Monett grapplers remain a perfect 3-0 in competitions on the mat

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Karter Brink helped lead the Cubs to a win over Bolivar in wrestling action on Thursday night. Jared Lankford/

Team taking steps forward with a win over Bolivar

It was not pretty, but the Monett wrestling team squeezed out a 39-25 win over Bolivar on Thursday to improve to 3-0 on the season.

"We still have a long ways to go, but we looked better than we did last week," said Daryl Bradley, Monett coach. "I feel that we are doing some things very well technique-wise. The things we need to improve on are getting our weight under control and wrestling with a fierce attitude for the entire match [by scoring when we need to get a score]. We also need to continue to improve our conditioning. All these things will come with more mat time, and this is something that a lot of our guys will get in the next couple of weeks."

Bradley said that Joey Semerad looked very good against a physical wrestler with lots of experience and controlled his whole match.

Joel Barrientos dropped a tough, 3-2 decision against a state placer last season.

"He had a tough assignment," Bradley said. "Joel actually certified at 113 pounds, but wrestled up against a tougher opponent for the team. I'm very proud of his effort and leadership tonight in a losing effort."

Gunnar Bradley moved to 7-1 on the year with an 8-4 decision. He got out of position to start the match behind 4-0, but rallied with 8-straight points to win.

"Angel Rabadan is wrestling up a weight class and is competing," Bradley said. "He started slow last year. We just need to get him at the right weight class and he will be fine."

Bradley said Brody Crawford wrestled against a familiar foe that he faced three times last year, losing twice by pin.

"Brody fell out of position a couple of times," Bradley said. "He showed lots of heart to stay competing and made a match out of it. I feel that we can get him next time."

Onis Howard wrestled at 152-pounds after starting at 160-pounds last week.

"He had a competitive opponent that has lots of funk," Bradley said. "Onis came away with a 8-4 decision. He, like others, needs to continue to shake off the rust."

Desmond Hill improved to 6-2 on the year with a first-period pin via the cradle.

"I love how aggressive he comes out each and every time he steps out on the mat," Bradley said.

Wesley Merriman moved to 2-0 on the year with a first-period pin.

"That was a very important match in the duel," Bradley said. "Wesley's win helped secure the victory. Overall, I'm very pleased at where we are. I hope to come away from the Harrison (Ark.) tournament with some success, of course, but we understand that this weekend will not make or break our season.

"It is a good early season test. We are excited to see how we perform."

Results against Bolivar are as follows, Monett wrestlers are listed first:

* 113-pounds Karter Brink pinned Riley Hawk in 1:45

* 120-pounds: Joel Barrientos fell to Luke Moffett, 3-2

* 126-pounds: Monett open

* 132-pounds: Gunnar Bradley defeated Jacob Matlock, 8-4

* 138-pounds: Angel Rabadan lost by pin to Seth Farr, in 2:45

* 145-pounds: Brody Crawford fell to Chase Hampton, 17-7

* 152-pounds: Onis Howard defeated Daryin Sharp, 8-4

* 160-pounds: Desmond Hill pinned Shawn Barnard in 1:01

* 170-pounds: Kellar McCully fell by pin to Clayton Chappell, in 1:33

* 182-pounds: Wesley Merriman pinned Samuel Lewright in 55 seconds

* 195-pounds: Double Forfeit

* 220-pounds: Ian Meyer pinned Koa Creech, in 1:00

* 285-pounds: Trevor Prewitt pinned Cameron Branstetter in 36 seconds

Junior varsity

* 152-pounds Cody Thompson fell to Logan Hawk, 5-2

* 152-pounds: Jordan Withnell pinned Draeden Thompson, in 1:37

* 160-pounds: Isaac Stone defeated Jack Hadank, 17-13

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