Harrisonville Holiday Tournament begins

Saturday, December 15, 2012


HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- The Nevada High School wrestling team had a productive opening night in the Harrisonville Holiday Tournament Friday night.

This year's tournament features 35 teams from 24 schools. Three different states are represented in the tournament with schools coming in from across the state of Missouri, as well as Deer Creek, Okla., and Sparta, Wisc.

Of the 10 wrestlers the Tigers took to the tournament, three came out of Friday's action undefeated and three more won at least two matches in the tournament's first four rounds. Slade Stiles and Dayton Miller were the most dominant for the Tigers as they each finished the night with two pins, a technical fall and a bye in four rounds.

Both Stiles and Miller have been the bright spots of the Tigers' lineup all season, winning a combined 31 of 32 bouts in their respective weight classes.

Colby Smith finished the night with two pins and a 4-3 decision victory to go along with his fourth-round bye at 220 pounds. Johnathan Ireland nearly came out of the night undefeated at 152, but was unable to make it past Sparta senior Dillon Erickson in the second round at 152.

Daxtyn Osburn and Dalton Shunkwiler each finished the night 2-2, while Colton McDowell, Scott Swink and Tucker Wingert all finished 1-3. Josh McDowell was unable to pick up a victory in the first four rounds, but officially sits at 1-4 for the tournament since he will start today's action with a fifth-round bye at 160.

Fifth-round pool bouts are scheduled to start today, at 9 a.m., at Harrisonville High School with bracket bouts to determine individual finishing order to follow.

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