The Reeds Spring Wolves had two wrestlers compete at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships last week at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Senior Broden LeMaster ended his outstanding high school wrestling career with a second-place finish in the 195-pound weight class, and senior Matt Kahnert won two matches in the 120-pound weight class before being eliminated.
"I am extremely proud of Matt Kahnert and Broden LeMaster," said Chris Teed, head wrestling coach at Reeds Spring High School. "This was a very tough state tournament and both of them battled hard and displayed a great deal of heart. It didn't go exactly how we wanted, but both Matt and Broden should be proud of their careers and the success they have had over the course of the last four years."
LeMaster, who finished his high school career with a record of 148-15, pinned each his first three opponents in the state tournament in less than a minute. He lost to Jacob Boyd of Smithville in the championship match by a score of 13-1. That was LeMaster's first loss of the season, as
he finished with a record of 25-1.
This was LeMaster’s fourth state medal, and his first silver medal. He has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at NCAA Division-I Edinboro University next season.
Matt Kahnert won his first match via pinfall (0:48), then lost to eventual second-
place finisher Alex Rivera of Smithville. In the consolation bracket, Kahnert defeated Logan Windsor of Odessa via pinfall (0:49) before being eliminated by Jason Landing of St. Clair.
Kahnert finished the season with a record of 36-12 and was a two-time state finalist in his high school career.
"They both have great futures ahead of them. I am so proud of the progress the whole team made this year. It is always encouraging when you can look back over the course of a season and measure the progress of the team," Teed said.