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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Wrestlers beat NMCC in finale

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Sikeston's Ken Masegian chokes NMCC's Prentice Willis in the 160 weight class of Wednesday's dual. Masegian won the match by pin in 1:25
(Photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's wrestling team competed in its final dual meet of the regular season on Wednesday night, beating New Madrid County Central, 60-10.

The Bulldogs will now compete in the district meet on Saturday at Ste. Genevieve.

"(This year) we had three dual meets that we lost by one match," explained Sikeston head coach Chris Hodgkiss. "At the end of the year, I'm going to look at how many kids made it to state, not what our dual meet record was. That's our ultimate goal -- to qualify as many kids as possible for state. The last two or three weeks we've had some really intense practices. Hopefully we will be peaking at the right time."

In the 119 class, Adam Miller pinned NMCC's Cole Burch in 2:30. Shawn Cooper was then defeated by NMCC's Thorne Redmond in the 125 class, pinned in 5:06.

At 130, Cody Ryan pinned NMCC's Ryan Lawrence in 2:32. In the 135 class, Kyle Weeks pinned Delanio Taylor in 2:54.

At 145, Tony Reynolds was defeated by NMCC's Ryan Anderson by a score of 11-1. At 160, Ken Masegian pinned NMCC's Prentice Willis in 1:25.

In the heavyweight class, Joe Johnson pinned NMCC's Joseph Kirby in 2:37.

"Last night we had a very good dual meet against Poplar Bluff," said Hodgkiss. "Tonight was a good match for us, to go out, get some mat time and get ready for Saturday."

Cody Weeks (145), Lance Berry (152), Scotty Keenan (171), Malcolm Williams (189) and Andy Croxford (215) all won by forfeit.

Saturday's district meet at Ste. Genevieve will start at 11 a.m.

"We've wrestled a tough schedule this year, and I've got a lot of kids coming back with varsity experience," said Hodgkiss. "These guys have been there, and know what to expect in a district tournament. I really expect us to wrestle well on Saturday."