It was a frustrating Friday night for the Spartans at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships in Columbia. The Spartans had three remaining wrestlers among the six that made the trip to Mizzou Arena, with two of them just a win from advancing to the finals on Saturday.
Although they did not get anyone into the championship matches, the Spartans did leave town with a pair of state medals.
Senior Jake Halterman rebounded from a tough semifinal loss on Friday to capture third place in the 285-pound bracket. Halterman defeated Brock Barton of Hamilton-Penny by a fall in 4:26 to win the third-place match. Earlier in the day, he was a 6-4 winner over Issac Eads of Maysville to advance.
Halterman’s bid for the finals was ended Friday night when he lost a 10-3 decision to Caleb Brashears of Mid Buchanan, whose only loss until then was to the Richmond senior. Brashears lost by fall in the finals to Andrew Waites of Herculaneum.
After qualifying for state his sophomore season, Halterman missed last year due to a knee injury, and Richmond Coach Ken Simmons thought missing his junior year might have hurt.
“I think that kind of played into it a little bit,” he said. “I was counting on him to make the finals. Maybe it was the mystique of not being down here. Sometimes the best guy doesn’t always win and that’s one of those things that caught us. The kid had a good game plan against him and didn’t want to get in the middle of the mat and we just weren’t patient enough with him.”
Halterman ends the year with a 36-9 record.
Reny Reis, in his third tournament at Columbia, brought home a fourth-place medal, and put together a 41-10 record at 160 pounds. Reis’ shot at the finals ended Friday night when he dropped a tough 5-4 decision to Levi Michener of Gallatin.
PHOTO: Spartan junior 145-pounder Kane Southwick won by fall over Warsaw’s Wesley Jackon in 1:56 in his first round of wrestlebacks. Southwick just missed earning a medal when he was eliminated in the third round of the wrestlebacks.(Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News)
The full story is in the Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 edition of The Daily News.