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Grapplers place fourth in tourney

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

JACKSON - The Sikeston Bulldogs placed fourth out of 10 teams at the SEMO Conference meet at Jackson High School on Saturday.

Jackson won the event with 320 points. Farmington just missed out on the championship, scoring 319 1/2 points. Ste. Genevieve placed third with 270 points while the Bulldogs followed up with 177 points.

Other teams that placed were 5th - Cape Central (158), 6th - Dexter (154), 7th - North County (139), 8th - Poplar Bluff (135), 9th - Park Hills Central (94 1/2) and 10th - New Madrid County Central (75).

"I thought we competed real well in order to take fourth place," said Sikeston head coach Chris Hodgkiss. "We were pretty steady throughout the entire day. There are some very quality teams in our conference. Those top three teams are in the top five in the state about every year. And placing seven guys shows how hard these guys have worked all year."

Sikeston's top two placers were Adam Miller (119 pounds) and Joe Johnson (heavyweight) who both finished second with 4-1 records.

"Adam Miller had a really good tournament," said Hodgkiss. "I think that he's starting to wrestle to his potential. And Joe's finally getting back to healthy. As long as he's healthy, he's going to be tough."

The Bulldogs had four wrestlers take third as Kyle Weeks (135), Cody Weeks (140), Scotty Keenan (171) and Andy Croxford (215) each finished with 4-1 records.

Sikeston had two other wrestlers place as Malcolm Williams (189) took fourth with a 3-2 record and Lance Berry (152) took fifth with a 3-2 record.

"Kyle's been steady all year and Cody Weeks, Malcolm Williams and Andy Croxford have improved tremendously from the beginning of this season," said Hodgkiss. "Scotty Keenan had another good tournament. He avenged one of his early season losses against Jackson."

Shawn Cooper (125), Cody Ryan (130) and Tony Reynolds (145) all competed but did not place.

Sikeston will wrestle at Ste. Genevieve today at 6 p.m. in a dual match.