CHS Wrestling opened their 2020-21 season in good fashion winning three duals at a Quad meet in Moberly December 3rd followed by a 1-2 showing at the Liberty Quad in Wentzville December 6th.
At Moberly, Centralia scored resounding victories over Columbia’s Battle High School 69-6 and Hallsville 51-23 but needed a criteria point to break a tie-score at the end of the dual to secure the 40-39 win against host school Moberly.
Leading the way for Centralia at Moberly were Brayden Dubes (120), Brayden Shelton (152), Khader Saleh (182) and Nate Reno (195) each going undefeated on the evening with a combined 10 wins by fall and one 8-1 decision.
Traditionally, CHS opens tournament competition at the annual Marceline Tiger Mat Classic. But, in the tumultuous and uncertainty of COVID related scheduling, the Marceline Tournament was cancelled and Head Coach Luke Gramke secured fill-in competition at the Wentzville Liberty Quad. At Wentzville, CHS defeated Washington 54-24 but fell to Lebanon 24-53 and Wentzville Liberty 33-42. Four Panthers combined for a display of 11-0 dominance on the day including Brayden Dubes, Kyden Wilkerson (145), Shelton and Sam Lynn (220). Competing against the larger Class 3 schools found several weight classes expectedly competitive and without exception that was the case at 285. Following a 3-2 decision over Zachary Smith of Lebanon, Seth Hasekamp (285) dropped a hard-fought 3-4 decision to Liberty’s Matthew Craig, currently ranked 6th in Class 3 followed by a deceptively close loss by fall in 3: 53 to Gavin Holtmeyer of Washinton – the returning 6th place medalist and presently ranked 5th in Class 3 according to RankWrestlers.com.
CHS is scheduled to compete next at the Versailles Tournament December 12th followed by a home meet December 15, hosting Hannibal and Boonville.