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Bulldog grapplers claim COC title

Jan. 29—WILLARD, Mo. — The Carl Junction boys wrestling team dominated the lighter weights and finished with four individual conference champions on their way to claiming the Central Ozark Conference championship in a closely contested meet Saturday at Willard High School.

Carl Junction finished on top with 164 points in a contest that saw the first four teams within reach of each other. Nixa was second with 160 points, Neosho was third with 159, and Willard was fourth with 157 points.

Carl Junction's Carter Fogelsong improved his record to 38-1 with a pin of Neosho's Anthony Stotts (33-9) midway through the second period of their 113-pound championship match.

Sam Melton (23-3) keep things rolling for the Bulldogs with a pin of Ozark's Logan Luder (29-12) at 120 pounds.

CJ claimed its third title when 126-pounder Max Matthews (25-12) held on for a 7-6 decision against Willard's Ethan Craft (22-16).

The Bulldogs fourth individual championship came via a 3-2 Tony Stewart (40-3) decision over Willard's Jase Motlagh at 175 pounds.

Other Carl Junction finishers included Marcus Lopez-Durman (29-6), who was runner-up at 165 pounds after a late pin by Nixa's Curtis Glossip (26-6.)

Dexter Merrell (31-18) posted a third-place finish for the Bulldogs with a pin of Republic's Manning Wilkins (28-8) at 157 pounds.

Aaron Dillingham (29-15) was fourth at 150 pounds for CJ after dropping a 5-3 decision to Nixa's Kaden Young (24-12) in their third-place match.

John Cassatt (24-14) also finished fourth for Carl Junction after getting pinned by Republic's Maddox Wilkins (39-4) in the third-place match at 190 pounds.

Neosho

Neosho's Carter Howard (34-4) claimed the Wildcats' lone individual title en route to the team's third-place finish with a 5-2 decision over Nixa's Reed Wilson (24-10) at 144 pounds.

In his 150-pound match, Lincoln Howard (21-16) finished in second place after falling to Willard's Noah Rogers 8-1 (31-9) in their championship match.

Fisher Butler (27-12) was third for the Wildcats at 132 pounds after an 8-0 major decision over Carthage's Grady Huntley (22-12) in their 132-pound match.

Chase Kivett (32-9) also posted a third place for Neosho after defeating Republic's Izaiah Hull (13-5) via forfeit at 165 pounds.

Kaymone Rhone (29-16) finished fourth for the Wildcats after dropping his third-place match (4-2) to Republic's Chase Hicks (36-8) at 175 pounds.

Neosho's Ryan Counts (19-20) fell by pin at the hands of Joplin's Johnny Williams (25-7) at 215 pounds in their third-place match.

Carthage

Carthage claimed an individual title when 138-pounder Bradyn Tate (43-2) outlasted Nixa's Aiden Ward (23-10) 5-3 in their championship match.

Carthage Tiger Tanner Putt (33-5) finished second at 106 pounds after falling 7-5 in a sudden victory match against Branson's Ryzen Isringhausen (37-1).

Carthage's David Recinos (30-8) was runner-up to Willard's Porter Talbot (31-4) in their 215-pound match.

At 120 pounds, Tiger Wyatt Hole (21-20) was fourth after losing his third-place match by pin to Republic's Ryland Rogers (24-6).

At 285 pounds, Carthage's Jaxton Lopez (12-13) was fourth after falling via pin to Nixa's Josiah Farris (21-13).

The Tigers finished seventh in the 10-team field with 121.5 points.

Joplin

Josiah Hazelwood (23-9) was Joplin's top finisher as a runner-up after falling to the defending COC champion, Willard's Brady Griffin (34-3), in their heavyweight match.

Lucas Allen (16-9) finished fourth after dropping his third-place match to Republic's Corbin Massey (33-9) at 106 pounds.

The Eagles finished ninth with 58 points. Webb City was 10th with 39 points.