(Photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
COLUMBIA -- Six Sikeston wrestlers hit the mat in Columbia on Thursday for the first round of the 2003 state wrestling championships.
Of the six, Kyle Weeks (135) and Joe Johnson (275) defeated their first round opponents to advance to the quarterfinal round, which takes place today at the Hearnes Center.
Adam Miller (119) lost his first-rounder, but won a wrestle-back to stay alive in the tournament.
"I thought we wrestled well," said Sikeston head coach Chris Hodgkiss. "In the state tournament, anything can happen. Even the guys that lost their first two matches wrestled with great intensity. We said coming in we would like to finish in the top 20 in the state. After day one, we're 18th right now. It's going to be hard to stay there, but I think we can do it."
In the 119 division, Miller lost his first round match to Shawn Werberger of Carl Junction by a score of 5-2. In wrestle-backs, Miller pinned Timberland's Daniel Enloe in a time of 3:29.
At 135, Weeks defeated Nevada's Heath Perky in the first round by a score of 5-2. He will wrestle St. Charles West's Zack Stewart in today's quarterfinal match.
At 152, Sikeston's Lance Berry was defeated in the first round by Carthage's Steven Nichols by a score of 20-4. In his wrestle-back, Berry was pinned by Kearney's Benny Palmer in 2:55.
At 171, Sikeston's Scotty Keenan was pinned by St. Charles' Mark Debrecht in 5:21. In his wrestle-back, Keenan was pinned by Branson's Kenny Fredenburg in 2:18.
In the 215 division, Sikeston's Andy Croxford was pinned by Excelsior Springs' Drew Marriott in 1:01. In the wrestle-back, Croxford was pinned by Ozark's Kerry Holmes in 4:17.
At 275, Sikeston's Joe Johnson pinned Hannibal's Ryan Hemme in the first round in 3:54. Johnson will wrestle Josh Baugh of Carthage in the quarterfinal round today.