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More than half of Zan Fugitt’s matches this season have ended with him recording a pin in the first period. True to form, the Nixa 113-pound sophomore opened Class 4 District 5 action with two first-period pins Saturday.

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Win or lose, Ozark’s Thomas Rushing figured his return to the mat this winter after a two-year hiatus would be fulfilling.

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With his emotions beginning to overwhelm him, Deagan Fugitt gave a friendly nod to Nixa’s home crowd after his match Tuesday and hurriedly headed to a hallway outside the gym to gather himself.

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Ozark’s Braxton Strick and Hunter Tennison and Nixa’s Peyton Moore all find themselves undefeated at the start of the new year. They’re quick to add it’s no time to rest on their laurels.

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SPRINGFIELD — Ozark wasn’t quite able to catch team champion Lebanon at the Kinloch Tournament on Monday. But the Tigers gave a much better account of themselves while finishing runner-up than they did a few weeks ago in a 58-15 dual loss to the Yellowjackets.