Monday, April 21, 2014

Hazelwood Central Hawk State Champion Commits to the Trojans

Hannibal, MO - The Hannibal-LaGrange University Wrestling program is pleased to have signed Khial Jamison from Florissant, MO. Jamison will graduate from Hazelwood Central High School in May of 2014. 

Khial Jamison compiled an impressive record of 42-2 during his senior season for the Hazelwood Central Hawks. At the Class 4 MO state wrestling tournament Jamison overcame Dustin Gray of Timberland with a 4-2 decision. The state finals matchup between Jamison and Gray at 170 lbs was a rematch between the two who had faced each other in the district finals. Gray was a returning state finalist facing Jamison who finished 6th in the previous state tournament. In the district matchup Gray was the winner. However, Jamison changed up his strategy in the finals match and stepped to the top of the winner’s platform as the 2014 Class 4 170 lb  MO state wrestling champion. Jamison makes history with the Trojans as the first MO Class 4 State Champion to wrestle for the Trojans.

To accompany Jamison’s monumental achievement in the Missouri state tournament he has also been recognized by the Hazelwood Central Hawks as the 2013&14 Outstanding Wrestler, 2014 SLOWA Supreme Wrestler Achiever, and 2014 SLOWA Senior of the Year. Jamison also led the Hawks this year with most falls, most takedowns, most wins, most match points. Jamison’s overall career record is 120-25. “I’m really excited that Khial has decided to be part of making history here at HLGU. Khial is an overcomer. He proved that this year facing a disappointing loss in districts to come back and win in the finals over Gray. He has the heart of the competitor that we are looking for in our program.  His achievements on the mat speak for itself. Khial knows college wrestling is a big step up, but we both believe he can come into our program and help make a difference.” said HLGU Head Wrestling Coach Scott Hawes. Jamison plans on wrestling at 174 pounds next season for the Trojans.

Jamison plans on majoring in Business at HLGU.

Jamison is the son of Greg and Karen Stevens and Howard Jamison III.

HLGU is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school and a member of the American Midwest Conference.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Excelsior Springs Tiger Joins The Trojans

Hannibal, MO - The Hannibal-LaGrange University Wrestling program is pleased to have signed Braxxtin Todd from Excelsior Springs, MO. Todd will graduate from Excelsior Springs High School in May of 2014. 

This season Todd compiled an impressive record of 36-8 and an overall career record of 115-52.  Todd is a 3 time state tournament qualifier qualifying in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Todd had a strong showing at the 2014 Missouri State Championships making it to the consolation finals and finishing 3rd at 160 lbs.  Todd was also a two-time 1st team All-Conference wrestler for the Excelsior Springs Tigers. “Braxxtin Todd has done a lot of off season wrestling and that shows he is dedicated wrestler. Todd has a history of working hard as he improved every season of his high school career. I’m looking forward to him making this next step of wrestling for me at the college level.  Todd has what it takes to be a competitive collegiate wrestler,” said HLGU Head Wrestling Coach Scott Hawes. Hawes continued, “Braxxtin is a great addition to our program. I’m excited to see what Braxxtin will accomplish next year." Todd plans on wrestling in the 157 lb weight class next year for HLGU.

Todd plans on majoring in Biology/Dental at HLGU.

Todd is the son of Fred and Stacey Todd.

HLGU is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school and a member of the American Midwest Conference.

Alexandar and Capp HLGU's First Wrestling All-Americans

TOPEKA, Kan. – Seniors Bryce Alexander and Dan Capp finished in sixth and eighth place, respectfully, in the NAIA National Championships, becoming the first NAIA All-Americans in HLGU wrestling history.
Alexander (165) started the tournament off with a bye before defeating Malcolm Johnson (Morningside) by fall in 6:54, advancing him into a quarterfinal match against Kafuba Donzon (Indiana Tech).
Alexander was awarded the third round win and advanced into the semifinals after Donzon was disqualified for an illegal move. However, the Maryville, Mo. native was given a concussion in his quarterfinal match, forcing him to medically forfeit his remaining matches and end the national championships in sixth place.
Capp (184) lost his first match of the championships by way of a 10-5 decision to Rulin Pederson (Morningside), sending the senior down into the consolation bracket where he finished 3-2 for an eighth place finish.
Capp bounced back from his early defeat with three straight wins by decision. His first win came against Marcus Zachary (Simpson) in a 4-2 decision while the Kansas City, Mo. native picked up another 4-2 win against Cody Sivertsen (Oklahoma City).
Capp guaranteed himself a top-eight finish and All-American status after defeating Kamron Jackson (Great Falls) by an 8-4 decision.
His winning streak finally came to an end in the next consolation match as Capp lost to Pederson again, this time by a 4-1 decision, to fall into a match against Jacob Abrams (Southern Oregon) for seventh place.
Capp lost his second straight as Abrams won by a 7-4 decision, giving Capp an eighth place finish.
Freshman Grant Godfrey joined Alexander in the 165-pound bracket, but was unable to make his way past the first day of the tournament.
The Ozark, Mo. native lost his first match by fall in 1:49 to Jacob Shirley (Cumberlands), sending him into the consolation bracket.
Godfrey pinned his next opponent, Jordon Ward (Bethany), in 1:08 before being knocked out of the championships by a 9-0 major decision to Trey Rhodes (Campbellsville).
Along with claiming their first two All-Americans, the Trojans finished the tournament in 21st place as a team, it's highest ever while competing in the NAIA National Championships.
-Jordan Argo/ HLGU SID

