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Two Owls win gold in Carrollton meet

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Marshall junior Canaan Heinzler (top) pinned two opponents on his way to the 145-pound final of the Carrollton Tournament.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
CARROLLTON -- The Marshall wrestling team put five entries into the finals, winning twice, to finish in fourth place Friday in the Carrollton Tournament.

The Owls had eight medalists to accumulate 168 points, putting them behind Lathrop (204 points), Warsaw (194) and Carrollton (182) in the team standings.

Seniors Nick Harper (160 pounds) and Berry Benedick (285) went undefeated for gold medals. Harper pinned all three of his opponents to improve his record to 12-1 on the season. Benedick only took the mat twice, finishing his foes in the second period both times, and is now 10-1.

Junior Canaan Heinzler (145) won his first two bouts, both by fall, before being stopped in the second set by Carrollton's Beau Hubbard. Junior T.J. Fox (170) notched a 4-2 overtime win and 16-8 major decision before being pitted in the title match against Lathrop junior Josh Hartzell -- a Class 1 state finalist at 160 pounds a year ago -- and suffering a 17-2 loss by technical fall.

Junior Tyler Eidson reeled off three straight wins, including back-to-back falls, to reach the championship match against Warsaw sophomore Kyle Goodsell -- who got the pin late in the second period.

Freshman Aaron Sims (138) won 5-0 and by fall before being dispatched in the semifinal round. However, he notched an impressive win in the third-place contest by pinning Carrollton junior Trevor Brunscher, a state qualifier a year ago.

Junior Chris Stevenson (152) pinned his first two foes before losing in the semifinal to Lathrop junior Trent Scobee, also a 2012 state qualifier. Stevenson trailed Warsaw senior Sterling Kerr in the third-place match, 7-3, but got out of a near-fall and notched a defensive pin. Freshman Dylan Bellamy split his two pool matches and was beaten in the third-place tilt.

Sophomore Alex Higginbotham also pinned an opponent, eventually losing in the fifth-place match.

Marshall logged a cumulative 20-14 record during the meet. The Owls should face their stiffest competitive of the season Friday and Saturday during the Harrisonville Invitational.

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