Dexter wrestlers sending nine to state; Keena, Waldner win district championships

Dexter senior Mason Keena (top) tries to pin Cape Central's Jamourian Grimsley during the 145-pound match Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at Dexter High School. Keena won a district championship Saturday in St. Clair and advanced to the state meet.
DEXTER STATESMAN/Kyle Smith

Nine Dexter wrestlers qualified for state at the MSHSAA Class 2 District 1 tournament Saturday at St. Clair High School.

Mason Keena (145 pounds) and Travis Waldner (170) won district championships, helping the Bearcats finish second in the 16-team event with 173 points.

Sullivan won the team championship with 206.

Dexter's Travis Waldner (left) drives Kennett's Lorenzo Thomas backward during the 170-pound match Jan. 16, 2020, at Dexter High School. Waldner won a district championship Saturday at St. Clair and advanced to the state tournament for the fourth straight year.
DEXTER STATESMAN/Kyle Smith

The Bearcats won their first district championship last season while sending 11 to state.

Wyatt Parker (132) and Alex Townsend (160) were district runners-up. Caleb Coons (195), Eric Harmon (113) and Bryston Pemberton (120) placed third, and Parker Vanslyke (182) and Diego McCormick (106) finished fourth.

The state tournament begins Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Diego McCormick (106)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Bye. Semifinals: Teagan Kelly, St. James, won by fall in 1:21. Consolation semifinals: Bye. Third place: Gavin Patterson, Kennett, won by fall in 57 seconds.

Eric Harmon (113)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Def. John Johnson, Sullivan, by fall in 31 seconds. Semifinals. Gavin Gross, Ste. Genevieve, won by fall in 3:17. Consolation semifinals: Def. Blake Marlatt, St. James, technical fall 18-3 (3:03). Third place: Def. Gabe Martinez, St. Clair, by fall in 4:53.

Bryston Pemberton (120)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Def. Joseph Lewis, Sullivan, by fall in 1:17. Semifinals: Dalton McNeal, of Ste. Genevieve, won by decision 9-6. Consolation semifinals: Def. Frank Parsons, St. James, by fall in 2:41. Third place: Def. Kobe Bolin, Park Hills Central, by tech fall 19-2 in 3:00.

CJ Greene (126)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Def. Alex Nickelson, St. Genevieve, by decision 6-3. Semifinals: Dillon Witt, Sullivan, won by fall in 1:13. Consolation semifinals: Kahari Evans, University City, won by decision 4-3.

Wyatt Parker (132)

First round: Def. Carter Le, Affton, by fall in 27 seconds. Quarterfinals: Def. Arnold Charleson, Soldan, by fall in 2:48. Semifinals: Def. Nathan Selby, Ste. Genevieve, by major decision 11-2. Championship: Kade Willis, Park Hills Central, won by fall in 2:34.

Drew Soule (138)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Ty Shetley, Sullivan, won by fall in 5:41. Consolation second round: Def. Tyler Preston, Kennett, by fall in 44 seconds. Consolation third round: Def. Aidan Boyer, Potosi, by fall in 2:30.

Consolation semifinals: Cameron Simcox, St. Clair, won by decision 9-2.

Mason Keena (145)

First round: Def. Amaan Banga, John Burroughs, by fall in 47 seconds. Quarterfinals: Def. Steven Riddell, Potosi, by fall in 27 seconds. Semifinals: Def. Vance Grove, Miller Career Academy, by fall in 2:26. Championship: Def. Carneillius King, Normandy, by fall in 1:09.

Jacob Medler (152)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Blake Bolin, Park Hills Central, won by fall in 3:25. Consolation second round: Aaron Deken, Notre Dame, won by decision 14-8.

Alex Townsend (160)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Def. Otrevian Walls, Kennett, by fall in 1:29. Semifinals: Def. William Mayberry, Park Hills Central, by decision 12-5. Championship: Kobie Blankenship, Sullivan, won by fall in 1:18.

Travis Waldner (170)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Def. John Rich, John Burroughs, by fall in 46 seconds. Semifinals: Def. Chandler Tinsley, St. James, by fall in 55 seconds. Championship: Def. Trey Eplin, Sullivan, by fall in 58 seconds.

Parker Vanslyke (182)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Hayden Higgins, Kennett, won by fall in 1:09. Consolation second round: Bye. Consolation third round: Bye. Consolation semifinals: Def. Joshua Whaley, Park Hills Central, by decision 12-5. Third place: Dale Propst, Ste. Genevieve, won by decision 6-4.

Shawn Robards (195)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Zachary Woodson, St. James, won by fall in 4:52. Consolation second round: Bye. Consolation third round: Def. Ethan Jackson, Notre Dame, by fall in 4:43. Consolation semifinals: Carter Dace, Sullivan, won by major decision 10-0.

Caleb Coons (220)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Def. Josh Clark, John Burroughs, by decision 6-0. Semifinals: Austin Carver, Park Hills Central, won by fall in 4:44. Consolation semifinals: Def. Seth Keeny, St. James, by fall in 2:48. Third place: Def. Caleb Land, Potosi, by fall in 3:58.

Kolin Simpson (285)

First round: Bye. Quarterfinals: Luis Ortiz, Potosi, won by fall in 48 seconds. Consolation second round: Bye. Consolation third round: Def. Isaiah Davis, Normandy, by fall 1:00. Consolation semifinals: Michael Weinhold, Park Hills Central, won by fall in 2:15.

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