The Monett youth wrestling club qualified 24 individuals for the state tournament in Columbia. Pictured above, from left, are: Ethan Umfleet, Cole Davis, Joey Semerad, Blaine Garver, Ian Jackson and Tanner Wright. Second row: Gunnar Bradley, Junior Villa, Karter Brink, Harrison Merriman, Matthew Bahl and Wesley Merriman. Third row: Brody Crawford, Angel Villalta, Gabe Pryor, Ian Meyer, Sean Jastal, Ashton Massardo, Hunter Pyle and Clayton Cordova. Fourth row: Garret Bradley, coach Mark Jackson, Dillon Welch, Carlos Cordova, coach Justin Semerad, Ben Cole, coach Ashley Pyle, coach James Massardo, coach Gary Meyer, coach AJ Bahl, coach Jay Jastal and coach Daryl Bradley. [Photo by Nancy Noll-Meyer]
Twenty-four Monett youth travelled to Columbia to compete in the Missouri USA Wrestling Championship.
Over 1,000 Missouri youths representing 147 wrestling clubs participated at the state championship. Monett's 24 qualifiers were the fourth most in the tournament.
To qualify for state, wrestlers had to place in the top four at regional tournaments across the state. To receive a medal at state, wrestlers needed to place in the top six of their bracket.
Monett wrestlers medaling in Columbia were: Tanner Wright, Harrison Merriman, Angel Villalta, Gabe Pryor, Ben Cole and Ian Meyer.