Grapplers’ metal tested this weekend
Cassville heads to Clinton with confidence
It is do-or-die time for the Cassville wrestling program, as the grapplers pack their bags and travel north to Clinton High School on Friday and Saturday for wrestling action.
For Cassville Coach Nathan Fortner, the tournament is a chance for the Wildcats to showcase their enhanced talent from a season ago.
“As a coach, you hope that all the hard work the players have put in will pay off this weekend,” Fortner said. “As a team goal, we want them to put out their best ability and all get to state.”
In its first season of varsity competition last year, the Wildcats shocked Missouri with two state qualifiers and a state medalist in Wyatt Goade.
Goade is currently ranked sixth in Class 2 at 170 pounds, according to www.missouriwrestling.com.
“I think Wyatt, if he wrestles to his potential, has a great shot to repeat as a medalist,” Fortner said. “He is a senior and I know that he is motivated.”
Fortner believes that every one of his wrestlers has the potential to reach Columbia, but he said fans should also keep an eye out for 132-pound Jaden Davis and 138-pound Keaton Artherton.
Action begins at 4 p.m. Friday. The top four wrestlers in each class advance to next week’s state tourney.