The Missouri Military Academy Fighting Colonels wrestlers competed in their first tournament of the season December 5. Cadets faced 24 opposing teams and finished in 8th place, scoring 51 points.
Six of the 8 MMA wrestlers who competed placed in the top 8 of their respective brackets.
Yunil Jeon, fourth place, 126 lbs, 2-2 with two wins via pin fall
Oscar Garcia, third place, 145 lbs, 3-1 with two wins via pin fall and one via decision
Gregory Prinster, eighth place, 160 lbs, 1-4 with pin at 3:11 mark
Charles Norman, fifth place, 182 lbs, 2-2 with wins via pin
Evan Willimon, sixth place, 195 lbs, 1-3 with pin at 1:31 mark
Sky Thunderchild, sixth place, 285 lbs
Each competing in their first tournaments, Edward Cha went 0-4 in the 152 lbs bracket while Samuel Guo went 1-2 with a win via pin fall in the 170 lbs bracket.
The Colonels helped make history December 8, falling 53-18 against North Callaway in the school’s first-ever home match. Charles Norman (182) won a match via pin to score MMA’s 18 points.
The Colonels placed 12th out of 20 teams on December 12 at the Versailles Invitational. MMA’s highest placer was Kenneth Westcott (220) who finished second overall and won three times via pin. Styles Fountain (126) went 1-2, placing third in his weight class and winning via pin.
MMA’s wrestling Colonels fell 15-54 against Eldon on January 12 in their first match of the spring semester.
Winning their individual matches were:
Kenneth Westcott (6-0) at 220 lbs
Wyatt Brewer (6-0) at 182 lbs
Edward Cha (3-0) at 145 lbs
Missouri Military Academy faced five opposing teams January 16 at the East Union Dual Tournament in Afton, Iowa. Cadets went 1-4 and placed fifth as a team.
In round one, the Dowling Catholic JV squad defeated MMA 73-6. Winning his match and scoring six points for MMA was Charles Norman (195lb). In round two, MMA fell 12-60 versus Ogden. Gregory Prinster (152lb) gave a notable performance, defeating his opponent and earning 6 points for the team. In round three, MMA fell 18-54 versus East Union. Prinster again defeated his opponent, as did Kenneth Westcott (220lb). In round four, MMA fell 54-30 against the Prairie City Monroe JV squad, with Styles Fountain (126lb) winning his match.
The Colonels triumphed in round five, defeating Coon Rapids-Bayard by 36-30.
On January 23, MMA competed at the Hickman Varsity Invite 2016 against teams from 12 opposing schools. Francisco Siller (220 lb) placed seventh and Styles Fountain (126 lb) placed ninth, scoring 3 team points and winning by decision over his Rock Bridge opponent.
On January 30, MMA wrestlers competed against 15 opposing schools in the Warrensburg Invitational, placing 12th overall with a total of 34 points.
Styles Fountain placed 3rd in the 126lb bracket, scoring 13 team points and going 2-3. Gregory Prinster placed 7th in the 152lb bracket, scoring 7 team points and going 2-3. Wyatt Brewer placed 7th in the 182lb bracket, scoring 4 team points and going 1-4. Francisco Siller placed 4th in the 195B bracket, earning 4 team points and going 0-3. Kenneth Westcott placed 6th in the 220lb category, scoring 5 team points and going 1-3. Sky Thunderchild placed 8th in the 285lb bracket, scoring 1 team point and going 0-4.
Six Missouri Military Academy wrestlers faced Moberly on February 4 in the Centennial Gymtorium, scoring 6 team points to Moberly’s 78. The evening’s highlight was the 220lb weight class division: Kenneth Westcott’s victory over his Moberly opponent by fall at 3:50.
WESTCOTT: When I won last night it felt pretty amazing. That’s one reason why I love wrestling you can be down in points come back and get the pin and win. Honestly after I pinned him, I was like wow. I really loved the core coming to support us that was amazing, how loud they got after the pin and right before it was unbelievable. When that moment happened in my head I just embraced it and let everyone congratulate me but later that night I thought to myself this is a moment I will remember the rest of my life.
“In the short time that I have been at Missouri Military Academy, I have never seen the fan support for your fellow athletes that I witnessed last night! It was outstanding!” Farley said in an e-mail to the Corps. “Westcott won his match last night because of your support. It was noisy. It was loud. It was awesome!”
The Colonels competed against 19 teams February 6 in the Albany Invitational, placing eighth overall.
Styles Fountain placed second in the 126lb weight class, winning by fall over his Albany and Stanberry opponents and scoring 14 team points. Gregory Prinster placed 7th in the 152lb weight class, winning by fall over his Smithville and North Andrew opponents and scoring 6 team points. Charles Norman placed third in the 195lb weight class, winning by fall over his Tarkio and Stanberry opponents and scoring 11 team points. Kenneth Westcott placed 5th in the 220lb weight class, winning by fall over his Albany JV and Penney JV opponents and scoring 11 team points.
On February 12 and 13, the MMA wrestling squad competed at the MSHSAA Class 1, District 2 wrestling tournament, tying for 14th place overall. Fountain won by decision over North Callaway and via fall over Centralia. Westcott won against Versailles and Seneca via pin, finishing fourth overall and advancing to state competition.
“He has definitely worked hard to achieve his goals this year,” Farley said. “It is my hope that Westcott’s accomplishment will show his fellow cadets that not giving up on your goals, believing in yourself and hard work can lead to great things. We can blame others all day long for not achieving success, but if a person continues to believe and work, success will be achieved.”
On February 19, Westcott competed at the state wrestling tournament in the 220lb bracket.
Westcott fell to his Brookfield opponent in round one but bounced back with a win via pin fall over his Brentwood opponent in his second match. Westcott wrestled his final match of the season when he was defeated by his Blair Oaks opponent. Westcott finished the season with an 18-14 record.
Cadets also assisted in the Introduction to Olympic Styles of Wrestling Camp which was held February 22 to 25.
“The goal of the camp is to help prepare the wrestlers in the mid-Missouri area make the transition from folkstyle to freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling,” Bowen said.