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Jackson wrestling’s Tyler Beyatte brings home state silver medal

Jackson senior Tyler Beyatte, third from right, took second place in the 215-pound weight class at the Class 4 State Championship Tournament two weeks ago at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Submitted photo

For the first time in 10 seasons, Jackson had a wrestler reach the state championship finals two weeks ago on Feb. 25. This Indian was senior Tyler Beyatte, who advanced to the Class 4 215-Pound State Championship Match for the final bout of his high school career.

Beyatte accomplished this feat in only his second-ever trip to the state tournament as he failed to place in the top six of the 195-pound weight class last winter. However, the two-time Class 4 District 1 and SEMO Conference Champion wasn’t going to be denied this time around.

To secure a spot on the podium, Tyler (40-4) bested his quarterfinal opponent in Lee’s Summit North junior Hank Natali (40-12) in overtime and won 4-2.

Beyatte then earned his trip to the state title match by shutting out Joplin senior Draven VanGilder (29-10) with a 2-0 decision in the semifinals. This set up a meeting with Nixa junior Brennan Carey (46-6) in the state finals, who beat his semifinal opponent by only one point.

Ultimately, Beyatte ended up falling by four points in a 5-1 decision for Carey to take home the 215-pound state championship. Carey earned all-state by taking third place in the 195-pound weight class last season.

Despite not winning a state title, Beyatte still made Jackson wrestling history and will forever have his picture hung in the program’s practice room.

Also earning all-state for Jackson in the tournament was junior 113-pounder Landon Vassalli (37-6), and he took fifth place in his bracket to become a two-time all-state medalist.

The last wrestler for Jackson to reach the state finals before Tyler was Jarrett Reisenbichler, who was a four-time all-state medalist for the Indians. Reisenbichler took home second as well. The last Jackson wrestler to win state was Blake Pieffer back in 2009.

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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