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Hannibal's Leonard, Carroll advance to second round of state wrestling

Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 16, 2018 1:10 am

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Two Hannibal wrestlers advanced to the second round, and a third kept his season alive in the Class 3 state tournament Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

Tyler Leonard opened his 126-pound bracket with a 9-5 victory over Smithville's Jared Thornbrugh. Leonard (48-3) moves on to wrestle Pacific's Noah Patton (42-5) in Friday's quarterfinals

At 170 pounds, Austin Carroll pinned Union's Ryder Kuenzel in 3 minutes, 38 seconds to advance. Carroll (37-15) will wrestle Belton's Robert Weber (41-5) for a spot in the semifinals.

Chase Kirby lost his opening match at 220 pounds with a 12-3 major decision to Grain Valley's Jaden Worthington. Kirby, however, kept his season alive with a 1-0 victory over Carthage's Chris Perez in the wrestlebacks.

Kirby (30-15) will face the loser of the match between Platte County's Sage Smart (47-5) and Marshfield's Travin Plemmons (28-12) in the second round of wrestlebacks Friday.

In other action, Tyler Wilson lost twice at 132 pounds. He fell to Pacific's Gage Kassing in 1:41 in the opening round, and he fell to Van Horn's Preston Murphy in 17 seconds.

Wilson finishes season at 26-16.

Gavin Morawitz suffered two losses at 138 pounds. He was pinned by Neosho's Braxton Barnes in 1:14 in the opening round. In wrestlebacks, he suffered a technical fall in 4:32 to Platte County's Nick Filger. Morawitz's season ends at 32-22.

Kaleb Greening was pinned by McDonald County's Jack Teague in 4:32 in opening match at 145 pounds. He then suffered a 6-4 loss in wrestlebacks to Hillsboro's Jordon Sanders, ending his season at 34-17.

Vernell Hawkins was pinned by Farmington's Dylan Allen in 2:30 in opening round at 160 pounds. He fell in 1:41 in wrestlebacks to Kearney's Ethan Locke, ending his season at 13-13.

At 195 pounds, Jameson White opened with a 7-1 setback to Carl Junction's Jesse Cassatt. His season ended when he was pinned by Warrensburg's Jacob McKinney in 58 seconds in wrestlebacks. White finishes at 26-28.