Junior wins twice at 182 pounds Saturday. Colton Sewell splits Saturday, ends up fourth at 106, likely highest-ever finish by CHS frosh. Senior Dean Adkins III repeats 2016 fifth-place showing. Title bout for CHS' Minnick late this afternoon.
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
COLUMBIA, Mo. — With senior Chase Minnick’s chase of the Class 2 132-pounds title still to come late Saturday afternoon, the Chillicothe High School wrestling Hornets had much reason to celebrate already following the early-afternoon conclusion of the state tournament’s consolation-wrestlebacks (C/W) action.
With a school-record-matching four state medals assured at day’s beginning, the Hornets’ trio posted a pair of wins and a loss in the consolation semifinals and then won two of three medal bouts – junior Kayde Burton taking third at 182 pounds, freshman Colton Sewell placing fourth at 106, and senior Dean Adkins III finishing his exemplary career with a second-straight fifth-place state finish, this time at 160 pounds.
Burton, winner of one of three 2016 state-tournament bouts, finished 2016-17 with a 37-9 record by winning twice on the tourney’s final day. He earned a spot in the third-place bout with a 7-5 victory over Joel Martin of Oak Grove in the late-morning action, then decisioned Jeremiah Glise of Savannah 5-2 in the finals.
Sewell became the first Hornet to officially secure his state medal, finishing fourth after battling all the way through the C/W bracket after a last-seconds loss in his state debut on Thursday.
After posting a 6-0 C/W semifinals decision over fellow ninth grader Dalton Thompson of St. Clair Saturday morning, Sewell and junior Jonathan Cochrum of O’Fallon: Christian battled on close terms throughout before Sewell’s late rally bid fell short in a 7-5 defeat.
Ending his first year of high school competition with a 38-9 record, Sewell became the highest-finishing CHS freshman ever to compete in the state tourney. At least three others – his cousin Kyler, CHS all-time wins leader Aaron Baker, and CHS all-time winninging-percentage record-holder Wyatt Pickering – took fifth as ninth graders.
C. Sewell finished one win short of his cousin’s apparently-CHS-record 39 bout wins in a freshman campaign.
Adkins, after losing to Midland Empire Conference nemesis Brant Price of Savannah by a 12-1 major decision in the C/W semifinals, rebounded to decision Greg Rolwes of St. Louis: Priory 6-2 in a fifth-place rematch of opening-round opponents.
“I was very proud of everybody’s performance,” Chad Smith, Chillicothe third-year head coach, commented to the C-T following Burton’s action. “They worked really hard, they followed the game plan, and they were aggressive on their feet.
“ … It was a good run for the first part of our day.”
The second part of the day will consist of one bout – senior first-time state-qualifier Minnick (49-3) opposing freshman Gunnar Bradley (42-12) of Monett – for the Class 2 132-pounds crown.
If successful, Minnick would be CHS’ first state wrestling champion in 10 years. Bobby Crabtree won the then-119-pounds title in 2007.
Last year, then-senior Baker also made the 132 finals, but lost as CHS’ only title-bout participant since Crabtree and Dustin Murray in ’07.