A-Team double gold in Seneca

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Cassville takes revenge following dual loss

The duo of Akhilleus Arguelles and Jake Anthonysz brought their A-games to Seneca last week, as both won first place in their weights at the Peoples Bank of Seneca Tournament.

Arguelles, at 138 pounds, started the day with a win over Caymen Cornelison, of Aurora, but a loss by fall to Seneca’s Brayden Thiel. Arguelles bounced back in the quarterfinals, pinning Blair Oaks’ Quinten Denney in 1:29, then earning a, 11-3 major decision over Rogers Heritage’s (Ark.) Ian Little.

This set up a rematch with Thiel for the title. In the match, Arguelles quickly scored a 3 nearfall and a takedown to go up 5-0 after the first period. He repeated the scores in the second, then scored another 5 points in the final period to lock down a 15-3 major decision.

Anthonysz, at 160 pounds, won his opening match by technical fall, then moved to the semifinals with a pin of Jonny Edwards, of Rogers Heritage, in 1:08. In the semifinals, Anthonysz met Versailles’ Kyle Flieger, allowing a takedown but ultimately getting the pin at 1:26.

In the championship, Anthonysz met another Indian, Seneca’s Lincoln Renfro, who he pinned in only 22 seconds in a dual less than a week before. This time, Anthonysz got the win via points, scoring two takedowns in the first period, an escape in the second and two more takedowns in the third, plus a stalling call, to earn a 9-4 decision.

In other results, Cassville’s Kurt Deaver, at 113 pounds, took fourth place with a loss to another Seneca grappler, Keatin Burleson.

Matthew Whittenburg was fifth at 138 pounds with a 7-5 decision over Adrian’s Justice Vickers. Jaret Hinson took 12th at 120 pounds, and Hunter Morris was ninth at 152 pounds.

Full results from the tournament include:

113: Round 5 — Keatin Burleson (Seneca) over Kurt Deaver (Cassville) (fall, 1:17)

113: 3rd Place Match — Keatin Burleson (Seneca) over Kurt Deaver (Cassville) (fall, 4:04)

120: Round 4 — Kannen Wilson (Versailles) over Jaret Hinson (Cassville) (fall, 3:33)

120: Cons. Round 1 — Brooks Nichols (Blair Oaks) over Jaret Hinson (Cassville) (decision, 7-2)

120: 11th Place Match — Brody Barnett (Adrian) over Jaret Hinson (Cassville) (major decision, 13-4)

132: Round 1 — Akhilleus Arguelles (Cassville) over Caymen Cornelison (Aurora) (fall, 1:25)

132: Round 2 — Brayden Thiel (Seneca) over Akhilleus Arguelles (Cassville) (fall, 2:57)

132: Quarterfinals — Akhilleus Arguelles (Cassville) over Quinten Denney (Blair Oaks) (fall, 1:29)

132: Semifinals — Akhilleus Arguelles (Cassville) over Ian Little (Rogers Heritage) (major decision, 11-3)

132: 1st Place Match — Akhilleus Arguelles (Cassville) over Brayden Thiel (Seneca) (major decision, 15-3)

138: Round 4 — Matthew Whittenburg (Cassville) over Trentyn Raney (Seneca) (fall, 2:57)

138: Quarterfinals — Nolan Laughlin (Blair Oaks) over Matthew Whittenburg (Cassville) (decision, 14-9)

138: Cons. Semis — Matthew Whittenburg (Cassville) over Trentyn Raney (Seneca) (major decision, 14-4)

152: Round 1 — Tye Edgar (Versailles) over Hunter Morris (Cassville) (fall, 1:10)

160: Round 4 — Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) over Houston Fahrenbocker (Versailles) (TF 17-2 2:58)

160: Quarterfinals — Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) over Jonny Edwards (Rogers Heritage) (fall, 1:08)

160: Semifinals — Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) over Kyle Flieger (Versailles) (fall, 1:26)

160: 1st Place Match — Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) over Lincoln Renfro (Seneca) (decision, 9-4)

The Wildcats held one last dual on Tuesday before prepping for the Class 2, District 3 Tournament on Feb. 11-12 in Seneca.

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