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Alexandar, Godfrey, Capp Trojans 2014 NAIA National Tournament Qualifiers

MARSHALL, Mo. – Hannibal-LaGrange qualified three wrestlers for the NAIA National Championships and finished eighth as a team Saturday while competing in the NAIA Central Qualifying Tournament.
Senior Bryce Alexander (165 lb.), freshman Grant Godfrey (165 lb.) and senior Dan Capp (184 lb.) all qualified for the NAIA Championships with top-five finishes at the qualifying tournament.
Alexander qualified for his fourth showing at the NAIA Championships with a third place finish in the 165 pound bracket. The Maryville, Mo. native closed out the tournament with a 4-1 record, including a victory over teammate Godfrey.
Alexander started the day off with back-to-back wins over Courtney Shavers (Benedictine) and Joshua Eidson (Lindenwood-Belleville) by way of a 6-0 decision and 13-3 major decision, respectfully. The senior suffered his lone loss of the tournament in an 8-3 decision against Jordon Ward (Bethany), placing him into the consolation bracket against Godfrey.
Alexander made quick work of his teammate, winning by fall in 33 seconds before taking third place with a 6-1 decision over Dylan King (Missouri Valley).
Godfrey also won his first match of the day, defeating Jamie Shawver (Oklahoma City) by a 12-6 decision. However, the freshman lost his next match by fall to eventual champion Chad Lowman (Grand View), placing him into the consolation bracket.
The Ozark, Mo. native followed the loss with a win by fall over Josue Terrones (Benedictine). Godfrey pinned Terrones in 1:37 before losing by fall to Alexander. The loss to his teammate placed Godfrey into the fifth place match against Eidson where he won by fall in 1:24 to claim a top-five finish in the 165 pound weight class.
Capp claimed an at-large bid into the NAIA Championships, giving the senior his third trip to the national championships after placing fifth in the Central Qualifying Tournament.
The Kansas City, native won his opening match with a 10-0 major decision over Vincent Opuiyo (Benedictine) before losing a 4-2 decision to Parker Owen (Baker). The loss sent Capp into the consolation bracket where he defeated Jose Hernandez (Benedictine) and Spencer Wilson (Bethany) by 7-2 and 5-4 decisions, respectfully.
Capp then fell by a 6-2 decision to eventual third place finisher Cody Sivertsen (Oklahoma City) and defeated John Hambleton (Baker) 5-3 to claim fifth place in the 184 pound weight class.
The three Trojan wrestlers will now prepare for the NAIA National Championships held in Topeka, Kan. on March 7-8.

--Jordan Argo, HLGU SID

Preliminary Brackets and NAIA Press Release

Monday, November 4, 2013

Trojans Claim Victory Over RedBirds

News Photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. – Hannibal-LaGrange defeated Illinois State 33-18 Saturday afternoon in its first match of the season.  The win gives HLGU its second straight victory over the Red Birds as the Trojans took last year's match 40-6.
"[Woods, McElfresh, Townsend, and Wright] have been working hard and they came through big for us and got us six points each [by fall] to help us win the dual," commented Head Coach Scott Hawes.  "I'm very proud of the team.  We had a lot of guys out with sickness and injury as well as some eligibility issues.  We had a young lineup step in and take the lead and they did a good job for us."
Sophomore Brady Sloup (125 lb.) opened the dual for Hannibal-LaGrange with a win by forfeit, giving HLGU an early 6-0 lead.
Sophomore Gary Woods (133 lb.) and freshman Caleb McElfresh (149 lb.) increased the Trojans' lead by 12 as each won by fall.
After giving up three points to Illinois State, HLGU pushed ahead with another win by fall.  Sophomore James Townsend (157 lb.) pinned Ryan Loy to up the Trojans' advantage to 24-3.  Freshman Jeremiah Reed (165 lb.) followed the pin with a 2-1 decision over Marcus McCall, giving Hannibal-LaGrange three more points.
Illinois State picked up 15 points during the next three matches to cut the Trojan lead down to 27-18.  Steve Burling won by fall over Trojan freshman Jacob Kaibel (174 lb.), Julio Perez won by a 3-2 decision over sophomore Seth Pierce (184 lb.) and Tom Mitrenga won by forfeit in the 197 lb. weight class.
In the final match of the afternoon, sophomore Michael Wright (285 lb.) put the finishing touches on the Red Birds with Hannibal-LaGrange's fourth win by fall.  Wright's victory over Kyle Ressinger gave HLGU six more points and a 15 point win.
The Trojans will now prepare for their next match on Thursday, Nov. 7.  The home dual against Benedictine is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. inside the Mabee Sports Complex.
-Jordan Argo, HLGU SID

