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Palmyra's Arch gets caught in state title match

Posted: Feb. 17, 2018 10:10 pm

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Ross Arch simply got caught.

With about 20 seconds remaining in the second period of Saturday's Class 1 138-pound wrestling championship match at Mizzou Arena, the Palmyra freshman got caught trying to turn Marceline's Clayton Stallo on his back.

Instead, Arch ended up on his back and was pinned in 3 minutes, 49 seconds, forcing the freshman to finish second.

"I got caught in a scramble and got stuck," Arch said. "That's all that really happened."

The loss was only the second for Arch this season. His first setback was a 5-2 decision to Mexico's Dillon Nichols, who won the Class 2 state title Saturday.

It was the only time this season Arch, who finishes his season 35-2, was stuck on his back in a match. Stallo finished with a 24-5 record.

"I think it's the first time since last year," Arch said. "I'm not used to being in that situation."

Stallo started the second period on the bottom and with a 2-1 advantage. He nearly escaped from Arch's grasp but couldn't get free. Arch spent the next minute trying to turn Stallo and score points.

Stallo again tried to get free, and Arch used that as an opportunity.

"I wanted to stop the scramble, and he got me on my back," Arch said.

In the first period, a scramble about a minute in allowed Stallo to score a takedown. Arch, however, escaped to make it 2-1.

Arch is eager to get back to state the next three seasons and capture the first state title in Palmyra wrestling history.

"I didn't get what I wanted," Arch said. "So next year I'm going to work to get that next year and the year after."

He also hopes the successful weekend helps the program grow. Palmyra started its wrestling program last year.

"I hope I put us more on the map," he said. "I hope this brings more interest for the team so we can grow and contend for team state titles and not just individual titles."

In other action, Hannibal had two grapplers earn state medals in the Class 3 state meet.

Freshman Tyler Leonard finished in sixth place in the 126-pound bracket. Leonard fell to Marshall's Dalton Landreth in 4:38. He lost 14-5 to Hillsboro's Nick Short in the wrestlebacks to move to the fifth-place match. Leonard finishes with a 49-6 record.

Senior Austin Carroll also finished sixth at 170 pounds. Carroll suffered a 4-2 setback to Neosho's Drayke Perry. He was pinned by Kearney's Matthew Witthar in wrestlebacks to move to the fifth-place match. Carroll ends his season with a 39-18 record.

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