Peyton Moore clapped and nodded his head to the Nixa crowd in a sign of thanks Friday, as the Eagles’ faithful went wild voicing their approval for his season-opening victory.
Ashlyn Eli confessed to being riddled with nerves on more than one occasion during her freshman season on the mat last winter. One thing she didn't have to be concerned with that many of her cohorts fret about is weight.
When Zan Fugitt followed his older brother, Deagan, to the Class 4 State Wrestling Tournament last February, he didn’t journey to Columbia simply to cheer on Deagan.
Nixa’s Deagan Fugitt hasn’t been in contact with Ozark’s Wyatt Snyder since they both made the 113-pound field at State last season. He’s hoping to hear soon if Snyder is also making the jump to 120 pounds.
Peyton Moore predicts his response to a runner-up finish at the State Wrestling Championships will include being even more determined to bring home a gold medal over the next three seasons.
Nixa’s Peyton Moore lost by majority decision 10-0 Saturday at the State Wrestling Championships, as he made history by becoming the first Eagle freshman to ever compete for a state championship.
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.
Nixa freshman Peyton Moore was the only boys wrestler from Nixa or Ozark to emerge with a win in the first round of the Class 4 State Tournament on Thursday.
Kolyn Eli will be among the Nixa and Ozark wrestlers competing at State for the first time this weekend. But it won’t be Eli’s first trip to State.
Peyton Moore had to wait what he said, “seemed like forever,” in between his Class 4 District 3 semifinal and championship matches Saturday. But he was able to enjoy a championship feeling even before his final at 106 pounds was over.
Ashlyn Eli is pleasantly surprised to be carrying an 18-1 W-L record into the post-season, while emerging as the headliner for Nixa’s inaugural girls season on the mat.
Deagan Fugitt and Kolyn Eli will likely treat themselves to a bag or two of Skittles this week while taking advantage of a rare idle weekend.