Two Republic Tigers medal at Central Ozarks Conference Championship

Two Republic wrestlers earned medals at the Central Ozark Conference championships Satur- day in Ozark. Jonathan O’Connell finished first in the 138-pound weight class, and Michael Taylor finished second at 132 pounds.
O’Connell opened the tournament with a pin against Phillip Leithauser of Carl Junction, then pinned Jackson Taylor of Webb City in just over a minute. After a major deci- sion against Nixa’s Ethan Shepherd, O’Connell pinned Bret Camerer of Neosho in the semifinals. He won a major decision (12–0) against Branson’s Caden Lorenz for the title.
Taylor started his tour- nament with two pins against Brantley Carter of Webb City and Riley Newsom of Ozark before receiving a bye. He fol- lowed that up with a 7–6 come-from-behind win over Holden Hughes of Carl Junction before dropping a 7–2 decision to Neosho’s Kolton Sanders in the championship match.
Taylor and O’Connell were Republic’s only two medalists.


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