

Prediction:
#6 Hildebrandt Dec. #24 Brown 6-5 (CMU 3-0)

Mizzou: NDSU, SDSU, Oregon State Wrap-up

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January 5, 2021

26 min read

By: Sean Mael

125

Results:

  • Connor Brown (2-0 in duals), Noah Surtin (1-0 in duals, 1-1 overall on the day)
  • Connor Brown defeated #24 Danny Vega, SDSU 14-5 and Brandon Kaylor, OSU 8-6
  • Noah Surtin defeated Ryan Henningson, NDSU by fall in the dual and lost 7-6 to Tanner Jordan of SDSU in extra matches wrestled apart from the duals.

Thoughts: Brown wrestled really well overall. He was poised throughout his two bouts and scrambled effectively throughout. Brown really blew open his match against Vega late by winning some scrambles and grabbing some nearfall.

Anytime you score bonus points against a tough wrestler like Vega, you have performed admirably. Brown got out to early leads in both matches and although Kaylor was able to gather four near fall and tighten up his second bout, Brown was able to grit his teeth and continue wrestling and was able to gather a solid win.

The resiliency Brown showed to go from being up relatively comfortably to Kaylor putting on the pressure a bit was really impressive. It is good to see guys handle adversity well early.

Brown collected riding time in both matches and was tremendous from the top position. He is active there and frequently looks to turn. I was impressed with Brown for his first time down at 125 in over a year and a half.

Brown will likely enter the rankings at 125 this week and he will have a chance to rise quickly, as he has a huge showdown looming Friday against Central Michigan’s #7 Drew Hildebrandt.

Surtin was impressive in the dual against North Dakota State. Henningson was a true freshman, but Surtin dominated the match and looked really good on his way to collecting the fall. Surtin’s leg attacks were crisp,he finished cleanly and quickly and he was tough on top.

Really solid performance there for Surtin. I did not get a chance to watch Surtin’s second bout, but I was surprised to see he lost 7-6. Surtin is a tough competitor and he will bounce back strong from this loss. Dual Scores after 125

  • vs. SDSU (4-0 MIZZ)
  • vs. NDSU (6-0 MIZZ)
  • vs. OSU (3-0 MIZZ)

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Results:

  • #12 Matt Schmitt (1-1 in duals)
  • Trey Crawford (0-1 in duals and 1-1 overall)
  • #12 Matt Schmitt lost to #24 Zach Price, SDSU 7-5 and defeated #11 Devan Turner, OSU 12-0
  • Trey Crawford lost to Kellyn March, NDSU 7-4 and then won 4-2 in SV1 over Trayton Anderson, SDSU in an extra bout.

Thoughts: Schmitt largely looked sharp all day. He was leading Price late in a close bout before getting caught in a cradle in a scramble and losing 7-5. Price is a good opponent and Schmitt looked tired late in that match.

It is hard to have perfect lungs for seven hard minutes with no matches under your belt, but I thought Schmitt was aggressive early, and had really nice leg attacks throughout the bout. He struggled to put a significant ride on Price throughout.

In Schmitt’s second bout he faced #11 Devan Turner who admittedly had a day to forget (He went 0-3 on the day), but any time you beat a 2x NCAA qualifier 12-0 that is an impressive result.

WOTW

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January 4, 2021

Let’s start 2021 off with bringing back Wrestler of the Week. Submit your nominations below and we’ll start voting on Wednesday, January 6th.

Class 4 Individual #1s

106: Zan Fugitt Nixa
113: Peyton Shephard Francis Howell Central
120: Cael Keck Park Hill
126: Santino Robinson CBC
132: Korbin Shepherd Blue Springs
138: Ethen Miller Park Hill
145: Kal Miller Park Hill
152: Aiden Hernandez Francis Howell Central
160: Garner Horman Jackson
170: Lucas White CBC
182: Wentric Williams III Liberty
195: Jack Darrah CBC
220: Xavier Doolin North Kansas City
285: Jeremiah Cabuyaban Liberty

