Six wreslters headed to state

LDR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon junior Caleb Shields looks to pin his first-round opponent from Columbia-Rock Bridge on Friday night during the first round of the Missouri Class 4 District 3 wrestling tournament at Drury University. Shields and five other LHS wrestlers qualified for the state wrestling tournament later this week in Columbia at 145-pounds.


SPRINGFIELD — Six Lebanon wrestlers are headed to the Missouri Class 4 state championships this week in Columbia after qualifying on Saturday at the Class 4 District 3 tournament in Springfield.

The ‘Jackets had three district champions as Hunter Lewis, Cole Roark and Trevor Christian won their respective weight classes, while Caleb Shields, Ty Glendenning, and Race Cottongim advanced by way of placing in the top four.

As a team, Lebanon finished tied for second with Waynesville in the 15-team tournament, finishing with 150 total points and finished 30 points behind district champion Ozark High School who won the tournament with 180 total points.

The Class 4 state championships will begin at 5 p.m. on February 15 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Advancing to state

Junior Hunter Lewis won the 120-pound weight class, defeating Ozark sophomore Wyatt Snyder in the championship match, 4-1. After going 4-0 throughout the tournament, Lewis is now 34-13 on the season and advances to the state tournament for the second consecutive year.

Sophomore Cole Roark continued his hot stretch of wrestling in the past couple of weeks by capturing the 126-pound weight class, going 4-0 in the tournament and defeated Lee’s Summit North sophomore Hunter Ross via pin in the first period to improve to 38-9 on the year. Roark was named the Ozark Conference Wrestler of the Year and will advance to the state tournament for the second straight year.

At 152-pounds, sophomore Trevor Christian breezed through his respective weight class, defeating Smith-Cotton senior Blake Pomajzl 13-7 in the championship match. Christian improved to 47-2 on the season and is ranked No. 2 at 152-pounds, according to Christian is headed back to the state tournament for the second straight year after placing 5th last year at 132-pounds.

Junior Caleb Shields advanced to state with a third-place finish in his bracket. Shields won his first-round match when he pinned Grant Williamson of Rock Bridge. Shields fell to sophomore Charles Adams of Raymore-Peculiar in the quarterfinal round but worked his way through the backside to the third-place match where he defeated Lee’s Summit West junior Jacob Moore 3-2 to punch his ticket to state.

At 182-pounds, junior Ty Glendenning advanced to state by finishing third in his weight class. Glendenning won his first two matches on the front side of the bracket before falling to Raymore-Peculiar junior Clint Herrick in the semifinals via pin. Glendenning stayed the course on the backside of the bracket and was able to defeat Zane Ragland of Lee’s Summit North and then went on to beat Floyd Moore of Waynesville for the third time this season in the third-place match. Glendenning is now 34-15 on the year.

In the 285-pound weight class, junior Race Cottongim who has filled in for the injured senior Rylan Hoard for most of the season secured a spot at the state tournament by finishing fourth. Cottongim got a big quarterfinal win over Tim Brech of Waynesville in the quarterfinals in sudden victory, 3-1 before falling to state-ranked Jace Gorn of Ozark 3-2 in an ultimate-tiebreaker in the semifinals. Cottongim fell to Jacob Booe of Joplin 5-1 in the third-place match. Cottongim is 32-15 on the season.

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