Both the Hannibal and Palmyra wrestling teams will be well represented at next weekend's state tournament.
The Panthers and Pirates each had one district champion Saturday and saw eight wrestlers qualify to wrestle at Mizzou Arena beginning Thursday in Columbia, Mo.
Palmyra freshman Collin Arch kept his unblemished record intact by taking the 120-pound bracket in the Class 1 District 3 tournament in Marceline, Mo. Arch (41-0) defeated Richmond's Logan Claypole 7-0 in the semifinals and Hallsville's Gavynn Carpenter 8-4 in the finals.
"He wrestled extremely well, wrestling against tough kids," Panthers coach Josh Buatte said of Arch. "He just wrestled his match. That's pretty much what he does every time he goes out."
Hannibal sophomore Kameron Foust finished atop the 170 bracket in the Class 3 District 2 meet in St. Charles, Mo. Foust (27-7) won all three of his matches by first-period pin. His quickest decision was a 51 second pin of Ft. Zumwalt East's Luke Eaton in the finals.
Foust didn't wrestle for the Pirates his freshman year.
"To come in as a first-year wrestler and go 3-0 in a district tournament with three pins, that is a great tournament for him," Hannibal coach Jacob Borgmeyer said. "He's only a sophomore. Obviously a lot of progress can still be made with him. He has a lot of potential to do a lot of great things."
Hannibal had three other wrestlers make their final match, but they each finished in second place. Shawn Smashey defeated Ft. Zumwalt South's Ashton Atkins by a 9-1 major decision in the semifinals at 106, but he was pinned by Warrenton's Bryce Edison in 49 seconds in the finals.
Gavin Morawitz pinned Westminster Christian Academy's Kirk Briden in the semifinals at 152, then Morawitz lost 7-3 to James Griffin from Parkway West in the finals. Trevor Wilson made quick work of Ft. Zumwalt South's Brandon Vogt in the semifinals at 160 with a pin in 39 seconds, but he was caught for a pin in the second period of the finals by Wentzville Liberty's Wyatt Haynes.
"Those four did a great job and had a really good tournament," Borgmeyer said. "We only came away with one champ in the finals, but that gives us a little room to continue improving for the next few days before the state tournament."
Hannibal's other four qualifiers came from the consolation round. Tyler Hardy placed third at 145 with a victory over Garry Dornal from McCluer North by pin in 47 seconds in the consolation finals, while Matthew Wilson at 132, Jameson White at 195 and Brady Zimmerman at 220 all finished in fourth.
Hardy, Wilson, White and Zimmerman had to make it past the do-or-die consolation semifinals to reach the state tournament.
"I pulled all four of our guys aside before (the consolation semifinals) and told each one of them that if they wrestled their match and did things the right way they were going to win," Borgmeyer said. "They trusted in it and believed in the coaching and themselves. To go 4 for 4 in the blood round, that's pretty impressive."
Palmyra did one better. Or, make that three better.
Nine Panthers had to battle their way through the consolation bracket to earn their state qualification, and seven made it out the other side. Three of the seven -- Ross Arch at 152, Luke Triplett at 195 and Weston King at heavyweight -- won their third-place match, while Brayden Stevens at 126, Hayes Miller at 145, Conner Roberts at 170 and Nolyn Richards at 182 all finished in fourth.
Ross Arch, last season's Class 1 state champion at 145, suffered only his second loss of the year in the championship semifinals, getting pinned by Lexington's Tyson Moore in 5:09. He bounced back in the consolation rounds with back-to-back first-period pins.
"He's a gamer," Buatte said. "He really uses those things to motivate him. One loss isn't really going to mess with him too much. I wasn't really worried about him coming back and wrestling like Ross after that. He's one of those guys that takes it in stride and uses it to learn."
Palmyra set a new school record with its eight state qualifiers, doubling last year's four-person contingent.
"We are excited. The team is excited," Buatte said. "Everybody is ready to go."