Class 3 Individual #1s

106: Porter Matecki FR Whitfield
113: Gavin Alexander SO. Hillsboro
120: Canon Roark FR Lebanon
126: Evan Binder JR Whitfield
132: Eli Ashcroft JR Kearney
138: Jake Mann SR Ladue
145: Callum Sitek SR Pacific
152: Nate Pulliam SR Rolla
160: Cayden Auch SR Neosho
170: Trevor Wilson JR Hannibal
182: Jesse Cassatt SR Carl Junction
195: Jeremiah Larson SR Neosho
220: Keith Miley JR Whitfield
285: Dakota Davis JR Camdenton

Class 2 Individual #1s

106: Brady Roark Seneca
113: Sam Ewing Pleasant Hill
120: Jake Lage Helias
126: Landen Davis Excelsior Springs
132: Shon Badder Odessa
138: Owen Uhls Fulton
145: Zach Lewis Moberly
152: Elias Barrientos Monett
160: Damon Ashworth Excelsior Springs
170: Bryce Palmer Odessa
182: Chase Cordia Osage
195: Trevor Campbell Harrisonville
220: Peyton Hahn Boonville
285: Harrison Merriman Monett

Class 1 Individual #1s

106: Kaden Crane Palmyra
113: Brayden Dubes Centralia
120: Jason Strope Fatima
126: Lucas Laux Fatima
132: Collin Arch Palmyra
138: Brendin Patrick Butler
145: Brayden Shelton Centralia
152: Tyler Leonard Lawson
160: Chase Davidson Mid-Buchanan
170: Brant Whitaker Father Tolton Regional Catholic
182: Wade Stanton Mid-Buchanan
195: Creed Webster Mid-Buchanan
220: Dorian Walters Lathrop
285: Cole Gripka Maysville

Girls Individual #1s

102 Ashlyn Eli Nixa
107 Alyssa King St. Charles
112 Faith Cole Lafayette (Wildwood)
117 Chloe Herrick Harrisonville
122 Lexi Hatfield Staley
127 Nonnie Justice Harrisonville
132 Sabrina King St. Charles
137 Esther Han Holt
143 Maddie Kubicki Park Hill South
151 Hannah Jansen Webster Groves
159 Ali Haiser Lebanon
174 Emma Schreiber Kirkwood
195 Jaycee Foeller DeSoto
235 Lexie Cole Kearney

112 names to know going into 2021

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January 4, 2021

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021.

Let’s just dive right into it and go over the 112 names you need to know going into the 2021 Missouri boys high school wrestling scene.

  1. Aidan Hernandez, Francis Howell Central. 5th last year as a freshman and currently 17-1 at 152 this season with his lone loss coming from Kal Miller of Park Hill at the Lee’s Summit Holiday Invitational. Hernandez has 10 pins at this point in the season.
    Hernandez carries a 4.22 GPA at Francis Howell Central. As a Freshman last year (2019-2020), Aidan was awarded the Ultimate Spartan Award for having the highest GPA  on the Varsity Football Team, Varsity Wrestling Team, and the Varsity Baseball Team each.  He is a 2x All-Conference/All-Academic Team for Football as well.
  2. AJ Rallo,Whitfield. State champ as a freshman with many wins over high-end opponents include Oklahoma University commit, Christian Forbes from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Predictions: Mizzou vs Oregon State Preview

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January 3, 2021

By Sean Mael

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#13 Jarrett Jacques or Keegan O’Toole vs. #22 Hunter Willits Thoughts: Depending on whoever looks better in their first match against ranked opposition could dictate who starts in this bout.

This should be a really competitive match, as Willits is a past 2x NCAA qualifier who went 17-4 whilst redshirting last season. He is a capable scrambler and will be highly motivated to start his senior campaign off right with a big win over either Tiger grappler.

I am going to guess O’Toole gets the nod here and we could be in for a really high scoring match. O’Toole does so many things well offensively and Willits is tough in every position. I see this one developing into a bit of a shootout.

