Republic Middle School wrestlers earned 5th place at the Central Ozark Conference Tournament this weekend. They had finished 6th in 2010.
Republic finished ahead of Branson, Webb City, and Willard. The team won six medals, despite being unable to fill six weight classes.
“I am very proud of the way our wrestlers performed,” Coach David Hopper says. “Our wrestlers have demonstrated a great deal of discipline, leadership, and most importantly teamwork throughout the season. It paid off on Saturday.”
Medalists include Spencer Conklin (Champion 160 pounds), Brandon O’Connell (2nd 110), John Ionashku (3rd 105), Brendan Bice (3rd 120), Zach Dickens (3rd 150), and Blake Wojciechowski (3rd 195).
Fourth place finishers include Jerney Jones (115), MacRae Murry (175), and Shane McKinley (215).
Other points earners were Sierra Clemmons, Nicholas McClarnon, Garrett Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Eli Davidson, Corey Mays, Johnathon Beckett, Austin Noblitt, Creighton Thomas, Mavrick Lopez, Dakota Dutoit, Liam Bice, Parker Davis, Gage Gold, Jaden Bowers, Jack Hayes, Garrett Pressnall, Nolan Davis, Jacob Daniel, and Owen Clark.
The RMS Tiger wrestlers will host their final match of the season against Logan-Rogersville on Thursday, December 15. The match will be held at Republic High School at 5 p.m., before the high school meet against Central and Willard.
The Republic Middle School team brought home ten medals from the Buffalo Junior High Wrestling Tournament over the weekend. That includes five gold medals.
Here are the individual medalists from Republic:
Brandon O’Connell – Gold
Jerney Jones – Bronze
Brendan Bice – Bronze
Austin Noblitt – Gold
MacRea Murry – Gold
Blake Wojciechowski – Gold
Junior Varsity Medals
Johnathon Beckett – Gold
Gage Gold – Silver
Owen Clark – Bronze
Shane McKinley – Silver