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Sikeston wrestlers take first at Park Hills Tourney

Monday, January 12, 2004

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Kyle Weeks
PARK HILLS - The Sikeston wrestling team competed in the Park Hills Tournament on Saturday and came away with a first place finish in their pool.

The 10-team tournament was split into two five-team pools. After pool play was complete, the placers would wrestle an opponent in the other pool with a corresponding place to determine the winners.

Sikeston won its pool against DeSoto, Hillsboro, Sullivan and Priory. Herculaneum won the other pool against Dexter, New Madrid County Central, Park Hills and Berkeley.

While no team was awarded the overall championship, Sikeston head coach Chris Hodgkiss was pleased with his team's performance.

"We would've liked to have wrestled Herculaneum for the championship for the tournament, but that wasn't the way it was set up," said Hodgkiss. "We did all we could do. We did well in our pool, we had some good competition and we sent a lot of kids to the finals. I was very pleased with our overall effort."

Sikeston had two wrestlers take first place in the tournament. Kyle Weeks (135 pounds) and Scotty Keenan (171) each went undefeated with 5-0 records.

"Kyle and Scotty both had tremendous tournaments," said Hodgkiss. "Kyle had all five wins by pin so you really can't ask any more of him. In the finals for Scotty, he actually pinned a kid that he had only beaten 4-3 early in the year. That shows you how much he's improved in the last month."

The Bulldogs also had five other wrestlers reach their respective championship match only to finish second. Ben Powers (103), Cody Ryan (125), Lance Berry (160), Andy Croxford (215) and Joe Johnson (heavyweight) all finished 4-1 to take second place.

"We had a lot of kids step up," said Hodgkiss. "Ben Powers, a freshman, really stepped up. He finally got down to 103, the weight that he should've been, and you could tell he was a lot more comfortable at that weight."

Tony Reynolds (145) went 4-1 and took third. Malcolm Williams (189) and Shawn Cooper (130) each went 3-2 to take fourth place. Cody Weeks (140) went 3-2 to take fifth place. Cullen Looney (152) did not place.

"We wrestled extremely well this weekend," said Hodgkiss. "Out of about 60 matches, I can only think of four or five that we didn't wrestle well in. We won 44 matches in the tournament and out of those 44, we had 33 pins. So that right there just shows you how aggressive we were for the tournament."

Sikeston (2-2) will wrestle at NMCC today at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will return home to wrestle Cape Central tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

The Sikeston JV team competed in the Jackson Junior Varsity Tournament on Saturday.

The Bulldogs had three first place finishers and two second place.

Trey Oetting went 5-0 to take first. Salamar Cox and Chris Northern each went 3-0 to take first.

Zach Casey and Brandon Hale each took second place.

Other wrestlers that competed but did not place were Paxton Whittle, Shay May, Logan White, Justin Morton, Matt Knickman, Ryan Dicus, Kyle Sindle and Jameson Scott.