LHS wrestling competing at state tournament

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Lebanon sophomore Trevor Christian wrestles his opponent from Staley High School during the quarterfinal round of the state tournament on Friday afternoon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Christian is slated to wrestle in the semifinal round at 6 p.m. on Friday.


COLUMBIA — During press time, five out of the six Lebanon wrestlers survived of the first day of competition at the Missouri Class 4 state wrestling championships in Columbia and advanced to either a quarterfinal or to another round of wrestlebacks.

Lebanon wrestling head coach Randy Roark says his wrestlers performed well

“It’s pretty intimidating,” Roark said. “You walk out of the tunnel and this place is loud and sometimes it gets the best of kids. The group that we have here has wrestled for a lot of years as part of USA wrestling and they have hit big tournaments like this so there’s not quite as much pressure for them.

“It’s still nerve-racking, but it’s not as bad for them because they’ve wrestled big tournaments.”

In the 120-pound weight class, junior Hunter Lewis drew Lafayette-Wildwood junior Jaylen Carson in the first round and was defeated via pin in the second period. In the first round of wrestlebacks, Lewis’ opponent failed to meet weight and moved on via forfeit.

“Lewis saw the kid in the Jeff City tournament and got hammered by him,” Roark said. “That kid (Carson) came out of a tough district and was the toughest fourth-seed he could’ve drawn. We drew him and it is what it is.

“The kid he was supposed to wrestle on the backside didn’t make weight so Hunter is still alive.”

At 126-pounds, Ozark Conference Wrestler of the Year Cole Roark faced Fox junior Dylan Looney and was stuck in the second period, but bounced back with a win in the first round of wrestle backs with a pin over Trevor Seely of Troy.

“I felt like Cole went out there and didn’t wrestle his game,” Roark said about his sons match. “That kid (Looney) controlled the match and was hitting moves he normally doesn’t hit and he outsmarted him.

“Hopefully he can bounce back today and get a couple wins under his belt.”

Junior Caleb Shields was eliminated on Thursday night after losing his first two matches in what were  close battles, according to Roark.

“We just have to get him to switch to offense instead of defense because he is so much better on offense than he is defense,” Roark said. “Towards the end of the season, he wasn’t wrestling very well and two good matches during the district tournament and he was able to qualify for state.

“During the summer that is something we are going to fix so we won’t be in this same situation.”

Shields completes his junior season with a 24-25 record.

Coming into the state tournament ranked No. 2 in Class 4 at 152-pounds, sophomore Trevor Christian continued to impress with a first-round 12-2 major decision victory over Kirkwood senior Jacob Hibbard to advance to the quarterfinal round.

“He went out and pounded his kid,” Roark said about Christians performance. “He is tough on his feet and only had one match, but he wrestled good.”

Christian said getting a first-round win under his belt felt good and that he is excited to get back out there.

“It feels good,” Christian said about his win. “It sets you up in a good spot and you don’t have to win as many to get on the podium.

“I’m just going to go out there and do my thing and wrestle the best I can.”

Christian defeated Tyler Craig of Staley, 10-7 in the quarterfinal round on Friday afternoon and was slated to wrestle in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Friday night.

In the 182-pound weight class, junior Ty Glendenning qualified for his first state tournament, but fell to Eureka senior Kyle Dickhaus via pin. Dickhaus came into the tournament ranked No. 4 in Class 4 in his respective weight class. Glendenning bounced backed on the backside of the bracket and defeated Cameron Gillespie of Park Hill South, 3-1.

“He (Glendenning) ran into a stud in his round, but bounced back nice with that win,” Roark said. “He is still alive and hopefully he can keep it going.”

Junior Race Cottongim won his first-round matchup in the heavyweight division with a  9-7 win over Johnny Wilson of Park Hill.

“He went out there and beat the Park Hill kid who is a really good wrestler,” Roark said about Cottongims performance. “He (Cottongim) has a high-motor and frustrates guys because he is tough to score on and knocked him off.”

Tied 7-7 with 30 seconds remaining in the third period, Cottongim said he knew Wilson was tired and needed to take advantage.

“During that time I knew I was pretty gassed, but I knew that he was gassed too and thought maybe I could just take into overtime and get a takedown, but he shot at me and I knew I could turn around and score so that’s what I did,” Cottongim said about his match. “I felt like I could’ve wrestled better at districts, so I am hoping to go out here and beat some of these guys.”

Cottongim fell 3-1 to Jordan Williams of Fort Zumwalt East in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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