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Johnson reaches third place match

Sunday, February 23, 2003

COLUMBIA - After sending six qualifiers to state, the Sikeston wrestling team has one left.

Sophomore heavyweight Joe Johnson pinned Carthage's Josh Baugh in the quarterfinals before losing to Missouri's top-ranked B.J. Coslet of Marshall by pin on Friday night at the Hearnes Center in Columbia.

Johnson wrestled Saturday with a shot at getting third place. He could finish no worse than sixth place. Results from his matches will be in Monday's edition.

In his win against Baugh, the fourth-ranked heavyweight in the state, Johnson was winning 7-6 in the third period before securing a pin at the 4:15 mark.

Coslet, who won both his previous matches at state in a combined 52 seconds, defeated Johnson by pin in 1:08.

"Joe has really stepped it up," said Sikeston head coach Chris Hodgkiss. "Joe wrestled an awesome quarterfinal match. But he had a tough opponent in the semifinals. (Coslet) is a horse. He threw Joe and he couldn't get out of it. I can see why he's the No. 1 ranked kid in the state."

Sikeston had two other wrestlers alive on Friday but both were defeated in the consolation bracket.

Kyle Weeks (135 pounds) lost by decision 13-2 in the quarterfinals to Zack Stewart from St. Charles West.

Weeks then was eliminated by Jefferson City Helias' Matt Chinn by a score of 6-3 in the second round of the consolation bracket.

Senior Adam Miller (119 pounds) made it to the second round of the consolation bracket with a victory on Thursday, but he was eliminated by top-ranked Nick Staggs of Kearney, 15-2.

"Kyle and Adam both had tough draws and they wrestled their guys tough," said Hodgkiss. "It just didn't come out on their side."

Hodgkiss' team goal was to finish in the top 20 in the state. As of Friday night, the Bulldogs were 25th.

"Where we're at right now, we've obviously had a successful season," said Hodgkiss. "It's one of the most successful seasons we've had in a while."