CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's wrestling team endured the 30-hour marathon that was the 29th annual Tiger Classic over the weekend, finishing a respectable 11th in a field of 20 teams.
"Considering how long the tournament was, I was pleased with the way we wrestled," said Sikeston coach Chris Hodgkiss. "You can always find ways to improve, but we wrestled tough in a Top 5 tournament. This was like a mini-state -- actually it was bigger because it was a 20-man bracket. In about a 30-hour span, we wrestled for 20 hours of that time. It was a really tough tournament."
Of the 13 Sikeston wrestlers that competed in the event, four medaled.
Lance Berry had a stellar tournament in the 160 class, taking third place with a record of 7-1.
"Lance had a great tournament," said Hodgkiss. "He ended up meeting the only kid he lost to for the third place match, and beat him, so he avenged his only loss."
Kyle Weeks also had a strong performance in the 135 division, taking fourth with a record of 6-2.
"Kyle had some tough competition," said Hodgkiss. "He had a couple of close matches that he won. It's good for him to be put in that situation and have to grind out a tough match."
Heavyweight Joe Johnson came in fifth with a record of 5-3. "Joe didn't feel too well and had a rough Friday evening," said Hodgkiss.
"But he came back on Saturday and wrestled real well to take fifth. He had three pins on Saturday in 13 seconds, 14 seconds and 29 seconds. To do that in a tough tournament like that is very impressive."
Cody Weeks also placed fifth in the 140 class with a record of 5-3.
"Cody has wrestled extremely well for the past two weeks," said Hodgkiss. "I can't remember the last match he hasn't shown up for. He's been one of our top wrestlers for the last three weeks now. He's really had a good first half of the season. I'm looking for him to do better things in the second half."
In other Sikeston matches, Trace White finished 2-5 at 112, Ben Powers went 1-5 at 119, Cody Ryan went 3-4 at 125, Shawn Cooper went 0-4 at 130, Tony Reynolds went 4-4 at 145, Cullen Looney went 0-4 at 152, Scotty Keenan went 5-2 at 171, Malcolm Williams went 4-4 at 189 and Andy Croxford went 5-3 at 215.
Jackson won the tournament. Fort Zumwalt North took second and Troy came in third.
Sikeston will compete in a junior varsity tournament Jan. 3. The varsity will be back in action Jan. 10.
"Right now we need a little rest," said Hodgkiss. "That was a long, grueling tournament. We've got three weeks to prepare for the Park Hills Tournament coming up."
Sikeston is currently ranked ninth in the state in Class 2.