Whoever has the better tank or mat savvy will likely win. I am going to go with O’Toole to win a tight one here. I would not be stunned to see Willits defeat either Tiger grappler. 157 at this quad is insanely tough. There will be no matches off for any of these competitors. Prediction: O’Toole Dec. #22 Willits 8-7 (MIZZ 15-0)

Mizzou vs NDSU Preview & Predictions

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January 3, 2021

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#8 Zach Elam vs. #15 Brandon Metz

Thoughts: This is the best match in the dual meet and it is a shame that the dual will likely be decided heading into this bout. This is a big match for Elam for end of the season tournament seeding.

Metz is a tremendous pinner from top or neutral and he pins a lot of overmatched heavyweights. Metz is solid on his feet, but Elam will have an agility edge here.

Metz is not very good historically on bottom against ranked competition and I think Elam’s length and leverage from top will give Metz fits. I look for Elam to wrestle a tactical match here and score early and ride tough on his way to a 4-0 type of score.

I just think Elam’s mat savvy will allow him to either avoid going under Metz or to escape quickly as he rolls to a huge win in a season which offers limited opportunities.

Prediction: #8 Elam Dec. #15 Metz 4-0 (MIZZ 26-6)

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Mizzou vs SDSU Preview & Predictions

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January 3, 2021

By Sean Mael

125

Noah Surtin or Connor Brown vs. #24 Daniel Vega

Thoughts: Missouri has at two wrestlers listed at nine of the ten weight classes and most guys will see at least one dual worth of action throughout the day.

Whoever ends up going for the Tigers at the lightest weight class, we should be in for a tremendous bout. Noah Surtin wrestles with tremendous pace and is really solid in utilizing underhooks and overhooks to pull into sweep singles and low doubles. Surtin is solid on the mat as well, Surtin is listed first in the game notes listed by Missouri, but I fully expect Brown to start in this dual for a couple of reasons.

The first reason I expect to see Brown in this dual is that he committed out of high school to wrestle at South Dakota State and was an NCAA qualifier for the Jackrabbits as a true freshman. Brown would ultimately follow Coach Chris Bono to Wisconsin, before coming back home to Missouri last season.

The next reason I think we see Brown here is that he took a 3-2 win over Surtin in a really competitive bout at Black and Gold. Brown is funky and is an excellent scrambler and pinner. He is tremendously tough on top and has a wide variety of turns including cradles, assassins and claw tilts out of a crab ride. Daniel Vega enters the season ranked for the Jackrabbits, coming off of a 24-10 season last year, in which he really emerged as a solid starter. In the past Vega was really small for the weight class, but he has had a lot of time to grow into a full sized 125 and horsepower is likely no longer an issue. Vega suffered an 8-6 defeat to Missouri reserve Cevion Severado last season at the South Beach Duals individual competition. ‘Vega rarely gets beaten badly and I expect this to be a close one.

Ultimately, I have Brown getting his season started right with a ranked win, that should help him push into the rankings sooner rather than later.

Prediction: Brown Dec. #24 Vega 6-4 (MIZZ 3-0)

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#12 Matt Schmitt or Trey Crawford vs. #24 Zach Price

Mexico Lady Bulldogs Inaugural Season-Part 2

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January 2, 2021

5 min read

By: Jonathan Bowen

After getting their first taste of competition, the Mexico Lady Bulldogs and their Coach, Tony Senor, were eager to get back on the mat. The Lady Bulldogs next scheduled stop in their first season was the Eldon Mustang Invitational that took place on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

Christmas Break tournaments are a good measuring stick to see where a wrestler is and what they can work on for the second half of the season. If a wrestler has made it this far into the season, especially those who are new to the sport like most of the roster for Mexico is, then they’ll be able to finish the season.

Christmas Break is also the time of the season where coaches and wrestlers evaluate which weight class is reachable and best fit going into the post-season which is just five weeks away. Coach Senor and his team are no different.

After having multiple conversations and seeing the hydration test results, some of the girls decided to forego the tempting Christmas treats that everyone loves (cookies, grandma’s homemade pies, homemade fudge, etc.) and made game plans to make their desired weight class. Unfortunately for one wrestler, she was not able to compete at this tournament due to injury.

