Welcome home State Champion Class 3: Neosho Wrestling

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The Neosho wrestling dynasty shows again this year as a winner at the state tournament

NEOSHO, Mo. — Class 3 State Champion Wrestling Team, Neosho. They have come home champions 9 of the last 11 years. Even at 3:19 AM they get a Neosho Police, Neosho Fire Department, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies to escort them back into the city!

This year fireworks shot across the sky too! Congratulations Wildcat Wrestlers.

Head Wrestling Coach Jeremy Phillips is a principal at Neosho Carver Elementary. And this past year earned his Doctorate in Education. He has energized and inspired Neosho wrestlers for years in the Wildcat Nation.

“I don’t really try to stop and look at all the things the Neosho Wrestling Program has done. But when you look at it, that they have won 9 state titles in the past 11 years? It’s pretty special. And it’s not because of myself, it’s a collective group of people. We put warriors on the mat year after year because we reload we don’t rebuild. This was a heck of a ride. I enjoyed the journey. You guys did as well, I know you did [he gathers the wrestlers into a circle pit]. We ride together [echo: we die together, we are bad boys for life. laughing] We watched Bad Boys a lot the last three days [laughing] it really set the tone for the week.

  • Ray Hembree (106) 2nd
  • Kolton Sanders (132) 1st
  • Kaden Auch 1st (152) (3x champ)
  • Jeremiah Larson (182) 1st
  • Drayke Perry (220) 1st
  • Zane Persinger (285) 2nd
  • Landon Kivett (113) 6th
  • Keaton Sanders (160)

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