Wildcats hold own in Monett tourney

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wyatt Goade took second in the 172-pound weight division at the Monett Invitational on Saturday. Gary Meyer/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville 10th in field loaded with state winners

Getting a good look at themselves in the mirror, the Cassville’s wrestling program walked out of Monett on Saturday with a 10th place finish in one of the toughest tournaments in the state.

Routinely, top four finishers at the Monett Invitational can be found on the medal podium at the state tournament in Columbia at the end of the season, and Saturday was no exception.

Cassville’s Keaton Artherton worked his way to a third-place finish at the Monett Invitational on Saturday. Gary Meyer/Special to the Cassville Democrat

“I was proud of the way they competed against the tough competition at the Monett tournament,” said Nathan Fortner, Cassville coach. “The wrestlers’ attitudes were positive throughout the whole tournament, no matter if they won or lost, which is tough to do in this sport.”

The Wildcats had two wrestlers finish in the top three, as Keaton Artherton took third in the 138-pound division, and Wyatt Goade finished second in the 170-pound class.

Fortner said his Wildcats got a good look at the competition they will face if they want to qualify for the state tournament.

Colton Moore works to score points in his match at Monett on Saturday. Gary Meyer/Special to the Cassville Democrat

“We got to see five teams that are out of our district, so it showed us where we stand against them when it comes to getting kids to state,” Fortner said. “Overall, I thought we wrestled really tough, and I’m looking forward to getting back to practice to sharpen our weaknesses.”

Nixa won the team event with 348 points. Cassville scored 165.5 points and edged Big 8 foe McDonald County with 162 points.

Individual results for the Cassville wrestlers are as follows:

106: Gavin Moore, 12th

126: Gabe Hunter, 13th

132: Jaden Davis, sixth

138: Keaton Artherton, third

145: Logan Carlin, 11th

152: Jose Melchor, seventh

160: Michael Hunter, seventh

170: Wyatt Goade, second

182: Colton Moore, seventh

195: Colter West, 10th

220: Caleb Lucero, eighth

285: Tye Ellis, eighth

Cassville travels to Reeds Spring on Thursday.

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