Seven members of Kearney’s Class 3 state-champion wrestling squad received first-team honors on the Suburban Blue All-Conference wrestling team announced last week.
Heading the list of Bulldogs selected is senior 120-pounder Clayton Singh, who became the 27th four-time state champion in Missouri state history when he pinned Grain Valley’s Trent Starr in the title bout during the state wrestling tournament Feb. 17 at Mizzou Arena.
Kearney’s two other state finalists, sophomore Coby Aebersold (145) and junior Brett Mordecai (195), also earned first-team honors.
They were joined by freshman Garrett Deason (106) and junior James Freitag (113), who both finished fourth at state, along with sophomore Devan Lewis (132), who placed third at state, and sophomore Caden Green (138), who placed fifth at state.
Three-time state champion Cody Phippen was one of six Platte County wrestlers to make the first team. Phippen, a senior, won the 126 title and finished with a 50-3 record.
Sage Smart, a senior and the Class 3 state champion at 220 pounds, also was selected to the first team for the Pirates along with seniors Dakota Schmidt (182) and Matthew Knopp (285). Schmidt placed fourth at state and Knopp was a state qualifier.
Senior Blake Bills, who was fifth at state, also was chosen for the all-conference team at 120 pounds along with Singh, while senior Austin Kincaid shared the 132 spot with Lewis after placing fourth at state.
Belton’s three state champions — senior Joe Biondo (152) and juniors Andrew Gamble (160) and Robert Weber (170) — round out the first team.
Second-team selections were:
Belton — Antonio Rizzi, freshman, 106; Brayden Bradley, junior, 113; Jack Goin, junior, 182; Keegan Bradley, sophomore, 220.
Grandview — Mario Quezada, sophomore, 285.
Kearney — Pierce Garner, senior, 126; Ethan Locke, senior, 160; Matthew Witthar, junior, 170; Daniel Piburn, senior, 285.
Platte County — Nick Filger, junior, 138; Nolan Saale, junior, 145; Colton Davis, senior, 152.
Raytown South — Lewis Caples, senior, 195.
Honorable mention selections were:
Belton — Michael Biondo, freshman, 132; Robert Woltkamp, sophomore, 195.
Grandview — Henderson Moore, junior, 160.
Kearney — John Bradfield, senior, 152; Colt Post, sophomore, 182; Garrett Barker, senior, 220.
Platte County — Nick Maddux, junior, 113.
Raytown South — Andrew Carter, senior, 132; Cypress Boyd, sophomore, 138; Jared Serville, senior, 152.