Warriors 10th at league wrestling tournament
BY MICHAEL BOYD JR.
HERALD SPORTS EDITOR
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Kaden Gegg took second place as the lone finalist at the SEMO Conference wrestling tournament over the weekend (Jan. 13-14) as Valle Catholic settled for 10th place out of 16 teams at the Terry Kitchen/Tiger Fieldhouse at Cape Central Jr. High.
The second-place finish was enough for Gegg to earn All-SEMO Conference honors.
Meanwhile, Joseph Flieg settled for sixth place after an unfortunate injury to both him and his opponent during the quarterfinals forced them both out of competition the rest of the way.
The Warriors competed in 10 weight brackets altogether and scored 66 total points.
Gegg lost by pinfall to Hillsboro’s Carter Wallis in the 106-pound finals. He finished with 12 points after two pin-wins of his own to reach the finals.
On Friday, Flieg (132) pinned his first-round opponent, then defeated Ste. Genevieve’s Owen Drury 15-11 in the quarterfinals.
However, early on in the match both Flieg and Drury hit heads hard. Everyone noticed, but the two continued to wrestle, resulting in Flieg winning.
Later that night, it was declared that both would not be able to compete again and were out of the tournament, thus forfeiting the rest of their matches.
Flieg was expected to be in the finals of that bracket.
Hillsboro ran away with the top prize, scoring 407 total points with eight total champions. Jackson had 293 to take second, Farmington posted a 261 for third and Sikeston (185) was fifth.
Cape Central Jr. High is the school’s old high school until the mid-2000s.
The Warriors head down to New Madrid at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 24) to compete in a triangular with host New Madrid County Central Eagles and Kennett Indians.
They then head to Potosi for another tri-match at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 25) with the host Trojans and St. Pius X Lancers.
They then head to De Soto to compete in the Bob Georger tournament on Saturday (Jan. 28).