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  • Hannibal youth wrestling prepares for district play

  • The Hannibal Youth Wrestling Club started its season in November and now is sending 31 wrestlers to districts on March 3, in Mexico, Mo.

    HYWC has 58 wrestlers. Some of the athletes are beginners and some are more advances. 

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  • The Hannibal Youth Wrestling Club started its season in November and now is sending 31 wrestlers to districts on March 3, in Mexico, Mo.
    HYWC has 58 wrestlers. Some of the athletes are beginners and some are more advances.
    HYWC has practice four nights a week. Their wrestlers have had the opportunity to travel to tournaments every weekend and most have done so.
    The team has competed in Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma, Indiana, and all over Missouri. As a team, Hannibal has been successful. Several of the wrestlers have
    accomplished a great deal this season, following is a few of those examples.
    First year wrestler Logan Pickett battled at the Hannibal tournament and won the Phillip Perry award. Logan has obtained four trophies since the beginning of season and was third place at Rookie State. Logan says he is ready for districts.
    Second year wrestler Bradyn Adkins has shown signs of improvement from his first year. He has won at least one match at each tournament this year by pin and has finished third or higher in each competition. Most opponents have five years experience by his age. He is looking forward to wrestling next year at HMS.
    Tyler and Tanner Leonard both compete in the 65 pound bracket. Tyler in 10 and under and Tanner in 8 and under. Both are coming off first place finishes at AAU state and are AAU state champions.
    Ross Arch has been competing at 10 and under at 75 pounds and just finished second at AAU State.
    Collin Arch has been competing at 8 and under at 50 pounds and just finished second place at AAU State. He also finished fourth place at Liberty Nationals at 45 pounds achieving All American Status.
    Tyler Hardy has been dominant in USA 8 and under this year. Hardy was picked to be on the district dual team. He has also placed in two national tournaments.
    Gary Culp has championed most of the tournaments this year and was third place at AAU State. Culp was seeded second at the district meeting.
    Cody Culp is a State Champion in USA state at six and under. Cody has had success in USA and AAU all year.
    Chad Culp is an AAU State Champion and a Missouri National Challenge champion. Chad would have achieved the Triple Crown award but everyone scratched in his bracket at Ozark Nationals. He placed third at Indy Nationals.
    First-year wrestler Caden Graham has shown improvement since the beginning of the season. Graham is now a Rookie State Champion.
    Cameron Foust was second place at AAU State and has had success at multiple tournaments this year. Foust is known for his throwing prowess.
    Ryan Ross was fourth at Rookie State.
    Kane Wilson was fifth at Rookie State. Rookie State is the same as big state for six year olds so placing is a big accomplishment.
    Page 2 of 2 - Matt Wilson has had some big wins over state placers this year and was seeded at districts. Wilson has set a career goal for himself of achieving 100 pins and is currently just 10 away from making that goal.
    Chandler Arnett has won all his matches in USA but one. Arnett dominated last year’s USA State Champion with a pin and was seeded No. 1 for districts and has already defeated all the wrestlers he will have to face. This is his third year wrestling.
    Noah Harrell is an AAU State Champion and has been victorious in most of his matches this year. Harrell is commonly ranked as the best 75 pound 12 and under in the state of Missouri.
    Harrell proved his status at Missouri National Challenge by defeating Christian Zeik. Zeik has won state three times and won several national tournaments. Despite
    Harrell being a young 12U going into the state series he is still favored to emerge as its champion.
    Carter Smith is an AAU State Champion and has won the Triple Crown in AAU. If a wrestler wins Ozark Nationals, Missouri National Challenge and AAU State they achieve Triple Crown status.
    Smith has also gained All American status this year. Smith had to wrestle off to be on the District 7 dual team and won his spot and went undefeated in the District Dual tournament. He had to wrestle a multi All American twice that day and some of the best in Missouri but managed to come out on top.
    Steve Neff is the coach of the team.
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