STE. GENEVIEVE - The Sikeston Bulldog wrestling team took fifth place in the Class 3A District Tournament at Ste. Genevieve on Saturday.
The Bulldogs qualified six wrestlers that will compete in the sectional competition on Saturday at the Farmington Civic Center scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
"I would've liked to have had a couple more, but you've got to be happy for those six," said Sikeston wrestling head coach Chris Hodgkiss. "With the competition that we've wrestled all year, I really like all six of their chances to go to state. I told the guys before the day started that I wasn't necessarily worried about where we finished as a team place-wise. I just wanted to qualify as many kids as possible."
Farmington won the district. They were followed by Ste. Genevieve (2nd), North County (3rd), Affton (4th), Sikeston, Windsor (6th), DeSoto (7th), Hillsboro (8th) and NJROTC (9th).
Sikeston didn't have any first or second place finishes, but wrestlers need only to place in the top four to move on to the sectional.
Kyle Weeks (125 pounds) and Jackie Cowley (160) both took third place with 3-1 records. Fourth place qualifiers with 2-2 records were Cleveland Anthony (130), Justin Keller (140), Scott Heuiser (189) and Joe Johnson (heavyweight).
"For Joe Johnson to be a freshman at heavyweight and to qualify, that says a lot for how far he's come this year," said Hodgkiss. "Scott Heuiser has improved tremendously since the beginning of the season. We had some big wins. In the third and fourth place match, Jackie Cowley had to wrestle a kid that was a state qualifier last year, and Jackie really handled him the entire match won it pretty easily."
Others that competed but did not qualify were Cody Ryan (112), Adam Miller (119), Cody Weeks (135), Tony Reynolds (145), Scotty Keenan (152) and Stuart Carraway (215).
Miller, Weeks and Carraway each won one match but failed to advance.
"With our district being so tough, I like all six (qualifiers) chances," said Hodgkiss. "Even though you have to make top four, some of our guys are going to have to deal with the entire other district, or beat somebody from our district that they've already lost to. I really like their chances."