DE SOTO -- The Sikeston Bulldogs wrestling team finished second in the De Soto Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
Sikeston came up short in their quest for the title in the 12-team tournament to Hillsboro.
"This was our last regular season tournament, it was great that we were able to compete for the team title," said Sikeston coach Seth Harrell. "I think its a great achievement for our kids to go to a tournament and come home with a trophy. Hillsboro is a state-ranked team, and we were on their heels all weekend."
Blake Angle won the 120-pound division and Nick Nichols claimed top honors in the 182-pound division.
"Blake won this tournament for the second straight year," Harrell said. "He also won his 150th match. As far as I know, that is the most wins in school history.
"Nick Nichols had a great weekend. He avenged two losses against state-ranked opponents. This is his first year, and there is a lot to learn. He is starting to figure things out and continues to get better."
Besides downing an opponent from Hillsboro he had lost to twice already this season, Nichols also defeated Notre Dame's Trevor Foltz, who has only lost one match and is ranked 4th in state in the championship match.
Garrick Madison (106), Cody Middleton (126) and Clay Porter (160) all took second place in the tournament.
"Cody Middleton and Clay Porter also had good tournaments," Harrell said. "They lost to some tough kids in their championship matches. Clay defeated two kids that have beaten him earlier this year. He is wrestling well right now. Cody set the school record by pinning three of his opponents. He has 25 pins on the season. The previous school record was 24."
Jacob Stinnett (132), Clayton Driskill (220) and Ben Walker (285) all finished third.
"Clayton Driskill had a good finish to the tournament," Harrell said. "He beat a district opponent which has beaten him twice and he also avenged a loss from earlier in the tournament to finish third.
"With this being our last tournament before districts, it was good that we were able to compete at a high level," Harrell said. "I think this will give us momentum going into the district tournament. We expect to be wresting our best at this point in the year and I think that we are very close to doing that. There is some minor things that we need to correct and once that happens we will be ready to go."
Sikeston is back in action tonight when they host NMCC and Dexter for senior night with the matches starting at 5 p.m.
1. Hillsboro - 317
2. Sikeston - 226.50
3. North County - 171.50
4. Windsor - 136
5. Notre Dame - 129.5
6. Herculaneum - 128
7. DeSoto - 127
8. St. Clair - 126.50
9. DeSmet - 100
10. Principia - 94
11. Park Hill Central - 90.50
12. Hancock - 33
106 - Garrick Madison - 2nd place
120 - Blake Angle - Champion
126 - Cody Middleton - 2nd place
132 - Jacob Stinnett - 3rd place
160 - Clay Porter - 2nd place
182 - Nick Nichols - Champion
220 - Clayton Driskill - 3rd place
285 - Ben Walker - 3rd place