COLUMBIA -- Gavilan Bland, Sikeston junior, medaled with a sixth-place finish in the 160-pound class at the 2007 MSHSAA Wrestling Meet.
Bland was forced to default in the semifinal round when overtaken with a bout of flu. Unable to recover in time for the third-place match, he also defaulted, relegating him to sixth place.
"It was a disappointing way for him to end the year," said Sikeston wrestling coach Chris Crosby. "He worked so hard to get to the position that he was in, then for something like this to happen was very disappointing for him and the rest of us to see his season end on such a sad note."