(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston wrestler Kenton Robinson won the 138-pound division during the 38th Annual Tiger Classic wrestling meet on Saturday at the Cape Central Junior High School.
Although it hasn't been confirmed, Robinson is considered one of the few Sikeston wrestlers to walk away from one of the most prestigious wrestling tournaments in the state of Missouri as a champion.
Robinson defeated Kevi Matlock from Christian County High School by default.
"Kenton became Sikeston's first champion in several years," Sikeston wrestling coach Seth Harrell said. "He had a great weekend."
Robinson remains undefeated on the year at 11-0.
In the 120-pound weight class, Sikeston's Blake Angle took second place after falling to Ste. Genevieve's Cole Reynolds by decision.
"Blake wrestled well all weekend," Harrell said. "He lost a tough match in the finals, 1-0. We feel that he wrestled better he just didn't catch any break and lost out on some close calls."
Garrick Madison, who is a first-year wrestler for Sikeston, impressed Harrell with a sixth place finish in the 106-pound division.
"He's a first-year wrestler and I think it's outstanding that he was able to come home with a medal," Harrell said.
Austin Henson, who wrestled in the 195-pound division, finished in fifth place bringing home one of Sikeston's seven medals from the weekend. Jacob Stinnett brought home a fourth place medal in the 132-pound division, Clay Porter took home a sixth place finish while 220-pounder Clayton Driskill also finished in sixth place.
"I felt like the team did a good job of competing all weekend," Harrell said. "We have to continue to work on being more aggressive with our offense and finishing our shots. The coaches are proud of all of our guys and we appreciate the support we get from the fans."
As a team, Sikeston finished seventh for the second-straight year. Although they landed in the same spot from a year ago, the Bulldogs scored nearly 30 more team points than the year before.
Northwest Ceder Hill won the top spot in the team scores with a finish of 358 points.
The Dexter Bearcats finished ninth with a total of 144.5 points.
1. Northwest Cedar Hill - 358
2. Jackson- 325.5
3. Rockwood Summitt - 205
4. Francis Howell North - 190.5
5. Christian County, KY - 178.5
6. Ste. Gen - 176
7. Sikeston - 148
8. Cape Central - 147
9. Dexter - 144.5
10. Rolla - 143
11. Notre Dame - 134.5
12. Desoto - 107
13. Union - 106
14. Mehlville - 105
15. University City - 71
106 - Garrick Madison 6th place
120 - Blake Angle 2nd place
132 - Jacob Stinnett 4th place
138 - Kenton Robinson 1st place
160 - Clay Porter 6th place
195 - Austin Henson 5th place
220 - Clayton Driskill 6th place