LHS places second at Ozark Conference tournament

Photo courtesy Nicholas Mebruer
Lebanon sophomore Cole Roark won his first Ozark Conference championship at 126 pounds on Saturday afternoon at Parkview High School by defeating Zach Fennell of Rolla via pin. Roark was named OC Wrestler of the Year.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

SPRINGFIELD — Lebanon sophomores Cole Roark and Trevor Christian and junior Ty Glendenning all captured an individual Ozark Conference championship and the Yellowjackets placed second overall on Saturday afternoon at Parkview High School.

The ‘Jackets finished with 196 points as a team, while Waynesville held them off by 3.5 points to finish first with 199.5 points.

“We wrestled okay, but we couldn’t just hold them (Waynesville) off,” Lebanon head coach Randy Roark said. “We looked at our last round and who we had and knew we were going to have some upsets to win it. We knew Waynesville and Rolla were going to pick up some wins and we just weren’t able to do it the last round.”

At 126-pounds, Roark matched up against undefeated Zach Fennell from Rolla in the championship and was able to stick Fennell early and pin him in the first round to secure his first OC title.

“Before the match, Cole came up to me and told me ‘Dad I am going to beat him,’ and I told him to go do it,” Roark said. “He went out there and tossed him and stuck him.”

Roark was named OC Wrestler of the Year.

Christian, now 43-2 in his sophomore campaign defeated Jesus Ramirez of Camdenton, 11-7 at 152-pounds in the finals to clinch his second consecutive OC title.

“Trevor was an Ozark Conference champion last year and has a chance to win it all four years,” Roark said. “I didn’t think he wrestled very well in the finals, but he is our most dominant wrestler, and he is tough to beat.”

Glendenning breezed through the 182-pound weight class en route to the championship. After having a bye in the first round, Glendenning proceeded to pin his next two opponents and improved to 30-14 on the season.

“Ty wrestled the kid from Waynesville during the dual match and was losing, but then he was able to stick him for the win,” Roark said. “This time around Ty just took it to him from the beginning and pinned him and hopefully he can keep this momentum heading into districts.”

Lebanon will next compete at the Missouri Class 4 District 3 tournament, which will be held on Friday and Saturday at Drury University.

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