Wildcat Takedown Club pinning success

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The 2018 Wildcat Takedown Club members in the front row, from left, are: Jayden Griffis, Skyler Annecharico, Sylas Roark, Cash Smith, Camden Runnels, Keegan Snodgrass, Hayden Jereczek, Chael Naugle, Colton Brooks, Jayden Barker-Ritchie, Wyatt Hollingsworth and Jacob Hall. Second row: Garrett Ewing, Mason Gauss, Maddox Cooper, Jesse James, Samuel Miller, Zander Easley, Spencer Drollinger, Caden O'Gorek, Braydyn Sizemore, Carson Cash, Brextin Sprague, Eli Roark, Tyler Hodge and Jaret Hinson. Third row: Gunner Knight, Cole Cash, Zachary Myers, Roper Taylor, Ryker Nelson, Colton Blankenship, Christian Tidwell, Connor Annecharico, Keller Snodgrass, Maddock Roark, Austyn Sizemore, Riley James, Tristan Thompson, Akhilleus Arguelles. Coaches: Steve Runnels, Griff Roark, William Naugle, Josh Tidwell, Clay Blankenship, Jeff Myers and Troy Thompson. Not pictured are: Coaches Alex Hodge and Jimmy Hinson. Wrestlers not pictured: Kaleb Artherton, Jake Anthonysz, Carlos Barrientos, Colton Beebe, Kamden Beebe, Cope Buckner, Eli Connolley, Miles Connolley, Carson Hutchens, Logan Parsons and Colton Roark. Contributed photo

Cassville youth wrestlers clawing way to victories

The 2017-2018 Wildcat Takedown Club (WTC) recently wrapped up its fourth and most successful year of competition.

The club began the season with 60 wrestlers and finished 42 competitors.

These wrestlers, ages 5-14, practiced two to three nights per week from November through March.

In March, WTC took 21 wrestlers to the District 5 tournament in Carl Junction. Out of the 21, WTC had 19 wrestlers progress on to the regional tournament in Ozark. At regionals, 8 WTC athletes qualified for the State Tournament, which was the most that had ever qualified from the club.

At the State Tournament, WTC had three wrestlers make the podium. Zachary Myers, son of Jeff and Becky Myers, placed fifth in the 8-and-under 90-pound weight class. Tristan Thompson, son of Troy and Linda Thompson, was the State Champion in the 10-and-under 95-pound weight class. Camden Runnels, son of Dr. Steve and Stacy Runnels, was also a State Champion in the 8-and-under 45-pound weight class. Thompson and Runnels are the first youth State Champions for WTC.

WTC is looking forward to starting its fifth season in 2018-2019 with split practices and more coaches. People may follow the Wildcat Takedown Club on Facebook for more information.

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