Wildcats Wrestlers Come Up Short At State

Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
All three Warsaw Wildcats wrestlers advanced to the second day of the 2020 MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships last week at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, but ultimately all three came up just short on Friday, ending their respective seasons just shy of their season-long goals of making the podium at their biggest tournament of the year.  
At the 106 pound weight class, freshman Elijah Dority eased his first day nerves with a pin of Trevor Bone of Gateway Science Academy at the 1:25 mark of the first period.  
In the 126 pound weight class, freshman Nick Bagley fought to an 11-5 decision over Nathan Hyde of Mid-Buchanan, also earning himself a bye for the rest of the day.  
At the 138 pound division, senior Patrick Surrell opened his tournament with a fall at the 5:04 mark to Andrew Beane of Lathrop.  However, Surrell would battle back later in the morning with a 4-1 decision over Troquan Mays of New Madrid County Central, also living to fight yet another day.
On Friday, Dority was the victim of a first round pin by Brayden Dubes of Centralia in his first match.  He was eliminated later in the day by a narrow 3-1 decision to Clancey Woodward of Mid-Buchanan.
Bagley also dropped his first match on Friday, a fall right at the 2:00 mark.  However, Bagley recovered in the consolation round later in the morning by pinning Austin Perry of New Madrid County Central at the 4:13 mark of the bout.  Bagley’s win advanced him to Friday evening where he was eventually eliminated by Brendin Patrick of Butler by way of a 15-0 technical fall.  
Surrell’s season was ended in his first match of Friday when he was victim of a pin to Xavier Smith of Hancock at the 4:02 mark of the contest.  
“I was proud that all three of our wrestlers were able to get at least one win at the state tournament,” Wildcats coach Eric Nolan said.  “Nick (Bagley) came within one win of being All-State and I hope that he and Elijah’s experiences motivate them to improve their performances in the future.”
Nolan went on to say, “Patrick carried his strong district performance into the state tournament, but came up just short of his goal of winning a medal.  He did a great job of stepping up for his senior season though.”
Dority, Bagley and Surrell’s detailed state results are as follows:
106 lbs
Elijah Dority, 26-9
Championship Round 1 - Elijah Dority (Warsaw), 26-9 won by Fall over Trevor Bone (Gateway Science Academy ), 24-11, Fall, 1:25.
Quarterfinal - Brayden Dubes (Centralia), 50-3 won by Fall over Elijah Dority (Warsaw), 26-9, Fall, 1:24
Consolation Round 2 - Clancey Woodward (Mid-Buchanan), 29-21 won by Decision over Elijah Dority (Warsaw), 26-9, Decision, 3-1.
126 lbs
Nick Bagley, 27-13
Championship Round 1 - Nick Bagley (Warsaw), 27-13 won by Decision over Nathan Hyde (Mid-Buchanan), 33-9, Decision, 11-5.
Quarterfinal - Jaden Abongo (Brookfield), 38-8 won by Fall over Nick Bagley (Warsaw), 27-13, Fall, 2:00.
Consolation Round 2 - Nick Bagley (Warsaw), 27-13 won by Fall over Austin Perry (New Madrid County Central), 28-7, Fall, 4:13.
Consolation Round 3 - Brendin Patrick (Butler), 48-2 won by Technical Fall over Nick Bagley (Warsaw), 27-13, Technical Fall, 1.5, 3:28, 15-0.
138 lbs
Patrick Surrell, 25-15
Championship Round 1 - Andrew Beane (Lathrop), 40-8 won by Fall over Patrick Surrell (Warsaw), 25-15, Fall, 5:04.
Consolation Round 1 - Patrick Surrell (Warsaw), 25-15 won by Decision over Troquan Mays (New Madrid County Central), 23-14, Decision, 4-1.
Consolation Round 2 - Xavier Smith (Hancock), 28-11 won by Fall over Patrick Surrell (Warsaw), 25-15, Fall, 4:02.