Hornets sending nine wrestlers to seek Class 2 honors

State championships start Thursday in Columbia

The Fulton Hornets have the pieces in place to be a legitimate part of the conversation again of prospective contenders for a Class 2 state wrestling team title.

With senior Paul Books and sophomores Josh McClure and Zach Benner locking up individual titles at the District 2 championships late Saturday afternoon in Mexico, Fulton qualified nine wrestlers for the state championships later this week in Columbia.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to state.

Books - who won a state title at 195 pounds in 2013 but has been limited by lingering injuries this season - claimed his district championship at 220 pounds. Meanwhile, McClure - who took second at 106 pounds in Class 2 last year - maintained his unbeaten status Saturday with his district championship at 113.

Benner, who has lost only twice this season, secured a district title at 182 pounds.

Sophomore Trenton Clines also advanced to state with a second-place finish at 138 pounds. Four other Hornets moved on with third-place outcomes in their respective weight classes - freshmen Devan Hudson and Brandon Dews at 106 and 126 pounds, respectively, senior John Kingsley at 195 and sophomore Clayton Bristol at 285.

Sophomore Andy Baysinger rounded out Fulton’s state qualifiers by taking fourth place at 152 pounds.

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