Nixa’s Peyton Moore will become the first Eagle to wrestle for a state championship since Christian Lance won the Class 4 220-pound title in 2015. With a semifinal win Friday, Moore earned a berth in the 106-pound final at the Class 4 State Tournament.
Moore, a freshman, defeated Blue Springs sophomore Cayden Dotson (46-8) 5-2 in the semifinal round. It was Moore's second three-point win of the day.
Moore (45-9) advances to meet another freshman, Liberty's Easton Hilton (47-4) on Saturday.
Hilton won a 4-1 decision against DeSmet's Colton King (35-5) in the other semifinal.
Moore collected an 8-5 victory earlier Friday against Park Hill’s Cael Keck in quarterfinal action. It raised the freshman’s record to 44-9.
Nixa sophomore Kolyn Eli kept his medal hopes alive by winning in the second round of wrestlebacks. He gained a 3-0 win over Liberty’s Logan Rathjen to improve to 45-15.
Elsewhere in wrestlebacks, Ozark Wyatt Snyder (113) and Clayton Moison (120) and Nixa’s Deagan Fugitt (113) were all eliminated in the second round of wrestlebacks. Snyder lost 5-2 to Jefferson City’s Garrett Butell. Fugitt lost 11-3 to Francis Howell’s Eric Lovelace. Moison fell 7-1 to Belton’s Brayden Bradley.
In the girls tourney, Nixa's Ashlyn Eli fell in the semifinal round at 103 pounds Friday. She was pinned by Kearney's Emalie Olson in 1:00.
Eli (23-2) was due to meet Camdenton's Taylor Mustain in wrestlebacks.