|The best youth wrestlers from around the state traveled to Columbia for the 2011 USA Missouri State Championships last Saturday.||Thirteen members of the Monett Youth Wrestling Club qualified for the event by placing in the top four at the Region C tournament in Carthage.|
Monett finished 17th out of 149 clubs and finished second in the 8-and-under bracket.
Monett's Clayton Cordova claimed a state championship in the 8-and under, 130-pound weight division. Cordova logged four first period pins on his way to the championship.
The wrestling Cubs had three second place finishers. Joseph Semerad, 8-and-under, 60 pound, and Ian Meyer, 12-and-under, 125 pound, both lost heartbreakers in overtime in the finals. Wesley Merriman, 8 and under, 100 pounds, was Monett's other finalist.
Other participants who placed for Monett were: Ben Cole, 12-and-under, 175-pounds and Carlos Cordova, 12-and-under 205 pounds. Both finished in fifth place.
Also representing Monett at the state competition were: Michael Vincent, Hunter Pyle, Kedric Brink, Dominic Witherow, Matthew Bahl, Cole Davis and Ian Jackson.
Editor's note: A special thank you to Justin Semerad and Nancy Noll-Meyer for providing the youth wrestling information and pictures this season.