The Waynesville Tigers had one of their best District performances in years. They sent a school record setting nine wrestlers to the state championship tournament at the University of Missouri in Columbia this weekend.
The Tigers also brought home a district second place plaque as they tied at 150 points with the Ozark Conference Lebanon Yellow Jackets. The Ozark Tigers won the District with 180 points.
Two of the Tigers came away as individual champions. They were Gaven Sax and Sean Sax. Sean Sax remained undefeated going into state while Gaven Sax only has two losses on the season. The Tigers had one second place finish and one third place individual place. Waynesville had five wrestlers that placed fourth on Saturday.
Waynesville began the day with Sophomore Thomas Brady making it to the 106 lb medal round. He fell in the second round to Ozark Freshman Clayton Moisen to a pinfall. Brady had a record of 29-15.
The next Tiger to make it to a medal round was Senior Aedan Brady. He wrestled a low scoring three round match against Columbia Rock Bridge Senior Derek Lopez and fell to a 4-2 Decision to claim fourth in the 126 lb class. Brady has a 23-26 record on the year.
Sophomore Gaven Sax was next in the 132 class. He won a 7-4 decision over Raymore-Peculiar Sophomore Garrett LaBelle of 7-4. He is currently 39-2 on the season.
Senior Sean Sax continued his undefeated streak on the season as he defeated Lee Summit North Senior Jaden Duran by pinfall in just the start of the second round. He improves to 45-0 on the year in the 138 lb class.
Waynesville was represented again in the next weight class as Junior Michael Cassidy fell to Jefferson City Senior Peter Kuster in a Tie Breaker in the 145 lb class. Cassidy is 42-4 on the season.
Junior Daniel Albrecht fell 28-12, but still qualified as he lost in the third place game to Lee Summit North Junior Adrian Castaneda by a forfeit. He is 28-12 on the season.
Senior Devon Stearns fell to Ozark Senior Tyson Albright in a 6-3 decision in the third place match. Stearns is 20-5 on the year.
Senior Floyd Moore also fell in the third place game. He lost a close 4-1 decision to Ty Glendenning in a rematch again the Lebanon Junior. Moore is 29-17 on the year.
The last Waynesville wrestler of the night was Junior Andrew Leitold who fell in the third place contest to Raymore-Peculiar Senior Joey Stalone in an injury decision. Leitold is 32-14 on the year.
The Waynesville Wrestlers that move on will compete at the Missouri Class 4 State Championships in Columbia this weekend. It will be held at the Mizzou Arena.