Bellamy leads three Owls to state
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS -- For current Marshall assistant boys' wrestling coach B.J. Coslet, the road to a state championship led through Excelsior Springs.
Three current Owls hope to travel the same path. Senior Ethan Stickels, sophomore Tytus Bellamy and freshman Isaac Jackson took their first steps Saturday by medaling in the Class 2, District 4 Tournament.
Like Coslet did by winning all 10 of his post-season rounds in 2003, Bellamy (120 pounds) captured a gold medal, pinning the first three of his four opponents. When he stopped Odessa senior Zach Landsberg for the second time in a week with 15 seconds left in the first round of the semifinals, he guaranteed his second appearance in the MSHSAA Class 2 Championships.
The championship match against Savannah freshman Chance Phillips was a classic comeback. Bellamy was taken down and twice nearly pinned, but a reversal and near-fall during the final 38 seconds of the first period began his climb out of a 7-0 hole.
Bellamy spent 1:40 of the second set in the bottom spot before another reversal tied the contest. He cut Phillips to start the third round down 9-7, but got him on the mat and rolled him for an 11-7 lead. Phillips reversed with 53 seconds to go, leaving him a point shy, and Bellamy didn't allow himself to get turned before escaping with 39 seconds remaining and remaining on his feet for a 12-10 win.
Give this gold to Aunt Dusty, 2005 MHS graduate Dusty (Mills) Robbins, who passed away Dec. 4 and to whom Bellamy has dedicated this season.
Bellamy and junior Diego Carranza (138) were the only two Owls to make it through Friday's preliminaries without a loss, but Carranza dropped his next two bouts and didn't advance. Sophomore Gerald Nomau (195) also won his first match before losing in the quarterfinals. Two back-side pins got him to the critical win-or-go-home consolation semifinals, where he was sent packing by Cameron junior Camren Hedgpath with a second-period fall.
They'll have more chances, but Stickels (182) wouldn't. Pinned in his opener, Stickels reeled off four straight wins -- the first two by fall -- to place third with a 16-0 technical fall of Savannah senior Jesse Glise. That avenged Stickels' loss in the first-round, which he had led 8-1 before being reversed onto his back midway through the second period.
Jackson (132) also suffered a first-round loss, but won his next three matches -- including a 6-1 decision over Oak Grove junior Chayton Kellum -- to place third.
Two other Owls reached the consolation semifinals, but sophomore Gabriel Pineda (152) lost a 20-10 major decision to Cameron senior Caleb Worland and freshman Dawson Borja (106) was pinned by Savannah freshman Gage Schottel.
Marshall got two wrestleback wins from sophomore Owen Kiso (170) and one each from sophomore Gabriel Pineda (152) and juniors Herson Renderos (126) and Tarson William (285).
The Owls placed seventh among 15 teams with 84.5 points, Odessa (265.5 points) taking the title.
Stickels (20-4) and Jackson (22-16) are headed to Mizzou Arena for the first time Thursday, while Bellamy (34-5) will be returning from last year -- when he went 2-2 and came up one win shy of climbing the medal stand.
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