However, her coach is hopeful that she will be able to return to the mat soon.

Class Rankings Updated

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January 11, 2021

Class 4 Individual #1s

106: Zan Fugitt Nixa
113: Peyton Shephard Francis Howell Central
120: Cael Keck Park Hill
126: Santino Robinson CBC
132: Korbin Shepherd Blue Springs
138: Ethen Miller Park Hill
145: Kal Miller Park Hill
152: Aiden Hernandez Francis Howell Central
160: Garner Horman Jackson
170: Lucas White CBC
182: Wentric Williams III Liberty
195: Jack Darrah CBC
220: Xavier Doolin North Kansas City
285: Jeremiah Cabuyaban Liberty

Class 3 Individual #1s

106: Porter Matecki FR Whitfield
113: Gavin Alexander SO. Hillsboro
120: Canon Roark FR Lebanon
126: Evan Binder JR Whitfield
132: Eli Ashcroft JR Kearney
138: Jake Mann SR Ladue
145: Callum Sitek SR Pacific
152: Nate Pulliam SR Rolla
160: Cayden Auch SR Neosho
170: Trevor Wilson JR Hannibal
182: Jesse Cassatt SR Carl Junction
195: Jeremiah Larson SR Neosho
220: Keith Miley JR Whitfield
285: Dakota Davis JR Camdenton

Class 2 Individual #1s

106: Brady Roark Seneca
113: Sam Ewing Pleasant Hill
120: Jake Lage Helias
126: Landen Davis Excelsior Springs
132: Shon Badder Odessa
138: Owen Uhls Fulton
145: Zach Lewis Moberly
152: Elias Barrientos Monett
160: Damon Ashworth Excelsior Springs
170: Bryce Palmer Odessa
182: Chase Cordia Osage
195: Trevor Campbell Harrisonville
220: Peyton Hahn Boonville
285: Harrison Merriman Monett

Class 1 Individual #1s

106 Lucas Barry St. Michael the Archangel Fr
113 Brayden Dubes Centralia So
120 Jason Strope Fatima Sr
126 Lucas Laux Fatima Sr
132 Collin Arch Palmyra So
138 Brendin Patrick Butler So
145 Tyler Leonard Lawson Sr
152 Rodell Sperry Gallatin Jr
160 Cole Ritter Adrian Sr
170 Brant Whitaker Father Tolton Regional Catholic Sr
182 Wade Stanton Mid-Buchanan So
195 Creed Webster Mid-Buchanan Sr
220 Dorian Walters Lathrop Sr
285 Cole Gripka Maysville Sr

Girls Individual #1s

102 Ashlyn Eli Nixa
107 Alyssa King St. Charles
112 Faith Cole Lafayette (Wildwood)
117 Chloe Herrick Harrisonville
122 Lexi Hatfield Staley
127 Nonnie Justice Harrisonville
132 Sabrina King St. Charles
137 Esther Han Holt
143 Maddie Kubicki Park Hill South
151 Hannah Jansen Webster Groves
159 Ali Haiser Lebanon
174 Emma Schreiber Kirkwood
195 Jaycee Foeller DeSoto
235 Lexie Cole Kearney

New Year’s Eve Duals Viewer’s Guide

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December 31, 2020

With the year coming to a close, there’s one big tournament going on during New Years Eve. The event is allowing 4 fans per wrestler, so to have fans in the stands in this one is a plus. The duals will be held at Fort Zumwalt North and Fort Zumwalt South Highschool. If wrestling in general wasn’t enough, there is a lot of talent in the field in this one and we’re here to break it down. The teams participating are Desmet, Fort Zumwalt North, Fort Zumwalt South, Lafayette (Wildwood), Lindbergh, St. Charles, Troy Buchanan, and Whitfield. 

Some Guys to watch from each team: 

Desmet: 

120: Colton King – Returning state champ and state 3rd medalist in 2019 126: Jesse Hahs – State medalist in 2019, sat out in 2020 due to injury. HWT: Jacobi Jackson – 2x state finalist and returning state champ, ranked top 20 in the country.