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PREP WRESTLING: Neosho, Carl Junction claim tournament championships; Joplin’s VanGilders claim titles at Bentonville West

SoMo Sports staff reports



Neosho claimed the championship at the Missouri Duals tournament on Saturday in Jefferson City. 

In the championship match, Neosho defeated Hillsboro 47-27.

Hillsboro won by forfeit at 106 pounds. 

Neosho’s Fisher Butler won by fall at 113 and Wyatt Black earned a major decision, 12-0, at 120.

Hillsboro’s Jackson Tucker earned a 9-2 win over Johnny Chrisco at 126 and Blake Jackson won by fall over Neosho’s Jack Lankford at 132. 

Neosho’s Hayden Crane earned a win by fall at 138, but Hillsboro recorded pins at both 145 and 152.

Neosho’s Trent Neece earned a 7-5 decision at 160, while teammate Eli Zar recorded a major decision, 12-2, at 170. 

Neosho’s Collyn Kivett won by forfeit at 182 and DeLeon Ulysses pinned Wyatt Yaeger at 195. 

At 220, Neosho’s Eric Renner won by forfeit. Neosho’s Nico Olivares won by fall at 285. 

Neosho also earned wins over Eureka (73-0), Lee’s Summit (42-27), Waynesville (75-0), Grain Valley (40-38), Blue Springs (61-15) and Jefferson City (42-34). 



The host Carl Junction Bulldogs won the CJ Classic duals tournament on Saturday.

The Bulldogs went 5-0 on the day. In the tourney’s championship match, Carl Junction defeated Seneca 47-24.

At 106 pounds, Carl Junction’s Carter Fogelson defeated Seneca’s Caden Thompson 8-2. CJ’s Lukas Walker (113) and Sam Melton (120) both won by fall before Max Matthews earned a major decision, 11-1, over Elyas Potts at 126.

Seneca’s Brady Roark (132), Brayden Thiel (138) and Andrew Manley (145) all won by fall.

Carl Junction’s Dexter Merrell (152) and Tony Stewart (160) recorded pins for the Bulldogs.

Seneca won by forfeit at 182.

Carl Junction’s Chance Benford earned a 14-8 decision over Dane Napier at 195, Cayden Bollinger earned a 9-0 decision over Seneca’s Nash Crain at 220 and CJ’s Kameron Bennett earned a 4-1 decision over Jacob Gravner in the heavyweight bout.

Ahead of the championship dual, Carl Junction earned wins over Bolivar (37-36), Monett (75-0), Nixa (42-32) and McDonald County (48-36). 

Seneca earned wins over Webb City (50-25), McDonald County (42-33), Frontenac (48-31) and Nixa (44-30). 


In the third-place match, Nixa defeated McDonald County 52-26. Bolivar beat Webb City 65-6 for fifth and Frontenac defeated Monett 54-18 for seventh. 

Webb City earned wins over Frontenac (36-24) and Monett (45-18). 

McDonald County defeated Webb City 48-34. Earning wins by fall for the Mustangs were Blaine Ortiz (132), Levi Smith (152) and Juan Morales (182). Recording wins by fall for the Cardinals were Colt Taylor (126), Dominic Boles (145), Ashton Chambers (160) and Aidan Rose (170). Webb City’s Liam Taylor earned a major decision at 195. 



The Joplin Eagles finished third in the team standings at the Bentonville West Tournament on Saturday. 

Heritage was first with 194.5 points, while Bentonville took second with 186 and Joplin was third with 113.5. There were 14 teams in attendance.

The Eagles had two individual champions.

Drew VanGilder was the champion at 170 pounds. In the bracket’s title bout, VanGilder earned an 11-6 decision over Bentonville’s Kenneth Lewis.

Draven VanGilder won the 195-pound bracket. In the bracket’s title match, VanGilder earned a 12-8 decision over Bentonville’s Andrew Williamson.

Brayden Thomas was the runner-up at 182. Rogers’ Brian Flores won the title bout over Thomas by forfeit.

Freddy Cerrato-Martinez won the third-place match at 126 pounds. He beat Heritage’s Cash Bray 4-2.

Travis Shofler finished fourth at 220. Heritage’s Chris Incao won by fall over Shofler in the third-place match.

Finishing fifth in their respective brackets for the Eagles were Jack Stanley (160) and Gunner Price (285).

Alex Short took sixth place at 132 pounds, while Orion Norris (138) and Johnathon Burke (145) both finished seventh in their brackets. Toryn Jones finished ninth at 120.

Next, Joplin had athletes competing at the Bentonville West Girls Invitational.

Erika Washom placed fifth at 132 pounds, Rylie Ward finished eighth at 108, Coryaunna Mueller was 12th at 116 and Olyvia Higdon was 15th at 140.



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