Preview: Nixa returns a hungry squad after finishing tied for 3rd as a team.

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Nixa returns a very tough squad that finished tied for 3rd at state last year led by Zan Fugitt, Peyton Moore, and John Gholson.

Team Schedule
12/3- Farmington & Rogersville Dual
12/7- @Joplin & Neosho Dual
12/10 & 11- @Walsh Jesuit Ironman (Ohio)
12/11- @Carl Junction Tournament
12/17 & 18- @KC Stampede
12/29- @Carthage Holiday Tournament
1/6- @Seckman & CBC Dual
1/8- @Lafayette-Wildwood Tournament
1/12- @Waynesville Dual
1/18- Ozark Dual
1/21 & 22- @Winnetonka Tournament
1/26- Lebanon Dual
1/29- @COC Tournament
2/1- Kickapoo & Republic Dual
Roster/Projected lineup
LIGHT WEIGHTS:
Junior, Zan Fugitt: 10th State Champion, 9th State Runner-Up, Super 32 Placer, FARGO All-American, UWW All-American, currently out of the national rankings, COC Champ

Senior, Peyton Moore: 11th 3rd Place, 10th 6th Place, 9th State Runner-Up. Freestyle State Champion, COC Champ

Sophomore, Aidan Ward: 9th grade year wrestled some varsity matches going 9-3, was stuck behind 3 of the best guys in the state: Zan, Peyton, Deagan. Was a quality youth wrestler earning state medals.

Junior, Nate Brower: Spot wrestled some varsity last year, was a quality youth wrestler.

Senior, Dylan Webster: Dylan has been a spot varsity wrestler in the past going 3-1 in varsity matches last year.

MIDDLE WEIGHTS:

We have a decent amount of guys that will all be battling for the middle weights this year:

Senior, Cole Crahan: Cole has been a 3 year starter and has COC championship to his name.

Senior, Alex Bewley: Alex starting wrestling varsity last year and we are hoping he is able to build onto his experience.

Senior, Porter Osborne: Looking for Porter to step into a varsity role, Porter came through last year with some really big key wins in duals.

Senior, Connor Swensen: Connor has been in and out of our varsity line-up for 3 years and expected to solidify a spot this year.

Junior, Jason Curry: Curry has been in the JV line up in the past but expected to break into the varsity line up this year.

UPPER WEIGHTS:
Senior, John Gholson: 11th: 3rd Place, 10th State Qualifier, COC Champion, John is coming off a dominant year last with only 1 Missouri loss.

Senior, Michael Turner: 11th State Qualifier, Michael has been a 3 year starter and coming off a breakout season last year.

Junior, Charles Speake: Charles stepped into the heavyweight weight class after a season ending injury to Garrett Davidson. Charles had a great season coming up just short of qualifying for state. Charles recently went to the Fall Brawl in KC which is a regionally tough pre-season tournament where he took 2nd place.

Junior, Avry Rutherford: Avry has big intentions on making the state tournament this year. Avry had a big season last year and make big strides from his sophomore year.

Sophomore, Brennan Carey: Brennan has moved over from Carl Junction where he had a great season last year for the Bulldogs going 29-13 in varsity matches. This Summer Brennan was a Greco-Roman State Champion, Freestyle Runner-Up, as well as Freestyle and Greco Southern Plains Champion.

Junior, Garrett Davidson: Garrett was having a great season last year when it came to an abrupt end due to a broken leg. Garrett is highly motivated to get back to where he left off.
Some accomplishments of your team and wrestlers
The team finished Tied for 3rd place in Class 4.
Individual accolades were listed above.
Who’s on the coaching staff?
Head Coach: Dustin Martin
Assistant Coach: Josh Downing
Assistant Coach: Ben Melton
Assistant Coach: Miles Robinson
Assistant Coach: Eric Luebbe
Assistant Coach: Jim Robinson
Assistant Coach: Jerry Inman
Assistant Coach: Kevin Carey
Assistant Coach: Sarah Graham

What do you think?

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