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Heartland wrestlers bring home 11 championships

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Heartland Wrestling Team
SIKESTON -- The Heartland Wrestling team traveled to Lafayette High School December 19th to compete in the St. Louis Open.

"Bringing home 11 championships was better than expected. Anytime you come home with that many 1st place medals, you have to be proud of the kids," Coach Danny Ruby commented. "These boys are wrestling really well right now and we are working on a lot of different techniques. The kids are young but are hungry for the tournaments. I think they would compete everyday if it were possible."

Two wrestlers become two-time St. Louis Open champions, Darin Dicus and Dusty Ruby.

"Darin is wrestling very smart right now," said Ruby. "We talk a lot about his style of wrestling and we're using it to our advantage. Darin has a lot of knowledge of the sport and the ability to win any match he's in. Dustin won the tournament last year and wanted to be a two time champ so that's what he focused on. He wrestles very aggressively and he's on the offense from the beginning of his matches. Dustin had three pins on the day."

Also winning first place was Gage Barber, Garrett Middleton, Cody Middleton, Levi Henson, Zach Shaw, Jacob Stinnett, Drew Harper, Katarious Harrington and Wesley McCollough.

"Gage is wrestling well right now and is undefeated on the season," said Ruby. "He had two matches and won both of them by pinning his opponents. Cody and Garrett Middleton showed their determination and ability by each winning their championships. Levi Henson won his first championship and this was a huge tournament to win. I expect Levi to do great things for the club in the future.

"Zach Shaw continues to show his ability won the mat. Zach has so much talent and can handle the pressure of big matches.

Bringing home second place was Trevor Wheatley and Clay Williams.

"Trevor is a good wrestler that is winning some good matches for the team," said Ruby. "Clay is wrestling with a lot of heart. This is Clay's first season and he is definitely making a name for himself. He is wrestling very smart and using a lot of different moves in his matches. When these kids go and win at these tournaments they come back working even harder in practice."

There were three third place finishers: Blake Angle, Josh Stinnett and Cody Jones.

Timothy Teal battled the flu to finish fourth.

"Winning a big tournament at this time of year is great," said Ruby. "We have some very big tournaments coming up and we need this level of competition."