NEW MADRID - The SEMO Conference Wrestling meet took place on Saturday at New Madrid County Central High School.
Out of 10 teams, the Sikeston Bulldogs took fifth place with 183 points. They were just a 1/2 point behind fourth place Cape Central.
Farmington took first, Jackson finished in second and Ste. Genevieve came in third.
All three of those teams are among the state's elite in their respective classes.
"The conference tournament is always a tough one," said Sikeston head coach Chris Hodgkiss. "There's always upsets and things that happen that you don't expect. We could've placed higher but we just fell a little short. I've talked to the guys day in and day out about how every team point counts. And as you can see, we were half a point out of fourth place, which goes to show that every point does count in a tournament this size."
Sikeston had eight wrestlers out of 11 place. Heavyweight Joe Johnson and 160-pounder Lance Berry each went 4-1 and took second.
"Joe and Lance both reaching the finals is also noteworthy," said Hodgkiss. "Both came up short in the championship matches, but they had good days."
Malcolm Williams (189 pounds) and Kyle Weeks (135) each went 4-1 and took third.
"Malcolm Williams had a real good tournament," said Hodgkiss. "The 189 class is usually really tough. For Malcolm to come through and take third says a lot for how he wrestled that day. His only loss was to the Jackson kid who ended up being conference champ. It was good to see Kyle Weeks get a win over the Jackson kid who he lost to earlier in the week. That should be a big confidence boost for Kyle."
Cody Weeks (140) and Tony Reynolds (145) each went 3-2 and took fourth. Scotty Keenan (171) and Andy Croxford (215) each went 3-2 and took fifth.
Cody Ryan (125), Shawn Cooper (130) and Cullen Looney (152) each went 2-3 and did not place.
Sikeston was also hurt by the fact that freshman Ben Powers, a 103-pounder, couldn't wrestle because he already had too many tournaments in with a jayvee event earlier in the season.
Sikeston will host Ste. Genevieve on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in a dual meet.