No. 2 Hornets rebound, smother Hickman

Stephanie Backus/FULTON SUN photo: Fulton senior Josh Curtis controls Hickman’s Seth Beasley in their match at 140 pounds Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Curtis eventually pinned Beasley in 2:39, helping power the Hornets to a 47-18 dual victory over the Kewpies.

Stephanie Backus/FULTON SUN photo: Fulton senior Josh Curtis controls Hickman’s Seth Beasley in their match at 140 pounds Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Curtis eventually pinned Beasley in 2:39, helping power the Hornets to a 47-18 dual victory over the Kewpies.

The state-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team was resolute in regrouping after its first dual loss of the season.

Fulton — bouncing back from a 45-32 setback at Centralia on Jan. 13 — regained its footing Tuesday night with an impressive 47-18 dual victory over Class 4 Columbia Hickman at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

The Hornets, ranked No. 2 in Class 2 by MissouriWrestling.com, raised their dual record to 7-1.

“We showed some resiliency,” Fulton head coach Eric Hudson said of Tuesday night’s win. “We hung in some matches where we could have given up a reversal or takedown. The kids stayed in there and fought; I was glad to see that.”

Here are Tuesday night’s results, by weight class:

•103 pounds: freshman Jared Kaiser (F) pinned Cooper Lee (H) in 1:02; 112: freshman Kory Masek (F) won by forfeit; 119: Mitchell Weable (H) won by forfeit; 125: sophomore Cody Pae (F) won by 6-4 decision over Alex Shea (H); 130: junior Zack McClure (F) won by 4-0 decision over Michael Logan (H);

•135: sophomore Kelcey Nunley (F) won by 6-4 overtime decision over Ibriam Mushtalov (H); 140: senior Josh Curtis (F) pinned Seth Beasley (H) in 2:39; 145: sophomore Drew Benner (F) won by 18-3 technical fall over Nate Rojas (H); 152: freshman John Kingsley (F) won by 6-4 decision over Keith Kimbrough (H); 160: Will Starks (H) won by forfeit;

•171: senior Ryan Fritz (F) pinned Austin Webb (H) in 1:07; 189: senior Sean Luetkemeyer (F) won by 3-2 decision over Will Owens; 215: J’den Cox (H) pinned freshman Paul Books (F) in 3:20; 285: sophomore Mack Kelley (F) won by 6-0 decision over Mikell Bass (H).

Here are results from five junior varsity matches, by weight class:

•119: sophomore Phillip Barkho (F) won by 10-4 decision over Travis Hilldebrand (H); 130: Clint Young (H) won by 16-0 technical fall over junior Mariah Gary (F); 135: freshman Tristan Gary (F) pinned John Vo (H) in 1:07;

•140: Alize Schaffer (H) won by 9-6 decision over sophomore Brian Dennison (F); 171: Devon Brinkerhoff (H) pinned senior Zack Oliver (F) in :44.

Fulton will host its annual Jim Wallace Classic at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The tournament field includes Priory, Clayton, Brentwood, Union, Lutheran St. Peters, Moberly, Marshall, Boonville, School of the Osage, Winfield and Missouri Military Academy.

N. Callaway basketball (VB)...75

Hallsville..................................60

KINGDOM CITY — Four players reached double figures Tuesday night as the Thunderbirds claimed their first Mid-Missouri Conference win of the season.

North Callaway took charge in the first half, breezing into halftime with a 43-24 lead. The Thunderbirds were up 59-39 to start the fourth quarter.

Senior forward Jacob Stafford tallied a game-high 20 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to direct North Callaway (4-9, 1-1 MMC). Senior forward Andrew Attebery also supplied 18 points, sophomore forward Zack Eads contributed 14 and junior guard Zack Lavy scored 13 and handed out a career-high 11 assists.

“We played well on both ends of the court,” Thunderbirds head coach Tim Turlington said. “Offensively, we scored every way that we possibly can — off turnovers or by running our plays.”

Brendan Beatty led Hallsville (2-10, 0-2) with 13 points and Jacob Wooten had 12.

North Callaway erased a 24-16 halftime deficit to prevail in the junior varsity game 42-39. Sophomore guard Jacob Haubner topped the Thunderbirds (2-4) with 15 points and sophomore guard Justin Murphy chipped in with 10.

