Guy Ellis

The Grove Ridgerunner wrestling team spent last weekend on the NEO A&M campus competing in the IBC Mudville Dual Tournament and came away with the runner-up trophy.

The GHS grapplers, defending 3A State Champions, lost a close 45-33 dual in the Championship finals last Saturday evening to the Joplin Eagles club. A Grove forfeit in the 171 lbs round, due to injury, was the difference in the face off.

The tournament results bring the Ridgerunner dual record to 8-1 for the season. Grove opened dual competition with a 64-12 win over Stilwell two weeks ago.

The Ridgerunners landed two student-athletes on the All Tournament team. Senior Connor Sarwinski, at 152 lbs, went 8-0 for the meet with three falls and five decisions. Sophomore Spencer Rutherford posted an 8-0 record in Miami with seven pins.

The Ridgerunners recorded five pins in the finals against Joplin. Sophomore Damien Hopper, at 112 lbs; junior Zach Housley, at 119 lbs; Rutherford, at 130 lbs; senior Dusty Gehrke, at 160 lbs; and junior Weston Culvey, at 215 lbs; all recorded falls over their Joplin opponents. Sarwinski took an 11-6 decision in his 152 lbs match in the finals.

Ridgerunners @ Mudville Dual Tournament

Round 1    Grove 54    Caney 24

Round 2    Grove 72    “Mystery Team” 12

Round 3    Grove 48    Webb City 29

Round 4    Grove 45    Pryor 28

Round 5    Grove 48    Owasso 30

Round 6    Bye

Round 7    Grove 57    McDonald Co 18

Semi Finals    Grove 44    Piedmont 25

Finals        Grove 33    Joplin 45

All-tournament team

103 — Brycen Miner, Joplin, Mo.

112 — Nate Hudson, Caney, Kan.

119 — Caleb Bourland, Bentonville, Ark.

125 — Dakota Goins, Owasso

130 — Spencer Rutherford, Grove

135 — Richard Rogers, Webb City, Mo.

140 — Blaine Fields, Miami

145 — Austin Karns, Joplin, Mo.

152 — Connor Sarwinski, Grove

160 — Tatyn Fee, Pryor

171 — Jake Price, Caney, Kan.

189 — Justin Jacks, Webb City, Mo.

215 — Matt Horton, McDonald County, Mo.

Hwt — Dakota Denny, Caney, Kan.