MAT ROUNDUP: Centralia boys win Katy Trail tournament, several reach individual milestones

By Jeremy Jacob, Sports Editor
Posted 12/21/22

The accolades kept pouring in for the Centralia boys wrestling team on Saturday.

In the same week the Panthers defeated Hannibal 57-24 at home in their first dual of the season, they continued to …

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MAT ROUNDUP: Centralia boys win Katy Trail tournament, several reach individual milestones


The accolades kept pouring in for the Centralia boys wrestling team on Saturday.

In the same week the Panthers defeated Hannibal 57-24 at home in their first dual of the season, they continued to dominate at tournaments by finishing first at The Battle at the Katy Trail tournament in Sedalia — their second straight tournament victory — with 616.5 points.

Other than the team accomplishment of taking first by almost 150 points ahead of runner-up Brookfield, Brayden Dubes and Brayden Shelton each won the 150th match of their respective careers while Jesse Shannon achieved win No. 100. Dubes and Shannon took first place in the 126- and 132-pound weight classes as part of the five Panthers to win their respective weight classes, including Rex Bryson at 138, Kyden Wilkeron at 157 and Seth Hasekamp at 285.

Shelton at 165 and Weston Ward at 120 each earned second place, Bryson Dubes at 106 won third place, Ian Tuggle at 190 finished fifth, and Ethan Adams at 150 took ninth in a field that included wrestlers from 45 schools.

Brayden Dubes pinned five opponents prior to defeating Brookfield’s Peyton Parn by a 5-2 decision in the first-place match, and Shannon won by pin four times and major decision once prior to winning a pair of 2-0 decision matches Fatima’s Cody Strope and North Callaway’s Lane Kimbley. Bryson had five pinfall victories, an 8-5 decision win against Maysville’s Draken Bennett, and a first-place 9-2 decision victory against Butler’s Kellen Long, Wilkerson scored four pinfalls and three major decisions before taking first against Richmond’s Elijah Sanders by a 4-2 decision, and Hasekamp pinned all six of his opponents, with Penney’s Dawson Miller going down in the first-place match.

Shelton won by pin thrice, and technical fall and decision each once before losing by medical forfeit in the first-place match, and Ward pinned five opponents before losing by sudden victory to Father Tolton’s Christopher Ankenman for first place.

Bryson Dubes had three pinfalls and one major decision to go with a major decision loss to Gallatin’s Eli Sperry, and Tuggle won by two pinfalls, three decisions — including a 3-0 to Holden’s Joseph Powell and a 6-5 Marceline’s Scout Gooch — and a sudden victory. Tuggle lost to Gooch by sudden victory earlier in the bracket prior to defeating him in the fifth-place match. Adams had four pins and two losses before beating Marceline’s Brayden Brown by a 4-3 decision for ninth place.

Centralia’s Ward stays undefeated at Katy Trail

Ava Ward has lived up to her high state ranking so far this season for the Centralia girls.

The sophomore, who was recently ranked first in the state’s Pound-for-Pound girls rankings, stayed undefeated Saturday in the girls’ Battle at the Katy Trail tournament in Sedalia. Ward had five victories via pinfall and one by medical forfeit to finish first in the 115-pound weight class.

The Lady Panthers finished 12th out of 44 teams with 173 points — one point ahead of Palmyra and behind winner Brookfield’s 453 points.

Gretchen Marriott took fifth in the 155 class with seven pinfalls — including one against teammate Kayleigh Wiecken — and lost by a 9-3 decision in the quarterfinals to Gallatin’s Karydon Jones. Madie Shelton was sixth at 120 after winning by pinfall thrice and losing by pin twice, and Besan Juma was sixth at 235 following being pinned twice and pinning someone once along with a 3-0 decision victory against Lafayette County’s Shauna Wilkson.

North Callaway earns four in top 10, finishes 13th in Sedalia

The Battle at the Katy Trail tournament in Sedalia proved to have tight competition, but North Callaway had a few finish high in the rankings on Saturday.

The Thunderbirds had four place in the top 10 in their respective weight classes while the team was 13th out of 45 schools with 233.5 points — 1.5 points ahead of Trenton and two behind Holden.

Lane Kimbley came close to finishing atop the podium at 132 pounds, following five pinfalls and a 4-0 decision against Father Tolton’s Brody Narron, but fell just short in a 2-0 decision to Centralia’s Jesse Shannon in the first-place match.

Eli Henry was undefeated with five pins in the 157 class before losing to Centralia’s Kyden Wilkerson via major decision and Gallatin’s Draven Wright by pinfall to take fourth. Casper Safranski won by pinfall twice and via a 3-0 decision against Polo’s Hunter Harris but lost three times — twice to Knob Noster’s Trey Payne by decisions of 10-6 and 6-3 — to finish fourth at 190. AJ Siegel was ninth at 138 after five victories — three via pinfall — and three losses.

Mexico’s Martin takes first in Cape Girardeau, Bulldogs finish sixth

Gavin Martin didn’t lose again this weekend for the Mexico boys.

In the 132-pound weight class Saturday at the Cape Central Boys Tiger Classic in Cape Girardeau, Martin beat all three of his opponents to finish first, following last weekend where he didn’t lose in a duals tournament at Carrollton.

The Bulldogs had Grant Van Horn and Watson Azdell finish as runners-up as the team were sixth out of 15 schools with 172 points — 4.5 points behind Fox and trailing winner Northwest’s (Cedar Hill) 304 points.

Martin pinned his first two opponents before earning first place after a 9-6 decision over Francis Howell North’s Wyatt Nicholson. At 144 pounds, Van Horn won by pin and a major decision prior to edging Northwest’s Evan Porter 8-6 to earn a spot in the first-place match, where he lost via pinfall to Jefferson City’s Cameron McKee. Azdell began the 126-pound bracket with two pins, wrestled to a 4-3 decision victory against Christian County’s Holden Schneider, and fell to Jefferson City’s Elijah Teiberis wrestler by a major decision.

Grant Walker finished third at 190 following four pinfall victories and a 7-0 decision over Goreville’s Matt Carter and a loss via pinfall to Jefferson City’s Cohen Davis. Finishing fourth were Keegan Koons at 113 and Kayle Martin at 138 as Koons was 2-2 against his opponents, including a 6-4 decision victory against Fox’s Abdulla Saidov, and Martin was 3-2 after two pins, being pinned twice, and an 8-3 decision victory against Millington Central’s Dylan Chapman.

Lady Bulldogs earn wins in Eldon Christmas tournament

Out of a field of 24 schools Friday and Saturday, the Mexico girls finished 22nd in the standings at the Lady Mustangs Christmas Clash in Eldon, but several Lady Bulldogs finished the weekend with victories.

Karisa Hayden at 170 pounds defeated four opponents — three via pinfall and one by sudden victory — to finish 11th while Ali Walotka started her weekend by pinning two opponents to end up finishing eighth in the 120 class for Mexico’s highest individual finish. Among the others to pin two opponents were Abby Bowen at 130 (12th), Taylor Parker at 190 (10th) and Alexus Johns at 235 (11th).

Kiya Smith defeated teammate Emileigh Woods by an 8-3 decision in the 125 class, and Carly Stuart scored a pinfall at 135.