In their final competition before the district tournament this weekend, the Cape Central boys varsity wrestling squad went 2-1 in a tri-meet at Dexter. The Tigers defeated Kennett, 59-18, and Notre Dame, 71-6, but lost to Dexter, 60-23.
Josh Pullen was the only CHS wrestler to come away from the event with three contested wins. At 195, he won two matches by fall, one against Dexter (3:46), and one against Kennett (5:55). He defeated his opponent from Notre Dame by technical fall, winning 16-1. His season record is currently 27-3. Pullen, who recently has been dealing with a nagging injury, says he’s ready for the district tournament. “I want to go into districts focused and ready to go,” he said. “These matches were for preparation, seeing what I need to fix, and where my faults lie. I was pretty nervous since my mind was too focused, but I’m trying to shake off all feelings, and get ready to take on districts. My health is pretty good, although I had to cut weight. But honestly, I felt pretty good.”
Four other wrestlers had two contested victories on the night. Auggie Phegley (19-10) pinned his Dexter opponent at 126 in 1:12. He also pinned a Kennett wrestler in exactly the same amount of time. He, too, said he feels good. “Considering both were first round pins, it seems everything is definitely coming together for me,” he explained. “There were a few bumps in the road, like having to miss out on conference, and my last three matches at the Tiger Classic because of a concussion. But it for sure feels like I’m peaking just at the right moment for districts.”
At 132, Dawson Bevens (29-5) came away with two contested wins, winning by technical fall, 16-0, against Dexter, and then winning by technical fall again (15-0) against Kennett. “I’m feeling really, really good going into districts,” he admitted after the meet. “I feel like every aspect of my game is piecing together very nicely, and the two tech falls were just to help my air out. I just have to focus my mind and ram through everybody who tries to stop me from my goals.”
Both Dylan Jordan at 152, and Cameren Walley at 160, came away with two victories. Jordan pinned his Dexter opposition in 3:37, and his Notre Dame opponent in just 50 seconds. Walley pinned a wrester from Kennett in 3:34, and his Notre Dame opponent in 5:43.
Other wrestlers who won a single contested match included Jerry Bonner at 138 (fall, 0:32) against Kennett, and Tanner Mendoza at 285 (fall, 3;50) also against Kennett.
The Class 3, District 1 tournament begins on Friday at Farmington. Participating teams include Central (Cape Girardeau) High School, DeSoto High School, Farmington High School, Festus High School, Gateway High School, Hillsboro High School, North County High School, Pacific High School, Rockwood Summit High School, Sikeston High School, St. Mary’s (St. Louis) High School, Union High School, Washington High School, Webster Groves High School, and Windsor (Imperial) High School.