MV’s Ward, SJA’s Lautt win weight classes at Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic
Council Bluffs, Iowa Mill Valley junior Conner Ward won the 132-pound weight class Saturday at the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic to lead the Jaguars to sixth place.
Ward improved his record to 10-1 on the season after winning a 3-1 decision over Basehor-Linwood's Corbin Nirschl in the championship match.
Bryson Markovich also made an appearance in the semifinals at the 126-pound division for Mill Valley. Markovich reached the semifinals by edging St. James Academy's Drew Ernsdorff by a 6-4 decision. The Jaguar 126-pounder went on to be pinned in the second period by Underwood's Alex Thomsen in the semifinals before dropping a 7-0 decision to Maysville R2's Dylan Wade in the third-place match.
Jarrett and Jett Bendure rounded out the placers for the Jaguars after respectively finishing sixth in the 138 and 160-pound weight classes.
While Ernsdorff narrowly missed out on a spot in the semifinals, he went on to place ninth in the 126-pound bracket as he helped the Thunder finish 20th.
St. James senior Clay Lautt led the Thunder by winning the 182-pound weight class. Lautt (11-0) came up with six first-period pins to earn a spot in the championship match against Glenwood's Anthony Sherry. Lautt had to go the distance against Sherry, as he won by a 7-6 decision.
Fellow St. James senior Sammy Cokeley (9-1) also competed for a weight class championship in the 170-pound bracket. Cokeley received a first-round bye before picking up four first-period pins. The St. James senior then won a 5-3 decision over Olathe South's Nick Jouret in the semifinals before falling to Ames' Marcus Coleman by a 12-9 decision in the title match.
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