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Semple was one of six Waynesville wrestlers to defend their conference title for the Tigers, ranked No. 5 in Missouri Class 4. Semple, who entered the conference meet boasting a 36-2 record, pinned Rolla's Thomas Ceja in 38 seconds in the semifinals then pinned Joplin's Phillip Reitz in the finals.
"(Semple) is a great kid and really physical and athletic," said Waynesville head coach Jeff Davis. "He can do a backflip and walk on his hands. He was very competitive on the national team and he isn’t very much fun to wrestle in the room at home I can promise you that."
The Tigers held off Lebanon, a team that recently won its 20th dual match, by recoding 231 points to the Yellow Jackets' 191 team points.
Semple was one of six Waynesville champions, joining sophomore Charles McNeal (106-pounds), junior Isaiah Johnson (113), senior Andrew Wallace (120), senior Lemuel Johnson (126) and senior Todd Magoon (138).
"We were real pleased," said Davis. "It was the fifth time in a row we have won this (the Ozark Conference meet). I am excited for our kids and our program and it’s just been a really good day."
A three-time state qualifier, Magoon backed up his No . 6 state ranking at 138-pounds. Magoon defeated Rolla's Dylan Gehlert in the first round, Kickapoo's Eric Green in the semifinals and Lebanon's Tyler Bates in the finals and improved to 34-9 this season.
Waynesville senior Lemuel Johnson, ranked second in Class 4 at 126-pounds defeated Camdenton's Anthony Franicevich, who was awarded the top seeded and entered the meet ranked third in Class 3. Johnson improves to 37-3 with the win.
Wallace, who placed third in the state in 2012 and second in 2011, defeated Rolla's Sam Leach in the finals and improved to 38-6 this season.
Junior Isaiah Johnson, ranked fifth in Class 4 at 113-pounds defeated Lebanon's Dylan Burns in the finals and improved to 33-9 this season.
Sophomore Charles McNeal, who won the conference title last season at 113-pounds, defeated Camdenton's Dillon Briscoe in the finals to capture the 106-pound title.
Kickapoo finished fourth with 102.5 points. The Chiefs were led by senior Micah Foote, the state's No. 2 ranked wrestler at 220-pounds in Missouri Class 4. Foote defeated James Constable, of Parkview, in the first round, Waynesville's Peter Gray in the semifinals and Lebanon senior Shawn Dalangin in the championship match.
Foote, who placed fifth at the state tournament last year, improved to 37-3 this season with the three wins.
"Foote our captain we are looking for good things going forward into next week," said Kickapoo head coach Billy Buckley. "He hasn’t dominated all his matches, but he is a tough kid to score on which makes it hard for tournaments and really good at throws and that puts him in a good position to win matches."
Also recording tournament championships from Kickapoo were Tony Grant and Dennon Porter.
"(Porter) is a pretty talented freshman," said Buckley. "(Porter) He has a lot of accolades in the youth world and trying to equate it to high school and has had a good tournament and season. Tony Grant hasn’t had a real tough tournament, but he has had a good season for us."
Ranked No. 6 in Class 4 at 195-pounds, Grant needed just one match to capture a title as he defeated Waynesville junior Corey Duncan. Just a sophomore, Grant is now 34-5 this season.
Porter was one of two freshmen to win a conference title — Lebanon's Adrian Palmer being the other — as he captured the 145-pound weight class.
Porter opened the tournament with a win over Camdenton sophomore River Darby, the son of Lakers' head coach Patrick Darby.
"At the beginning of the day I had a tough match," said Porter. "I was a little nervous because it was the head coach’s son. I went into that match with a positive attitude and pinned him in the first round with the hammerlock and pinned the needle."
Porter defeated Waynesville freshman Jaycie Rudd in the finals and improved to 31-5 with the win.
"My finals match I thought was going to be a little easier," said Porter. "I got throw to the hardwood and I’m just coming off a knee injury so I hurt myself a little bit. I wrestled him the week before at Blue Springs and won but I just kind of hurt myself today."
Lebanon senior Matt Lazo and Hillcrest senior Michael Boyce each pulled off the tournament's biggest upsets, winning their respective weight classes despite being awarded a No. 3 seed. Lazo pinned Joplin's James Tupper in the opening round at 132-pounds, then pinned second-seeded Tyler Lambeth, of Rolla, in the second round. Lazo defeated Kris Paschel, of Camdenton, in the championship, who had upset top-seeded Justin Clarke, of Waynesville, in the semifinals.
Boyce, who was awarded a No. 3 seed at 170-pounds despite entering the tournament with 31 wins, knocked off Camdenton freshman Keegan Ray in the semifinals, then defeated top-seeded Nick Brown, of Lebanon, in the finals.
"I was sick right before this," said Boyce. "I have a great coach (Lee Von Allmen) that keeps us warmed up and ready to go. Ray from Camdenton is aggressive and hard to get. And, Brown from Lebanon is such a strong strong guy with raw power and amazing technique I just don’t know how else to explain it."
It was one of two championship won by the Hornets as Jesse Kerr defended his top seed by defeating Waynesville's Todd Angel in the championship match. Kerr (31-13) needed just one match to capture the title at 160 pounds.
"It was a hard day," said Kerr. "They all worked hard. This is my last year and I have always been a smaller and weaker guy and it feels like an achievement to get to this point and I hope I can carry it on to districts."
Lebanon freshman Adrian Palmer entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed at 152-pounds and needed just one match to capture the conference title as he defeated Waynesville freshman David Hawk in the finals. Palmer improved to 28-11 with the win.
Lebanon senior Austin Beushausen defended his No. 1 seed at 182-pounds. He defeated Camdenton's Travis Jordan in the opening round, Parkview's Joseph Woodiel in the semifinals and Hillcrest's Steven Douglas in the finals.
Beushausen is now 36-7 this season.
The host Camdenton Lakers finished third with 104 points despite not having an individual champion. Three Camdenton wrestlers advanced to the finals in their respective weight classes.
OZARK CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
on Saturday, at Camdenton High School
1. Waynesville 231 2. Lebanon 191 3. Camdenton 104 4. Kickapoo 102.5 5. Hillcrest 90 6. Rolla 73 7. Joplin 51 8. Glendale 38 9. Parkview 2
285 — Jacob Semple, Waynesville 220 — Michah Foote, Kickapoo 195 — Tony Grant, Kickapoo 182 — Austin Beushausen, Lebanon 170 — Michael Boyce, Hillcrest 160 — Jesse Kerr, Hillcrest 152 — Adrian Palmer, Lebanon 145 — Dennen Porter, Kickapoo 138 — Todd Magoon, Waynesville 132 — Matt Lazo, Lebanon 126 — Lemuel Johnson, Waynesville 120 — Andrew Wallace, Waynesville 113 – Isaiah Johnson, Waynesville 106 — Charles McNeal, Waynesville