Posted: Friday, 04 January 2013 1:18AM

Neosho beats Ozark, Nixa in triangular

Nixa, Mo. (For  -- Nixa hosted Neosho and rival Ozark in a wrestling triangular match on Thursday night.  Neosho would defeat Nixa, 51-14, and defeat Ozark, 42-10.  Ozark would defeat Nixa, 42-33. 

Neosho coach Jeremy Phillips was not totally pleased with his team’s performance even with the two wins.

“I told my kids that we needed to set five targets tonight for every wrestler. After our dual with Ozark, half our team could say that they got better at something they had listed as a target,” said Phillips. “Against Nixa, I felt we refocused and wrestled better.  Even some of the matches we lost, I felt like we were addressing our targets better and working toward some improvements.”

Neosho is top-ranked in their class in both dual meets and tournaments and they came prepared to defeat two solid squads. 

“We have to be more consistent” said Phillips.  “We have a lot of work to do, but if the kids will buy in with their work in the practice room on a daily basis we will have a shot to do something special at the end of the year.  Until we do that, then we’re just going to be average.”

Ozark coach Jesse Zeugin said “Neosho is a tough, tough club.” 

“Coach Phillips has that team turned into a well-oiled machine,” he said. “They believe in themselves and they believe in their coaching and it shows. That’s why they are ranked number one and always doing so well all year.”  

Ozark wrestled Neosho tough in several of their matches, but as the young Ozark wrestlers struggled, many of their older guys stepped up. 

When Nixa wrestled Neosho, the younger wrestlers got off to a good start and coach Dustin Martin was pleased with their effort. 

“They (Neosho) are a tough team, number one dual and tournament team in the state. There were some individual matches I feel like we wrestled really well,” said Martin.  “Overall, I feel fairly decent with the matchups.”

Anytime Ozark and Nixa meet, no matter the sport, it is very competitive.  The emotions ran high and the score was close throughout the entire dual. 

“Nixa is a big win for us” said Zeugin.  “Coach Martin does a great job with his team.  They had three opens but we had two, and we won more matches than we lost.  That’s what it takes, and getting bonus points, putting people on their back.  That was really key for us, to get some pins where we needed to get pins.”

Coach Martin’s Eagles left some points on the mats.  When they had opportunities to gain points, they did not take advantage. 

“We had some kids that needed to step up and they did not do it,” said Martin.  “They are very capable of doing it, but getting results is difficult. We knew coming in that it was going to come down to a handful of points.  We left some points out there on the mat.”

The match of the night was when Nixa’s Joey Broadbent had Ozark’s Josh Cheek on his back and Cheek managed to get a reversal and then get the surprising pin.  Cheek’s win gave Ozark six points when it looked as if Nixa had the three points in the bag. 

 “We had some kids that had an opportunity to get points in matches and they chose not to,” Martin said. “It’s disappointing as a coach.”
Weight Nixa Ozark Decision
106 open Gavin DeWitt De Witt wins by Forfeit 6-0
113 Lee Reppond Levi Castleberry Castleberry wins 6-3
120 Naseeph Al-Roubaie Tucker Jennings Al-Roubaie pins Jennings 2:36
126 Joe Velliquette Michael Graves Velliquette pins Graves 1:51
132 Aidan Childs Nick Plyter Plyter wins decision 6-0
138 Christian Lane Clint Godfrey Godfrey win decision 3-0
145 Cameron White Grayson Falkner White wins decision 6-0
152 Destin Prather Wyatt Porter Prather pins Porter 1:25
160 Joey Broadbent Josh Cheek Cheek pins Broadbent 3:45
170 open Altizer Altizer wins by forfeit 6-0
182 Austin Heatherly John Oss Oss pins Heatherly :15
195 open Cody Lindsey Lindsey wins by forfeit 6-0
220 Ben Melton open Melton wins by Forfeit
285 Xyah Ra open Ra wins by forfeit 6-0
Weight Neosho Ozark Decision
106 John Williams Gavin DeWitt Williams beats DeWitt 5-4
113 Klyer Rea Levi Castleberry Rea beats Castleberry 8-2
120 Brayden Brookman Tucker Jennings Brookman pins Jennings 5:51
126 River Buttram Michael Graves Graves pins Buttram 4:09
132 Dakota McGarrah Nick Plyter Plyter beats McGarrah 13-10
138 Isaac Townsend Clint Godfrey Godfrey beats Townsend 6-4 OT
145 Jason Box Grayson Falkner Box pins Falkner 3:58
152 Chance Branstetter Wyatt Porter Branstetter beats Porter 4-1
160 Garrick Fausett Josh Cheek Fausett pins Cheek 3:39
170 Austin Hailey John Oss Oss beats Hailey 15-4
182 Jacob Brock Jason Canizalez Brock pins Canizalez :59
195 Ben Elledge Cody Lindsey Lindsey pins Elledge 2:51
220 Christian Lopez open Lopez wins by forfeit 6-0
285 Aaron Clardy open Clardy win by forfeit 6-0
Weight Neosho Nixa Decision
106 John Williams open Williams wins by forfeit 6-0
113 Kyler Rea Lane Reppond Rea pins Reppond 1:26
120 Brayden Brookman Naseeph Al-Roubaie Al-Roubaie wins by technical pin 18-3
126 River Buttram Joe Velliquette Velliquette beats Buttram 3-0
132 Dakota McGarrah Aidan Childs McGarrah pins Childs 4:55
138 Isaac Townsend Christian Lane Lane beats Townsend 5-2
145 Jason Box Cameron White White beats Box 6-4
152 Chance Branstetter Destin Prather Branstetter beats Prather 4-2 OT
160 Garrick Fausett Joey Broadbent Fausett pins Broadbent 1:34
170 Austin Hailey open Hailey wins by forfeit
182 Jacob Brock Austin Heatherly Brock pins Heatherly 5:25
195 Ben Elledge open Elledge wins by forfeit 6-0
220 Christian Lopez Ben Melton Lopez beats Melton 4-2
285 Aaron Clardy Xyah Ra Clardy beats Ra 8-4

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Topics : NeoshoNixaOzark
People : Dustin MartinJeremy PhillipsJesse ZeuginJoey BroadbentJosh Cheek
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