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Hornets send five wrestlers, T-Birds three to state

Hornets send five wrestlers, T-Birds three to state

Class 1-2 championships start Thursday at Mizzou Arena

February 13th, 2018 by Ryan Boland in Sports Prep

The Fulton Hornets' and North Callaway Thunderbirds' collective figure fell on eight.

Fulton qualified five wrestlers for the Class 2 state championships starting Thursday morning at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, while North Callaway will be sending three in Class 1.

Advancing for the Hornets at the Class 2, District 2 championships Saturday in Mexico were freshman Sam Hrabovsky (113 pounds), sophomore Jackson Caswell (106), and seniors Tucker Caswell (138), Jacob Kern (132) and Colton Bristol (182). Hrabovsky and Jackson Caswell both secured district titles, while Tucker Caswell, Kern and Bristol each posted second-place finishes.

Fulton finished fourth as a team with 121 points.

"I am really pleased how the guys wrestled this weekend," Hornets head coach Ryan Morts said. "Jackson and Sam had a great tournament — they both dominated their finals matches. Jacob, Tucker and Colton all had a great tournament as well.

"They met up with some conference foes and were unable to beat them."

Moving on to state for the Thunderbirds at the Class 1, District 2 championships Saturday in Versailles were sophomore Jadon Henry (132 pounds), senior Chad Maupin (160) and junior Jordan Delashmutt (220). Henry captured North Callaway's first-ever district title, while Maupin and Delashmutt both took third.

North Callaway placed ninth as a team with 73 points.

"I thought all three of them wrestled really well," Thunderbirds head coach Ross Rosenbaum said. "They are peaking at the right time of the season.

"I couldn't have three better guys representing North Callaway wrestling (next) weekend."

Hrabovsky — staying unbeaten at 38-0 — triumphed at 113 pounds with a thorough 9-0 major decision over Christian's Jonathan Cochrum in the title match. Hrabovsky reached the championship by pinning Kirksville's Luther Evans in 1 minute, 43 seconds in the semifinals.

Jackson Caswell (42-4) prevailed at 106 pounds with a pin of Moberly's Deshaun Smith in 4:37 in the championship. Caswell also pinned Mexico's Carter Maxwell in 1:20 in the semifinals.

Tucker Caswell (42-5) dropped a narrow 7-5 decision to Mexico's Dillon Nichols in the title match at 138 pounds. Caswell tallied a 7-2 decision over Moberly's Tristan Morris in the semifinals.

Kern (33-9) battled Mexico's Dylan Patton before bowing in a 3-0 decision for the championship at 132 pounds. Kern pinned Miller Career Academy's De'on Partlow in 4:00 in the semifinals.

Bristol (32-11) fell in a 10-4 decision to Moberly's Kyler Guthrie in the title match at 182 pounds. Bristol won by pin over St. Charles West's Tristan Hachtel in 3:07 in the semifinals.

Henry (46-2) locked up the championship at 132 pounds with a thrilling 3-2 decision over Buffalo's Ethan Smith. Henry also avenged a loss earlier this season to Smith, who was a state champion at 113 pounds last year.

Henry logged an 11-6 decision over Seneca's Max Roark in the semifinals Saturday. Roark was a state champion at 106 pounds in 2016.

Maupin (25-7) — who underwent surgery a couple of weeks ago to remove torn meniscus in his knee — edged Seneca's Cole Hatfield in a 4-3 decision in the third-place match at 160 pounds. Maupin pinned Knob Noster's Cody Clifton in 4:38 in the consolation semifinals.

Delashmutt (26-8) pinned Diamond's Jacob McGoough in 2:55 for third place at 220 pounds. Delashmutt also pinned El Dorado Springs' Dylan Gallette in 1:20 in the consolation semifinals.

First-round matches in both Class 1-2 start at 10 a.m. Thursday and will immediately be followed by first-round wrestlebacks.

Ryan Boland can be reached at (573) 826-2422, or on Twitter @FultonSunSports.