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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Marshall freshman Aaron Sims (top) took third place in a tournament for the second week in a row, against the same opponent in the medal round.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
PLATTSBURG -- Senior Berry Benedick won a gold medal Saturday to lead the Marshall wrestling team to fourth place at the Plattsburg Invitational.

The Owls, last among the 11 entries a year ago, boasted six other medalists -- including second-place senior Austin Stickels, coming off his championship in the Marshall Tournament a week earlier.

Benedick, ranked ninth at 285 pounds by MissouriWrestling.com, had an easy run through his first three bouts -- pinning his opponents in 10, 39 and 16 seconds. It took him only 1:09 to stop No. 9 Plattsburg sophomore C.J. Graham in the semifinal round and 1:36 to beat 12th-ranked Cameron junior Brady Gunn for the title.

Stickels (182 pounds) also won his first three matches by fall before defeating Plattsburg junior Zach Griffing -- No. 7 at 195 pounds -- 3-2 in the semifinal. In the finals, Stickels lost by a 10-2 major decision to No. 9 Stanberry sophomore Mason Rosier.

Freshman Aaron Sims, No. 8 at 132 pounds, pinned two opponents before suffering a 3-2 semifinal loss to 10th-rated Plattsburg junior Robert Querrey -- but bounced back for third place by stopping No. 10 Chillicothe freshman Aaron Baker in 46 seconds, a rematch of the same medal round at the MHS tourney.

After being pinned in his opening match with the eventual champion, fourth-ranked Cameron senior Ryan Burkhart, junior Chris Stevenson (145) won out -- with two pins and a pair of victories by injury default -- for third place.

Freshman Austin Ballard split his four matches, pinning Gallatin sophomore Nicholas Flanagan for the to begin the meet for the second week in a row, to finish third in a lightly-entered 106-pound class.

Senior Nick Harper (152), No. 8 at 160, ended his first three contests by fall before losing a 7-0 semifinal decision to Brookfield senior Micah Blakely -- who went on to the title, as had the third-ranked 160-pounder done a week earlier at Marshall while also grappling at 152.

Harper was pinned with under a minute remaining in the third-place match by No. 4 Cameron sophomore Marshall Colson.

Junior Tyler Eidson (195) recovered from losses in his first two outings with three straight wins -- two by fall -- for fifth place. Junior Canaan Heinzler (138) split two bouts before having to withdraw due to injury.

Junior Tyler Morrison, moving up two weight classes since last week to 160, won twice and junior Sam Overturf picked up a win in a tough 220-pound field.

Marshall wound up with 200 points to finish behind three-ranked teams: Cameron (317 points), No. 5 in Class 2, followed by MHS Tournament champion Brookfield (272) and Plattsburg (247) -- Nos. 1 and 4 respectively in Class 1.

The Owls will be on the road today for their toughest dual of the season at defending NCMC and Class 2 state champion Kirksville.



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