Nevada grapplers qualify for state tournament
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Three members of the Nevada Tigers wrestling team qualified for the Class 2 state tournament, with one district championship and two third-place finishes Saturday, at Bolivar High School.
Sophomore Dayton Miller improved to 37-5 on the season with four wins in four matches at 113 pounds, including a pin of Monett's Sean Jastal, 1 minute, 34 seconds into the third period, in the finals. Of the four victories Miller had in the tournament, three came by pin, in an average of a little more than 1:16.
His other victory came in the tournament's opening round, when he received a bye.
Junior Daxtyn Hiestand edged Clinton's Samuel Bayless, 7-5, in the third-place match at 126 and will take a 31-15 record into the state tournament. In the five bouts he wrestled, Hiestand earned one victory by fall and won three more by decision or major decision, only dropping one bout.
Sophomore Scott Swink pinned Ben Martin, Logan-Rogersville, in 1:45 to take third at 182 and is 32-14, going into the state tournament. In his six bouts, Swink won four by pin and received one bye, also only losing once.
Pleasant Hill won the team championship with 178 points and Monett was second with 160.5. Nevada finished seventh with 99 points, one more than Logan-Rogersville's 98.
The 84th annual MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships are set to begin Thursday morning, in the Mizzou Arena, at Columbia, Mo.
Miller's first-round opponent will be Affton freshman Brayton Tucker, who's 25-12. Hiestand's opponent in the first round at 126 pounds will be Lutheran South senior Eli Paetow, who is 33-4 and Swink's first-round opponent will be Ste. Genevieve senior Corey Heberlie, who's 32-4 this season.