Hunter wrestles way to 2nd in Monett Tournament

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Cassville’s Gabe Hunter gets a win by fall over Harrisonville’s Braeden Elifrits at the Monett Tournament Saturday. Hunter took second place in the 138-pound weight class. Kyle Troutman/

Wildcat trio brings home medals in event

The Cassville wrestling team had three athletes on the mats in Monett Saturday, each of whom brought home a medal.

Gabe Hunter wrestled at 138 points and took second in the tournament, while Kurt Deaver (106 pounds) and Jake Anthonysz (145 pounds) each settled for fifth place.

Cassville’s Kurt Deaver works against Pleasant Hill’s Troy Gustin in round 1 of the Monett Tournament Saturday. Deaver ultimately lost the bout by fall in 5:29. Kyle Troutman/

Nathan Fortner, Cassville coach, said it was a tough weekend for the Wildcats, as many of their normal wrestlers were out sick, had other commitments or did not make weight.

“It was a tough week for us,” he said. “I’m ready for us to get the team back and wrestling again. We’re hoping to have everyone back by the Big 8 Tournament [in Seneca on Jan. 22].”

Despite the team struggles, Fortner said his three that did wrestle in Monett performed well.

“Gabe is a senior and has put in the work,” he said. “He shows up to everything and puts in extra workouts. He’s set a goal to get on the podium this year, and he’s fun to watch.”

Hunter won his first three matches by fall, then earned a 9-2 decision over Willard’s Oscar Martinez before falling in the first-place match in an 11-5 decision to Pleasant Hill’s Zach Redwine.

“He just needed to work on his feet a little more,” Fortner said. “He almost took the kid down twice, and at one point we thought it was a takedown, but it didn’t get recorded that way. We’ll work to get better and hope to beat that kid at sectionals.”

Full results for Cassville’s three wrestlers are as follows:

106: Round 1 - Troy Gustin (Pleasant Hill) over Kurt Deaver (Cassville) (fall 5:29)

106: Round 3 - Kurt Deaver (Cassville) over Baron Harper (Logan-Rogersville) (fall 0:21)

106: Round 4 - Simon Hartline (Monett) over Kurt Deaver (Cassville) (fall 1:56)

106: Round 5 - Kurt Deaver (Cassville) over Forrest McMannes (Bolivar) (fall 1:33)

106: 5th Place Match - Kurt Deaver (Cassville) over Thomas Mutarelli (Branson) (fall 2:59)

138: Round 1 - Gabe Hunter (Cassville) over Braeden Elifrits (Harrisonville) (fall 0:36)

138: Round 2 - Gabe Hunter (Cassville) over Easton Byrne (Reeds Spring) (fall 2:50)

138: Round 4 - Gabe Hunter (Cassville) over Rafe Mackey (Webb City) (fall 0:25)

138: Round 5 - Gabe Hunter (Cassville) over Oscar Martinez (Willard) (decision, 9-6)

138: 1st Place Match - Zach Redwine (Pleasant Hill) over Gabe Hunter (Cassville) (decision, 11-5)

145: Round 2 - Ryan Schepers (Osage) over Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) (fall 5:49)

145: Round 3 - Jakob McCracken (Reeds Spring) over Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) (fall 4:00)

145: Round 4 - Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) over Jordan Howard (Webb City) (fall 0:38)

145: Round 5 - Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) over Ryan West (Bolivar) (decision, 7-0)

145: 5th Place Match - Jake Anthonysz (Cassville) over Andrew Keithley (Willard) (fall 4:26).

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