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Ozark’s John Oss pulled off his third consecutive pin of the day to claim the 170-pound title and also lock up his 150th career win, which was a milestone that had been weighing on his mind all season.
"That was really a bigger goal this year was reaching that early and then focusing more on state and just keep the wins going," Oss said.
Oss was dominant on Friday as he reached the final with pins of 14 and 17 seconds in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
In the final he was facing another undefeated wrestler in Willard freshman Hunter Yeargan. At the end it was Oss’ experience that shined through.
"Just being there before and knowing you just have to wrestle the same and not get caught up in what the match is and just wrestle like you always do," Oss said.
Yeargan lasted through the first period, but Oss was confident going into the second frame.
"He chose neutral and I knew I could take him down again, so after he started getting a little tired I knew I would work it (a pin) eventually," Oss said.
Oss finished the match off with a pin at the 2:40 mark of the match.
Two matches later, teammate Cody Lindsay used the same technique to pick up a pin of Blue Springs South’s Chris Boyles.
"He was really strong. I knew he was going to be strong coming in. I just did my thing and rode him a lot and wore him down," Lindsay said. "I got him wore down and finally finished it off with a pin."
Lindsay scored the pin at the 3:52 mark of the match to finish off his Kinloch Tournament for the final time.
"It is kind of emotional. This is the last time I will ever be in this tournament, but I am glad we came out the way we did," Lindsay said.
Ozark finished third as a team.
Sandwiched in between Oss and Lindsay was Bolivar’s Haryl Starkey at 182 pounds and his 50-second pin of CBC’s Jordan Davis.
Carthage’s Seth Logan was the architect of one of the most exciting matches from the finals as he took on Nixa’s Joe Velliquette, who was ranked No. 1 in his weight class in Class 4 coming in and is also the defending 106-pound champion from last year.
There was little to no pressure on Logan coming into the match.
"I lost to him in a dual 3-0 and I knew he was really good, so I figured if I lose nobody cares because it is expected, but if I win it will be big," Logan said.
Logan and Velliquette battled to a 0-0 tie after two periods. In the third period, Velliquette gave Logan and escape; confident he could take Logan down before the period was out. Velliquette’s confidence was rewarded as he got Logan to the mat for a one-point lead with 40 seconds left in the match.
Late in the period, Velliquette was called for a stall and Logan was awarded a point that would send the match to overtime tied at two.
Just 22 seconds into the overtime a flurry of activity saw Logan come away with the takedown and win.
"We were lucky to get (the takedown). I wish it would have been off our shot rather than his; we got into a little bit of a flurry," Carthage head coach Kenny Brown said. "Joe is an amazing wrestler and nine times out of ten he is going to be able to finish that shot against even the best wrestlers. We just got lucky that this was the 10th time."
Teammates Tyler Harden and Trevor Feagans also won titles for Carthage at 126 and 138 pounds, respectively.
Harden was not scheduled to attend Kinloch until the day before the meet.
"He (Harden) didn't find out he was coming until Wednesday," Brown said. "We had another wrestler that beat him in a wrestle-off, but his weight got a little out of control and Tyler maintained his so he got his shot and came here and won it."
He pulled off the 12-2 major decision over Rolla’s Sam Leach for the title.
Feagans kept his record perfect at 24-0 with a pin of Republic’s Cody Sandridge at the 2:38 mark.
"Trevor has been wrestling well since he was a freshman," Brown said. "He is a very special young man. That is why he is wrestling Division I next year for SIU-Edwardsville. We have come up short a couple times in the State finals. We are hoping this year is our year to finally take home the gold."
Carthage’s final contender in the finals was Tommy Bradshaw at 145 pounds, but he fell to Seneca’s Logan Grady by pin in 31 seconds.
The Tigers won the title thanks to tradition and depth according to Brown.
"One of the biggest advantages is that we have a long history of wrestling in Carthage and consequently we get good numbers out which means we can fill out a full line-up," Brown said. "We were one of the few teams that had a full line-up and that helps. We were scoring points at every weight class."
Seneca was second as a team and won two other titles.
At 120 pounds, Seneca’s Will Roark handled a previously undefeated Sam Hampton of Blue Springs South by a score of 17-2. Then at 160 pounds, Jalen Skaggs brought Seneca’s final title home in a battle of undefeated wrestlers. Skaggs knocked off Kerik Crouse of Republic 9-7. The loss dropped Crouse to 23-1 on the year.
It wasn’t all bad news in the finals for Republic as Kyle Campbell held off Rogersville’s Joe Whittington. Whittington was putting the pressure on late, but Campbell scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds to ice the match 7-4.
Monett’s Chase Brennan, who was third at State last year and a champion as a freshman, claimed his first Kinloch Title at 113 pounds with a 9-6 win over CBC’s Bay Roehr.
The 113-pound weight class is new for Brennan and he was feeling some fatigue by the end of the day.
"This is my first tournament down at 113, so I think that took a lot out of me. I am not there condition-wise and conditioning is everything," Brennan said.
The quick-pin award went to McDonald County’s Jordan Moffett. Moffett had the two quickest pins of the tournament in his 220-pound bouts as he stuck opponents in times of 9 and 10 seconds.
As soon as Moffett heard about the award, it became a goal to capture it.
"When coach said they have a quick pin I award I (thought) I am going for it," Moffett said. "All through youth I used to get them all the time so why not add another one?"
The final was anything but quick for Moffett as he met a familiar foe in Kickapoo’s Micah Foote.
"I know what he is going to do and he knows what I am going to do," Moffett said. "I started out kind of cold."
Once Moffett got warmed up he was able to pull out the win by a score of 5-2 to remain unbeaten.
Nixa pulled out two titles on the day in the opening match of the finals at 106 and in the closing match at 285.
Stanton Finley wrestled to a tight 6-5 win over Ozark’s Gavin DeWitt at 106 pounds. Xyah Ra wore ground out a 6-2 win at 285 pounds.
45th Annual Kinloch Wrestling Championship Bout Results
106 – Stanton Finley, Nixa def. Gavin DeWitt, Ozark; 6-5
113 – Chase Brennan, Monett def. Bay Roehr, CBC; 9-6
120 – Will Roark, Seneca def. Sam Hampton BSS; 17-2
126 – Tyler Harden, Carthage def. Sam Leach, Rolla; 12-2
132 – Seth Logan, Carthage def. Joe Velliquette, Nixa; 4-2
138 – Trevor Feagans, Carthage pinned Cody Sandridge, Republic; 2:38
145 – Logan Grady, Seneca pinned Tommy Bradshaw, Carthage; :31
152 – Kyle Campbell, Republic def. Joe Whittington, Rogersville; 7-4
160 – Jalen Skaggs, Seneca def. Kerik Crouse, Republic; 9-7
170 – John Oss, Ozark pinned Hunter Yeargan, Willard; 2:48 *150th career win for Oss*
182 – Haryl Starkey, Bolivar pinned Jordan Davis, CBC; :50
195 – Cody Lindsay, Ozark pinned Chris Boyles, BSS; 3:52
220 – Jordan Moffett, Mac Co. def. Micah Foote, Kickapoo; 5-2
285 – Xyah Ra, Nixa def. Thomas Ceja, Rolla; 6-2