Tigers leave state with fifth-, sixth-place finishes, but no wrestlers medal
Although it may have not performed up to its own expectations this past weekend, the wrestling team at Oakville Senior High School can't classify its experience at the state championship a failure.
"They didn't do as well as I'd like them to have," Tigers' head coach Tim Vogel told the Call.
"I was proud of how Nick and Ryan did. We actually came close to having four medals at state,'' Vogel added.
The Tigers' Nick Wymore grabbed a fifth- place finish in the heavyweight division with a pin over Nathan Crossett of Francis Howell at 3:25.
The win signified a tough comeback for Wymore after losing to Jaron Baston of Blue Springs 6-4 in wrestlebacks.
Oakville's lone senior at the state championships ended his high school wrestling career on a solid note.
"Nick made it to the semifinal and it was a good match until the third period," Vogel said.
"He came back to wrestle that next match in the morning, which was tough. He beat Crossett of Francis Howell pretty handily."
Also placing for the Tigers was junior Ryan Sutton at 189 pounds, who placed sixth after dropping a heartbreaking 10-8 overtime decision to Sean Miller of Park Hill.
Despite the loss, Vogel believes that Sutton will be one of the better wrestlers in the state next season.
"He had an outstanding tournament going into the semifinal and got pinned," Vogel said.
"He ended up losing both of his wrestleback matches, but he'll be one of the best in the state next year."
Other wrestlers who competed at the state championships, but failed to place, were sophomores Darren Green (103 pounds) and Kyle Foley (135 pounds) along with junior Matt Mitchell (140 pounds).
"Darren looked very good in the tournament," Vogel said.
"Kyle is a sophomore and it was his first time down there and I was pleased with how he wrestled. Matt also had a really good tournament and is a hardworking kid who's going to be outstanding next year."
With two sophomores and two juniors returning next season from this season's squad that went to the state championships, Vogel is pleased with his program's progress. But like many other sports, the key to success next season is the off-season.
"We're still a building team and the team is moving in the right direction," Vogel said. "In order to build a good program, you've got to have a good off-season."
Visit www.mshsaa.org for additional results from last week's state wrestling championships, including first- and second-round, quarterfinal and semifinal, wrestleback- and consolation-round, and medal-round results.