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Area wrestling programs heading into postseason strong

Notre Dame senior Charlie West won the 215-pound division at the 24th Annual Central Rebels Invitational this weekend in Park Hills. Submitted photo

Prior to the upcoming district tournaments before state, Notre Dame and Jackson’s wrestling teams both competed in their last tournaments of the regular season.

The Bulldogs headed north for the 24th Annual Central Rebels Invitational, where senior Charlie West (33-2) won his second-straight tournament while wrestling in the second-heaviest class out of Missouri’s 14 divisions.

At 215 pounds, West made light work of all three of his opponents by recording pinfalls on each of them within the first two periods. This included the championship bout as Charlie pinned Ste. Genevieve senior Dalton McBride (32-10) in two minutes, 31 seconds.

That was the only match that went past the first period for West as he pinned Ste. Genevieve sophomore Jacob Warren (23-3) at the 1:45-mark in the semifinal. West’s first match went even quicker and didn’t last a minute as he pinned Park Hills Central freshman Keeghan Sherrill (11-16) in 34 seconds of the quarterfinal round.

In the 46th De Soto Bob Georger Classic the weekend before, West also collected another championship. He did so in dominant fashion once again, pinning all three of his opponents, which included a 41-second pin over then unbeaten St. Pius X (Festus) junior Justin Lehn (17-1).

Also placing in the top four with West at the Rebels invitational was Notre Dame sophomore Parker Lemmons (25-18), who finished second at 144 pounds. He was pinned by Dexter senior Ryan Young (17-13) in the second period of the championship match.

The Bulldogs also had 190-pound junior Cole Williams (13-6) place third, 126-pound freshman Luke Seabaugh (13-19) fourth and 150-pound freshman Mark Schultz (8-20) fourth at the invitational.

Overall as a team, Notre Dame took fifth place in the Central Rebels Invitational with 117.5 points. Ste. Genevieve won the invitational title with 276.5 points, while Parkway Central was second (166.5), Potosi third (137) and the Bulldogs Class 1 District 1 opponent New Madrid County Central fourth (126.5).

As for Jackson’s boys team, the Indians traveled to Imperial for the Cody Greene Memorial Tournament as they failed to come away with an individual champion while placing fifth overall as a team with 200.5 points.

St. Pius X (Kansas City) won the tournament championship with 401.5 total points, as Seckman placed second (261.5), Hannibal third (236.5) and De Soto fourth (217.5).

Despite not having an individual winner of any division, Jackson still had two wrestlers reach their respective championship matches. These Indians were sophomores 126-pounder Fisher Shirrell (37-5) and 215-pounder Brysen Wessell (36-5), who took second place at the Kyle Thrasher Tournament the weekend prior.

In his championship match, Wessell was pinned by tournament champion St. Pius X junior Rylan Kuhn (25-2) in two minutes. Leading up to that match, though, Brysen picked up a big win over Fox senior Tommy George (44-6) via a 8-2 decision in the semifinals.

For his quarterfinal matchup, Wessell pinned Lindbergh junior Braden Duke (16-19) at the 1:44-mark and pinned Chaminade sophomore Evan Boyette (2-20) in 41 seconds to start the tournament.

As for Shirrell, he was beaten by Hannibal sophomore Korbin Howe (31-8) for the 126-pound championship by technical fall at 15-0 in the first period.

Fisher reached the title match with a 9-2 decision over Seckman sophomore Elijah Woods (18-17), while he outlasted Festus sophomore Nehemiah Ford (16-10) for a 13-11 decision in the quarterfinals.

Also finishing in the top four for Jackson outside of Shirrell and Wessell were 132-pound sophomore Kade King (37-9) at third, 138-pound freshman Calib Schlick (30-15) third, 113-pound freshman Will Bortner (36-3) fourth, 120-pound sophomore Kadon Shaw (22-12) fourth, and 132-pound sophomore Sawyer Goodwin (39-4) fourth.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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