Hickman wrestlers seventh at tournament

Saturday, December 15, 2012 | 11:33 p.m. CST

The Hickman wrestling team placed seventh Saturday at the 22-team Lee’s Summit Holiday Tournament at Lee’s Summit High School.

The Kewpeis' Josiah Kline won the 106-pound weight class, and J’den Cox won the 220-pound division. Cox's title came in a rematch of last year’s Class 4 state championship bout against Keyen Braughton of Liberty High School.

Hickman also had third-place finishes from Alex Shea (145 pounds)  and Ibraim Mushtalov (170). It was Mushtalov’s final match of his high school career.

“Ibraim will graduate at semester and move back with his relatives in Ohio,” Hickman coach J.D. Coffman said. “He’ll be a loss for us, but he wrestled great in his last tournament with Hickman.”

Rock Bridge did not place as a team but had four wrestlers finish well.

Sam Crane won the 145-pound weight class while Graham Ratterman was second at 138 pounds. Jason Kiehne earned a third at 132 pounds, and Sabien Cook finished sixth at 152 pounds.

Two Bruins wrestlers did not wrestle at the tournament. Cody Maly is rehabbing from a double labrum surgical procedure he had done in the summer, and Quinn Smith had fluid buildup around his knee and Maly.

“As a team, it hurts when you leave two state qualifiers at home,” he said.

Rock Bridge coach Travis Craig said he expects Smith to be back within a week and for Maly to return next month.

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