Smith-Cotton wrestled some tough competition in Kearney Saturday at the Bill Skillman Memorial Team Dual Tournament. SC finished the day with a 2-3 record. The home team won the tournament with a 5-0 record and Liberty North earned the second spot with a 4-1 record.

Gauge Young led the way for the Tigers with a 5-0 record. Young had three falls against Kearney, Harrisonville, and Liberty North. Young also wrestled to an 11-4 Major Decision against Rockwood Summit. His last victory was a forfeit against Clinton.

“Gauge had a great Saturday of wrestling. He came out focused and stayed focused on his goals for each match,” Coach Charlie McFail said.

Two other wrestlers finished with 4-1 records. Blake Pomajzl and Connor Siron showed some great leadership and great wrestling for the Tigers.

Siron earned four falls against Kearney, Clinton, Rockwood Summit, and Harrisonville. His lone loss came by a Tech. Fall at the hands of the Liberty North 120lb wrestler.

Pomajzl earned falls against Clinton and Liberty North. He also wrestled his way to a Tech. Fall against Harrisonville. Blake then had two very tough matches that went the full 6 minutes. He won by decision against Kearney. His lone loss was an overtime thriller against Rockwood Summit.

“It was a tough day. The guys wrestled tough and battled all day long. The results did not always end up in their favor, but they never quit working. They continually got themselves ready for their next match, no matter how things were going for them. I am proud of their resiliency and their continued effort," McFail said.

Randy Kirby