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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • LSE wrestlers closeout regular season with another dominating performance

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  • The LSE Hawks wrestling team had another dominating performance over the weekend while competing against a field of six teams in the Mexico Tournament.
    With 15 out of 16 wrestlers placing in the tournament, LSE wrestling coach Jeff Francis said the Hawks also had seven champions, two runner ups, five third place finishers and one fourth place finisher.
    Francis said for a total, the Hawks won 41 matches and lost only 19.
    Other teams competing in the tournament along with Boonville were: Mexico, Troy, Marceline, Marshall and Hannibal.
    "Comparing the wins/losses and the number of medalists I would say we had an outstanding performance," Francis said. "By far Boonville had the most medals and and most champions. We did so good that coaches from other schools invited us to come their tournaments near St. Louis. From a coaches stand point you know the team did well when other coaches invite you to their tournament the following year. Right now our schedule is pretty brutal facing off the former MRVC and the NCMC. These conferences do make you very competitive. Overall, I am very pleased with the way these young men wrestled this year. They were very physical and dominating throughout the whole year. I think the 8th graders will be ready to take the next step further when they get to the high school level. However, if they want to keep getting better they are going to have to spend some time in the off season."
    Capturing first-place finishes for the Hawks were Klayton Anderson at 99, Gabe Kaiser at 124, Wyatt Grizzle at 132, Joel Concannon at 135, Lucas Gerke at 150, Gabe Rumbaoa at 160. Christian Kosnopfal at 161.
    Anderson, Gerke, Kaiser and Kosnopfal all won four matches while Concannon, Grizzle and Rumbaoa each had three wins.
    Thomas Grathwohl finished second with three wins in the 74-pound weight class while Landon Bail recorded a second-place finish with three wins at 212.
    Finishing third for the Hawks were Michael Flint with two wins in the 101-pound weight class, Blake Barnes with two wins in the 110-pound weight class, Remmington Hammers with one win at 127, Keandre Anderson with two wins at 156 and Alan Swires with two wins at 211.
    Chad Northern recorded the only fourth place finish with one win at 128.

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