By Tim Schmidt, General Manager
Seven wrestlers from Wentzville captured state medals Saturday, led by a runner-up showing from Timberland’s Anthony Pisciotta in the Class 4 113-pound championship bout.
Other Timberland teammates who joined Pisciotta on the medal stand were Cameron Spires, who placed third at 120 pounds, and Cody Brave, who was fifth at 285.
Colton Hawks had the best individual performance for Holt with a fourth-place medal at 152 pounds. Other medalists for the Indians were Nathan Undertajlo and Jeff Farris, who both placed fifth at 113 and 138 pounds, respectively.
In the team standings, Timberland finished in a tie for 12th with Parkway South. Holt was 14th with 52 points.
In the championship, Pisciotta lost a 10-0 decision to Seckman’s Kai Orine. He advanced to the title match with three consecutive wins. He defeated Park Hill’s Trey Safford by fall in the first round and won back-to-back 3-1 decisions over Lafayette’s Jaylen Carson and Marquette’s Jack Lenox.
Spires won five of his six bouts, including his last four. In the third-place match, he won a 6-0 decision over Francis Howell’s Tyler Kreith. At 285, Brave won the fifth-place match by pinfall in 1:34.
For Holt, Hawks was pinned in the first round by Staley’s Charley Genisio in the third-place match. Hawks won four of his six matches at state, including three consecutive in the wrestlebacks.
Both Undertajlo and Farris ended state on a winning note with wins in their fifth-place matches. Undertajlo defeated North Kansas City’s Demetrius Trotter in a 2-0 decision, while Farris won a 19-8 decision over Fort Osage’s Collen Divers.
Also competing at state for Timberland were Brandon Khoury (106), Caleb Conedera (126), Justin Steffeny (152), Joseph McCoy (195) and Ben Holmes (220).
Other state qualifiers for Holt were Cameron Smith (106), Kyle Tucker (120), Max Worth (126), Joel Hagemeier (132), Cole Mueller (182) and Sam Vining (195).
Steinhoff claims medal
Liberty’s Cameron Steinhoff clinched the second individual medal in program history with a superb effort in the wrestlebacks.
He captured a fifth-place medal by winning by medical forfeit over Evan Winder of Helias in the Class 3 106-pound class.
Steinhoff, who finished the season with a 40-9 record, won four of six matches at state.
The Eagles had four other wrestlers competing at state.
Christian Zeik lost in the second round of wrestlebacks at 138 pound due to a medical forfeit. He had split his first two matches, winning in the first round by a 10-1 decision over Helias’ Dustin Luebbert.
Three other grapplers — Jacob Simpson, Hunter Chaney and Trentin Helton — also competed. at state.