The second full weekend of state championship action took place this past weekend as Hillsboro grabbed their first state title on the mats while Howell Central earned the second-place trophy in the top class in the state. Plus, the championship games are for the Mid-State Club Hockey Association and sectional basketball matchups are set for a few of our local teams after they won the district title over the weekend.
Time to see what happened in this week’s edition of the Monday Morning Wrap-Up sponsored by Triad Bank.
The Class 3 and 4 boys’ wrestling championships took place at Mizzou Arena with Hillsboro coming away with the Class 3 title for the first time in school history. The Hawks claimed the title with 179.5 points while holding off state power Whitfield who finished second with 144.5 points.
Carter Wallis got the Hawks going early as he won the 106 lb. class by defeating Jackson Bassett from Whitfield 11-3 in a major decision. Porter Matecki claimed Whitfield’s first individual title with a 4-1 decision over Gavin Alexander of Hillsboro in the 126 lb. class to help the Warriors keep pace with the Hawks. Jackson Tucker gave Hillsboro their second title as he won the 132 lb. class with a 14-6 major decision to finish his year with a 43-1 record. Alexander Rallo earned Whitfield’s second individual title with a 6-0 decision in the 138 lb. class while Noah Bourke added to the Warriors’ point total with a 3-2 decision to take home the 150 lb. division title. Sam Richardson and Griffin Ray capped off the Hillsboro title haul as they each won their weight class titles. Richardson claimed the 165 lb. Class with a pinfall at the 3:01 mark of the match with Ray earning a pinfall at the 2:16 mark of the 165 lb. title match.
Kaden Purler from North Point finished his season with a 7-0 decision to win the 120 lb. class to finish the season with a 43-1 record while Logan Rubinstein of Holt grabbed the 144 lb. weight class with a 4-2 sudden victory as the locals in Class 3 took home nine individual titles on the day.
In the Class 4 championship meet, Howell Central finished the meet with a second-place finish with 90 points to finish behind Liberty who scored 218 points. Lafayette earned a spot on the podium, finishing in a tie for fourth place with Ozark with 81 points.
Payton Shepard claimed the first of two individual titles for the Spartans as he won the 126 lb. class with a 5-3 decision Dylan Roth of Lafayette while Aiden Hernandez won the 165 lb. class in a tiebreaker. Seckman brought home a pair of individual titles as John Bamvakais won the 157 lb. class with a 3-1 decision while Cole Ruble took home the 190 lb. class with a 6-5 decision over Andrew Wier of Lafayette. Brett Smith from Troy also won an individual title, earning a 3-1 sudden victory to claim the 175 lb. weight class.
On the girls’ side in the Class 2 championships, Marquette earned the runner-up spot on the podium with 105 points to finish behind Lebanon, scoring 134.5 points.
Kate Cooper from Timberland won the 105 lb. title with a 2-0 decision to start a strong day for the local wrestlers in the meet while Kendra Bliss of Washington took home the 125 lb. title with a pinfall at 1:28 mark. Marissa Sanabria of Holt capped 0ff a perfect season with a 6-1 decision in the 130 lb. class to win the title and finish with a 47-0 record. Janiah Jones of Parkway South earned a 12-6 decision to claim the 135 lb. class while Ali Haiser of Marquette earned the title in the 170 lb. class to finish the year with a 44-0 mark.
On the hardwood, the Bishop DuBourg girls’ basketball team claimed their first district title since 2000 with a 43-35 victory over Valley Park while Duchesne moves on to the sectional round with a 32-24 win over Louisiana. The Cavaliers will take on West County in the sectional round Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. at Park Hills Central while the Pioneers will head to Hannibal to play South Shelby Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.
In boys’ action, Maplewood-Richmond Hts. advanced to the Class 3 sectional round with a 45-36 victory over Brentwood while Lutheran North will join the Blue Devils in the sectionals after defeating Duchesne 52-48. In Class 2, Principia makes its first trip to sectionals in many years after defeating St. Vincent 58-45. Principia will take on Advance in the sectionals Monday at 6 p.m. at Park Hills Central while Maplewood will play West County in the Class 3 sectionals Monday at 7:45 at Park Hills Central. The Crusaders will travel to Hannibal to face South Shelby Monday at 7:45 p.m. to round out the locals in the small school classes.
District action will start in the big school classes this week with the boys starting play Monday evening while the girls will open up action Tuesday. The district finals are set for this weekend.
The finals are set for the Mid-State Hockey Association as St. Louis University High will face off against De Smet in the Challenge Cup while Lafayette will play Fort Zumwalt West in the finals of the Wickenheiser Cup. We will have a full preview of the championship games on Wednesday.
Jim Powers has been covering prep sports in the St. Louis area for 15+ years and a part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Championship Broadcasts for the past 11 years. Powers is also a part of the Fox 2 Verlo Mattress Prep Zone Friday nights at 10:10 during the football and basketball seasons. If you have a prep sports story, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan