(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs wrestling team opened the second half of their season up in a big way on Tuesday, earning a rare win over Poplar Bluff 53-25.
"I thought we wrestled great," Sikeston coach Seth Harrell said. "I saw good things from everybody. It was really rewarding and nice to see all of the hard work that has paid off over Christmas break.
"We've had outstanding practices and our kids have worked extremely hard the last couple of weeks and it is nice to start off January and start the second half of our season with a victory."
Sikeston, wrestling at home for the first time this season, got off to a slow start, dropping three of their first four matches. However, Kenton Robinson started a string of five straight wins for the Bulldogs, winning by major decision over Kade Armor 19-3.
Clay Porter, Austin Henson, Clayton Driskill and Ben Walker all followed with pins to go along with Cody Middleton's pin at 132. Walker also picked up a win in an exhibition match.
Harrell was impressed with how his team wrestled at the heavier weights.
"Our bigger kids are doing an outstanding job," Harrell said. "We've seen a lot of progress out of those guys this year. Austin Henson, Clayton Driskill and Ben Walker continue to wrestle well.
"Ben Walker really started wrestling last week because of a knee injury. He placed third at the tournament last week and then obviously picked up two wins tonight. Of course in the middle of our lineup we are still wrestling consistently."
Sikeston will be back in action on Thursday when they host Anna-Jonesboro, Ill., at 6 p.m.
106 -- Matt King (PB) pin Garrick Madison (S), 3:51
113 -- Mason Betz (PB) forfeit
120 -- Aaron Vincent (PB) dec. Javeon Bonner (S), 12-1
126 -- Blake Angle (S) forfeit
132 -- Cody Middleton (S) pin Matt Davis (PB), 3:33
138 -- Kaleb Barton (PB) dec. Terrance Dorcey (S), 5-1
145 -- Kenton Robinson (S) maj. dec. Kade Armor (PB) 19-3
152 -- Taylor McElwain (S) forfeit
160 -- Clay Porter (S) pin Jeremiah Simpson (PB), 1:06
170 -- Christian Crumpecker (S) forfeit
182 -- Ethan Bent (PB) forfeit
195 -- Austin Henson (S) pin Alec Green (PB), 1:43
220 -- Clayton Driskill (S) pin Jacob Slinger (PB), 0:41
285 -- Ben Walker (S) pin Jimmi Parsons (PB), 3:58