Wildcats hold own in Monett tourney
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.
“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.
“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.