MEXICO — The Fulton Hornets qualified 12 of their 13 wrestlers, featuring three individual champions, for sectional competition during the Class 2, District 4 championships Saturday.
The top four finishers in each weight class move on to the Class 2, Sectional 2 championships Saturday, Feb. 27, at Helias in Jefferson City.
Securing individual titles for Fulton on Saturday were senior Sam Hrabovsky, junior Owen Uhls and senior Eston Dews at 132, 138 and 145 pounds, respectively. The Hornets finished third as a team with 148.5 points.
Posting second-place finishes for Fulton were junior Josh Dunmire (220) and freshman Kaden Barnes (126).
Third-place finishers for the Hornets included senior David Gibson (182), junior Sheldyn Johnson (285), sophomore JaDontae Ray (24-14) and freshmen Jayden Ayers (170), Elijah Brocksmith (160) and Devon Merrit (113).
Sophomore Nick Ash took fourth at 152.
Hrabovsky (23-0) prevailed in a 7-3 decision over Helias's Jacob Schrimpf in the championship at 132. Uhls (37-0) pinned Southern Boone's Hunter Jennings in 3 minutes, 3 seconds in the title match at 138.
Dews (14-8) also triumphed by pinning Helias's Wyatt Forck in 2:20 in the championship at 145.
Dunmire (30-4) was pinned by Mexico's Deacon Haag in 5:53 in the title match at 220. Barnes (25-7) bowed by pin to Mexico's Keith Ransom in 1:02 in the championship at 126.
Gibson (17-12) pinned Helias's Blake Luebbering in 2:42 for third place at 182, while Johnson (14-10) scored a 5-2 decision over Wright City's Riley Shive in the third-place match at 285. Ray (24-14) won by a 7-2 decision over Mexico's Caleb Prater for third place at 195.
Ayers (28-7) logged a 3-1 decision over Helias's Lincoln Mertens in the third-place match at 170, while Brocksmith (18-15) won by medical forfeit over Winfield's Brandon Martinek for third place at 160. Merrit (5-12) advanced with a bye in the third-place match at 113.
Ash (28-16) was pinned by Helias's Nikolai Careaga in 2:59 for third place at 152.
Helias locked up the District 4 team title with 176 points, holding off second-place Blair Oaks with 171.