By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tyler Janes didn't have to persuade any doctors to let him wrestle in the state tournament this year. The Hannibal junior was also happy that injuries didn't factor into his gameplans anymore.
Janes capitalized by beating DeSoto's Dalton Adams 6-0 in the 126-pound semifinals of the Class 3 Missouri state wrestling tournament at Mizzou Area on Friday. Last season, Janes wrestled on a broken leg he suffered eight weeks before the state tournament. Two years ago, Janes injured his neck and didn't qualify for state.
"This is definitely redemption for the last two years," Janes said. "I'm sick of injuries. I'm glad I'm finally healthy."'
Janes, along with Hannibal sophomore Chandler Fohey (106 pounds), both qualified for Saturday's finals. Sophomore Kyle Muehring lost 3-2 in the semifinals at 220 pounds and will compete in the wrestlebacks Saturday. Austin Janes (113) was eliminated after dropping two matches.
Fohey will make his second consecutive appearance in the state final against Platte County freshman Matthew Schmitt. He scored a takedown in the first period and beat Neosho's Kyler Rea 2-0 to advance to the finals.
"He was strong and he was good on his feet," Fohey said. "I just wanted to take him down and do my stuff. The three coaches in my corner help me prepare and push me everyday in practice."
Fohey will be looking for revenge in the finals. Schmitt beat him when they met two years ago in a youth tournament.
"I saw him two years ago in eighth grade at youth state. He beat me with what was a questionable call, I think," Fohey said. "He took me down out of bounds. I'm looking for redemption for two years ago."
Tyler Janes already has prepared for his opponent in the finals, Oak Park's Bradley Perkins. He's ready to execute.
"We've scouted him quite a bit. We have a gameplan figured out," Tyler Janes. "We've been watching videos of him we found online for a week now. I'm excited for it."