North Callaway remains at home for a matchup against Missouri Military Academy at 6 p.m. Thursday.

S. Callaway basketball (VB)...47

Russellville.............................23

MOKANE — The No. 5 seed Bulldogs took fifth place in their own South Callaway Tournament by outscoring the No. 7 Indians 30-7 in the second half Saturday night.

South Callaway reached the consolation game after toppling No. 8 Montgomery County 57-35 last Friday night. The Bulldogs opened tournament play with a 42-39 loss to No. 4 New Bloomfield on Thursday night.

South Callaway went into halftime with a narrow 17-16 lead on Saturday, but began to take command by outscoring Russellville 17-7 in the third quarter to extend its advantage to 34-23. The Bulldogs then turned the game into a runaway by shutting out the Indians 13-0 in the fourth quarter.

“One of the best aspects to this game was our ability, after playing eleven quarters in 48 hours, that our twelfth quarter we were able to hold Russellville scoreless,” South Callaway head coach Tony Brandt said. “It really shows the commitment our players have to playing defense now, and the conditioning they have to be able to finish out our final game the way we did.”

Senior guard Will Brandt — who was named to the all-tournament team — topped the Bulldogs with a game-high 21 points. Senior guard Bryan Lechner added 13 points.

“It was great to see our kids come out with the energy and effort they did after playing on back-to-back days,” Tony Brandt said. “We were able to knock down a few threes, which helped against their packed-in zone (defense).”

South Callaway hosted Southern Boone in a Mid-Missouri Conference clash Tuesday night. Results were not available at press time.

WWU’s Baker, Anderson

sweep AMC player honors

William Woods University’s Rachel Baker and Dan Anderson on Tuesday were named the American Midwest Conference’s women’s and men’s basketball players of the week, respectively, for Jan. 10-16.

Baker — a 6-foot senior forward from Mexico, Mo. — turned in a pair of standout efforts in the No. 14 Lady Owls’ wins last week over Hannibal-LaGrange University and Williams Baptist (Ark.) College.

She averaged 21.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two AMC games. Baker shot a sizzling 64 percent (16-of-25) from the field, including 50 percent (3-of-6) from 3-point range, and made 8-of-10 free throws (80 percent).

She also supplied nine assists, five blocks and four steals in the two victories. Baker scored 20 points in William Woods’ 73-61 home win over Hannibal-LaGrange on Jan. 13, and had 23 in the Lady Owls’ 78-56 romp at Williams Baptist last Saturday.

Baker leads William Woods (17-1, 4-0 AMC) — winners of five straight — in both scoring (13.9 points per game) and rebounding (6.3 pg).

Anderson, a 6-3 guard from Jefferson City, responded with a record-setting performance last week while helping direct the Owls to their first two conference victories of the season.

He averaged 20.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 67 percent (14-of-21) from the field, including 50 percent (4-of-8) from behind the arc. Anderson also hit 9-of-11 free throws (82 percent).

In William Woods’ 88-76 home victory over Hannibal-LaGrange on Jan. 13, he was perfect from the field in breaking out for a school-record 32 points. Anderson made all 10 shots he attempted — including four 3-pointers — and was 8-of-9 from the line. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

Anderson is second on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game. The Owls, who have won six of their last eight, are 8-11 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

William Woods will host an AMC doubleheader against Park University on Thursday at Anderson Arena. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30.

FMS basketball (8th/G).......30

West Junior.........................16

CENTRALIA — The Lady Hornets bolted to an 18-4 halftime lead and cruised to a convincing first-round victory at the Centralia Tournament on Tuesday night.

Deaudrena Vaughn scored three points and collected a team-high eight rebounds for Fulton Middle School (9-3). Trezamae Wagaman also pulled down four rebounds.

“Our defense really stepped up; we didn’t allow a lot of second-chance shots,” Lady Hornets coach TJ Quick said. “Offensively, we were able to run our plays and get the shots we wanted, and we didn’t have to rush.”

FMS continues pool play against host Centralia at 7:30 tonight. A victory would send the Lady Hornets on to Friday night’s championship.

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