Even though the Cubs failed to win an individual state championship, Monett wrestlers and the wrestling program took a step forward.
"Overall, I think we wrestled well," said Monett coach Daryl Bradley. "I'm disappointed that we didn't bring home an individual state title, but we did score 51 points, which is a great feat considering we only qualified five wrestlers to the state tournament."
In the 106-pound division, Monett's Chase Brennan took third. Brennan (46-4) opened the tournament by pinning AJ Edwards, of Excelsior Springs, and earning a technical fall victory over Richard House, of Central Park Hills.
"Chase had a great tournament with the exception of one period," said Bradley "I was proud that he bounced back to take third after a disappointing Friday night semi-final."
Renteria marched through the opening two rounds of the tournament, earning victories via pin over David Weirich, of Owensville, and Ryan Burkhart, of Cameron.
In the semi-finals, Renteria prevailed 9-4 over Cooper Gardnero, of Excelsior Springs. In the championship, Renteria was pinned in the third period by Justin VanHoose, of Kirksville. VanHoose became the 21st four-time state individual champion and finished the season 53-0 and 180-3 overall in his four-year career. Renteria set a Monett single season record with his 50 victories
Kedric Brink did not place in the 120-pound division at state, but he did gain valuable experience.
Brink lost by technical fall to Cody Hummer, of Savannah, to open the tournament but bounced back to earn a technical fall victory over Kiowa Wright, of Owensville, and a 2-1 decision over Cole Reynolds, of Ste. Genevieve. Brink then fell 4-0 to Cole Lankford, of Seneca.
"Kedric had a good tournament, losing to the eventual state champ and losing in the final round of eight," said Bradley. "He defeated a state runner-up in the second round to stay alive in the tournament, and that was huge for his confidence. I'm excited about how much he improved throughout the season."
Matt Wentz did not place in the 182-pound division but still had a good tournament.
Wentz was pinned in the opening round by Trevor Foltz, of Notre Dame Cape Girardeau. Wentz staved off elimination from the tournament by pinning Preston Airington, of Oak Grove, and earning a 1-0 decision over Michael Bamman, of Grain Valley.
"Matt amazed me throughout the tournament and season," said Bradley. "He was a match away from a state medal and won two matches against Missouri River Valley Conference opponents (Oak Grove and Grain Valley). That is a tall task to defeat wrestlers from those schools. I was very proud of his progress."
Devon Overall struggled in the 160-pound division, dropping his two matches. Overall fell 7-1 to Cody Stevens, of Dexter, and 6-1 to Kevin Sugden, of Cameron.
"Devon had a tough weight class," said Bradley "He battled in every match. I know we got his best effort. I expect him to get bigger and stronger in the offseason, and I expect him to compete for a medal next year."
Monett returns a strong nucleus of wrestlers next season and looks to challenge for a team state title.