Class 3 boys state wrestling recap


By Pat Dailey (For

COLUMBIA — Even as a freshman, Branson’s Ryzen Isringhausen felt a sense of urgency upon taking the mat for the 106-pound championship match at the Class 3 State Tournament on Saturday.

Isringhausen’s older brother, Kyshin, was a state finalist his freshman year five years ago. Kyshin finished as a four-time place-winner, but never made it back to the finals.

Ryzen pulled out a 4-2 tiebreaker win against Platte County’s Jaxson Shute (39-4) in their title tilt.

“You never know what’s going to happen in the future,” Isringhausen said. “You never know how brackets are going to shake out and everything else. So, I knew I had to get this one.”

Isringhausen (47-1) becomes Branson’s second state champion.

“I always dreamed of this,” he said.

Isringhausen was intent on being in attack mode in overtime and be the first to attempt a shot.

“He held me down earlier in the match. I knew I had to change something. That led me to victory,” Isringhausen said. “I knew I had to be the most aggressive one (in overtime), typically that’s the one who wins.”


A year ago Shute beat Isringhausen 1-0 in a youth state championship match.

“That made me want to get this even more,” Isringhusen said. 

Kinder joins Rolla’s list of state champions

Rolla’s Kayden Kinder (34-30) captured the 150 championship by injury default. At the 3:48 mark, Holt’s Logan Rubenstein (30-1) injured a shoulder and couldn’t come back.

The injury happened after Kinder recorded a takedown.

“When he got injured, I felt like I beat him already,” Kinder said. “I believed he was broke. Once I took him down, he was defeated.”

Kinder was pleased with the furious tempo of the match and that most of the action was on the mat.

“He’s good on his feet,” Kinder said. “I knew if I continued to push the pace and continued to shoot and change directions, I’d be able to take him down.” 

A year ago in the quarterfinal round, Rubenstein beat Kinder.

“That motivated me even more,” Kinder said.

Kinder ups Rolla’s number of state champions to four. He credited Rolla grad Zach Fennell, a three-time state medalist, for helping him become a state champ.

“I want near all my shout-out to go to Zach Fennell,” Kinder said. “He’s a great role model. He’s the best partner I’ve ever had.”

McDonald County’s Murphy second, Hitt third

Bids by McDonald County’s Sam Murphy and Jace Hitt to repeat as state champions fell short, with Murphy taking second at 215 and Hitt third at 285.

Murphy (47-4) dropped a 1-0 decision to Platte County’s Jake Fernandez (42-4) in their title tilt.

Hitt (44-4) bounced back from a quarterfinal loss and won 1-0 against Hannibal’s Ryan Ross (43-13) in their third-place match.

“I knew after I lost I would have to battle back to get my way to third,” Hitt said. “That’s a hard thing to do, after winning state last year. I took (the loss) hard. But I was able to battle back. I have a great supporting cast around me and fans who kept me up and going.”

Carl Junction’s Fogleson second at 113

Carter Foglesong, of Carl Junction was pinned in 3:09 by Hannibal’s Austin Brown (48-3) in the 113 final.

For Foglesong (45-2), it was his first loss this season to an in-state foe.

A year ago, Brown pinned Fogelsong for third place at state.

Bolivar’s Moore 144 runner-up

Bolivar’s Cooper Moore (42-4) finished second after losing a major decision 11-0 to Hannibal’s Cody Culp (33–0) at 144.

Class 3 Medal Round Results

106 – First Place – Ryzen Isringhausen (Branson) 47-1, Fr. over Jaxson Shute (Platte County) 39-4, Fr. (TB-1 4-2)
113 – First Place – Austin Brown (Hannibal) 48-3, So. over Carter Foglesong (Carl Junction) 45-2, Jr. (Fall 3:09)
120 – Fifth Place – Reign Creech (Hannibal) 45-8, Sr. over Sam Melton (Carl Junction) 30-6, Sr. (Dec 4-0)
138 – Fifth Place – Drake Peeler (DeSoto) 40-5, Sr. over MJ Gritts (Marshfield) 51-7, Sr. (SV-1 4-2)
144 – First Place – Cody Culp (Hannibal) 33-0, Sr. over Cooper Moore (Bolivar) 42-4, Jr. (MD 11-0)
144 – Fifth Place – Brennen Green (Smithville) 45-11, Jr. over Tanner Davidson (Marshfield) 46-10, Jr. (Dec 9-4)
150 – First Place – Kayden Kinder (Rolla) 34-3, Jr. over Logan Rubinstein (Holt) 30-1, Sr. (Inj. 3:48)
150 – Fifth Place – Kyeler Aders (Farmington) 43-9, Jr. over Aaron Dillingham (Carl Junction) 36-19, Fr. (Fall 0:42)
157 – Fifth Place – Dexter Merrell (Carl Junction) 38-11, Sr. over Shane Leary (Platte County) 35-18, Sr. (Fall 1:35)
175 – Third Place – Mason McCurry (Bolivar) 41-4, Jr. over Quinten Attebury (Belton) 40-12, So. (MD 10-1)
175 – Fifth Place – Tony Stewart (Carl Junction) 47-5, Jr. over Trey Ladymon (Union) 44-9, Jr. (Dec 6-5)
190 – Third Place – Jaren Jackson (De Smet Jesuit) 51-4, Sr. over Nathaniel Beeson (Camdenton) 44-5, Sr. (Fall 4:18)
190 – Fifth Place – Lonzo Johnson (Lincoln College Prep) 34-9, Sr. over Malosi Sosef (McDonald County) 22-11, Jr. (Dec 7-2)
215 – First Place – Jake Fernandez (Platte County) 42-4, Sr. over Samuel Murphy (McDonald County) 47-4, Sr. (Dec 1-0)
285 – Third Place – Jayce Hitt (McDonald County) 44-4, Sr. over Ryan Ross (Hannibal) 43-13, Sr. (Dec 1-0)

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