Five state bound OHS wrestlers

By: 
Will Johnson

STE GENEVIEVE — As if reaching 100 wins wasn’t enough, Dutchmen senior Dustin Jahnsen joined some exclusive company again following the MSHSAA Class 2, District 1 Wrestling Tournament over the weekend at Ste. Genevieve High School.

Punching his fourth ticket to Columbia and the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships with a semifinal victory at 145 pounds, Jahnsen joined Beau Viehmann, Danny Branson and A.J. Harrell as four-time state qualifiers in the history of the Owensville High School wrestling program.

Pinning his way into the semifinals with wins by fall over Carl Morrow (Lift for Life Academy) and Clayton McDonald (Central Park Hills), Jahnsen had a familiar foe standing between him and a fourth trip to state.

Wrestling Sullivan’s Isaac Peregoy for the second time in a week, Dustin won a 16-2 major decision to cement his spot in the state tournament at 145 pounds.

In the district championship match, Jahnsen was pinned by Ste. Genevieve senior Jared Humbolt in 1:37 making him the district runner-up.

In his first-round bout at state, Jahnsen will face Cameron senior Kayne Lamison.

Drawing a bye into the quarterfinals, 120-pound senior Austin Angell opened his quest for Columbia against St. James freshman Jaden Settle.

Scoring a quick takedown, Angell went on to pin the Tiger freshman in 1:09.

Pinned in the semifinals by eventual district champion Seth Harris (Dexter) in :22, Angell faced Gavin Ward (CPH) with a trip to state on the line.

Leading 6-3 after two periods, Austin only allowed an escape to win a 6-4 decision over the Rebel freshman punching his ticket to state.

Awaiting the Dutchmen senior in his first-round match at state will be Odessa sophomore Austin Coons.

Looking to make it a trio of seniors, Tanner Rector also drew a first-round bye at 160 pounds.

Facing Potosi’s Thomas Gamble in the quarterfinals, Rector only needed :54 to pin the Trojan grappler and advance to the semifinals.

Leading Affton’s Michael Moran 5-0 after one period, Tanner clinched his second trip to state with a win by fall in 2:51.

This set up a fourth showdown between Rector and Sullivan’s Alec McCormick in the district championship match at 160 pounds.

Winning two of the first three, Rector hoped to make it three or four and win a district title.

Trailing 5-0 after one period, Tanner could only manage an escape before being pinned by the Eagle senior in 3:06 to settle for second place at 160 pounds.

Tanner’s first-round foe at state will be Moberly junior Luke Slater.

Seeded third at 195 pounds, Colton Moore looked to make it four seniors ending their Dutchmen wrestling careers at state.

Drawing a bye to the quarterfinals, Moore opened his tournament Friday night against Central Park Hills sophomore Joshua Whaley.

Needing just 1:03, Colton pinned his way into a semifinal match up with St. Clair’s Aaron Herman.

Pinned in 1:53, the Dutchmen senior now had to face Kennett junior Zachary Lewis in the consolation semifinals with a state berth on the line.

Leading 4-0 after two periods, Moore scored seven points in the final two-minute period to win an 11-2 major decision punching his ticket to state wrestling.

Matched up with Ste. Genevieve’s Tyler Jenkins in the third-place match, Colton overcame a 5-0 deficit after one period to win an 8-5 decision and third place.

Colton’s first-round opponent at 195 pounds Thursday morning in Columbia will be Oak Grove sophomore Tolin Lewis.

Junior Blaine Schoenfeld was also seeded in the top four at 152 pounds looking to join the OHS senior quartet at state.

Pinning Borgia’s Brynner Frankenberg in :46 and winning a 2-0 decision over Potosi’s Jaydee Vick, Blaine earned a semifinal showdown with St. Clair’s Ryan Herman.

Pinned in 1:51, Schoenfeld came back to pin Affton’s Jacob Kelmendi in 2:54 booking his spot at state.

In the third-place match, Blaine lost a 5-4 decision to Vick. He will face Osage’s Austin Magnuson in first-round wrestling action in the state tournament at 152 pounds.

Class 1 and 2 wrestling at state will begin Thursday morning at 10 a.m., at Mizzou Arena on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

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