Landreth returns to MSHSAA Championships
KANSAS CITY -- Marshall senior Dalton Landreth will get a shot at a third state wrestling medal.
Unfortunately, he'll make the trip to Columbia alone as the only Owl to qualify during the Class 3, District 4 Tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Kansas City.
Landreth, who reached the state finals for a silver medal two years ago, won his first three bouts in the 126-pound class before eventually finishing second. He beat his first two opponents with a pin and 13-0 major decision, but had to hang on during the semifinal round against Grain Valley junior Caleb Benshoof, a takedown and near-fall in the second period giving him a 5-1 lead en route to a 7-5 decision for his 47th win of the season.
The title match belonged to Platte County senior Cody Phippen, who built a 9-1 lead through the first two sets and notched a fall with 31 seconds remaining in the third.
Marshall had five first-round wins, but only Landreth got through a second match unscathed. All three of the Owls who received byes in the opening round lost in the quarterfinals, although junior Matthew Huston (145 pounds) split his next two matches to reach the critical consolation semifinals -- the winner of which automatically qualifies for state. Smithville sophomore Ryan Hampton ended Huston's bid with a 12-0 major decision.
Seniors Cameron Morrison (132) -- a state qualifier as a sophomore -- and T-Love William (138) began the meet with victories, but each only won once more than didn't get in position to advance. Senior Jonathan Sprigg dropped his next two contests after winning his opener, the second due to injury.
Sophomore Jaden Riley (120), senior Eli Jackson (152) and junior Kyle Gann (195) each picked up backside wins for the Owls -- who finished 11th in the 15-team field with 46 points, roughly the same as a year ago.
Landreth will take the mat Thursday afternoon in Mizzou Arena.
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Correction:: Jonathan Sprigg's result was corrected to show that his final match was a loss by injury.