Friday, October 25, 2013

Trojan Wrestling Kicks Off 6th Season

Hannibal, MO  - Hannibal-LaGrange University Trojan Wrestling program started its sixth season of competition this fall. After several weeks of lifting, conditioning, open mat and the start of practice, the Trojan wrestlers are starting to show signs they are ready to rumble on the mat. The Labor Day Weekend Camp out has become an annual Trojan wrestling tradition. The purpose of this camp out is for the coaches and wrestlers to have a team bonding experience. This year’s Labor Day camp out has sparked the fire for good team chemistry which has led to a high level of intensity in practice.  From the beginning of preseason our returning wrestlers have set the tone for the intensity of our practices and the new wrestlers have jumped right in giving us some spirited and intense practices. This season we have three seniors, Bryce Alexandar (184 Maryville, MO), Dan Capp (184 Kansas City, MO), and Dan Carey (197 Batavia, IL), who will lead the Trojans this year.  Returners who are back who will make an impact this season are Caleb Shuck (141 Willard, MO), Tyler Sonnabend (149 St. Louis, MO), James Townsend (157 Neosho, MO),  Mike Wright (HWT St. Clair, MO). Some newcomers to watch will be Brady Sloup  (125 Quincy, IL), Gary Woods (125/133 Fredricksburg, VA), Caleb McElfresh (125 Colorado Springs, CO), Kyle McClinton (141 Middleburg, FL)  Kyle Lippman (157 Winfield, MO), Jeremiah Reed (165 St. Peters, MO), Jacob Kaibel (165 Troy, MO), Seth Pierce (174 Liberty, MO), Robert Simons (197 Mustang, OK).  Other wrestlers who will be competing for HLGU throughout the season are Cameron Lanterman (165 Lake Isabella, CA),  LJ Downey (165 Baltimore, MD), Colton Bock (197 Monroe City, MO), Konner Braughton (197 Kansas City, MO),  Justin Whitaker (197 Kansas City, MO) Cody Carter (HWT Pittsfield, IL), Kenneth Stanger (HWT Troy, MO).  On a spiritual level I have been challenging our wrestlers daily to not strive for excellence just on the mat, but in the classroom and in life in Christ. This year I have been using legendary basketball Coach John Wooden and Jay Carty’s book called Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Playbook-Applying The Pyramid of Success To Your Life to guide us with Biblical principles which lead to successful living. We aren’t just training for wrestling at the Secker Fieldhouse we are training for life.

Hannibal- LaGrange University
2013- 2014 Wrestling Schedule 

Blue and Red Dual (Intersquad Dual)............................ October 26th, Hannibal, MO 10 am
IL State........................................................................ November 2nd, Hannibal, MO 4 pm
Benedictine................................................................. November 7th Hannibal, MO/ 7 pm
Knox College Invite...................................................... November 9th Galesburg, IL/All Day
Truman State Dual ....................................................... November 14th Kirksville, MO/ 7 pm
Luther Open................................................................ November 16th Decorah, IA/All Day
Joe Parisi Open ........................................................... November 23rd St. Charles, MO/ All Day
Maranatha Baptist Bible College................................... December 6th Watertown, WI/ 5pm
Milwaukee School of Engineering Invite....................... December 7th  Milwaukee, WI/ All Day
York Open................................................................... December 14th York, NE
Knox College Dual Tournament.................................... January 4th Galesburg, IL/ All Day
Central College Invite................................................... January 11th Pella, IA/ All Day
Missouri Baptist University.......................................... January 14th, Hannibal, MO/7pm
Missouri Valley College Invitational............................... January 18th   Marshall, MO/ All Day
Grandview Open......................................................... January 25th Des Moines, IA/ All Day
Graceland University (Senior Night)......................... January 21st, Hannibal, MO/ 7 PM
Baker University.......................................................... January 28th, Ballwin City, KS 7 pm
Harper Open................................................................ February 1st   Palatine, IL/ All Day
William Penn University............................................... February 13th Oskaloosa, IA/ 7 pm
Midwest Qualifying Championship............................... February 22nd, Marshall, MO/ All Day
NAIA National Tournament         March 7-8 Topeka, KS  

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ragsdale Makes Early Commitment to HLGU Wrestling


By Clint Mitchell

For Marshfield senior Micah Ragsdale, all of his years of hard work and dedication have finally come to fruition.

The Blue Jays senior wrestler secured a college future last Friday in the Marshfield High School library, signing his National Letter of Intent to wrestle at Hannibal-LaGrange University next season.

“This is such a good day for me,” Ragsdale said. “It’s very exciting. Overall, they have such a nice campus at Hannibal, and the coaches are all good guys. It was just a perfect fit for me.”

A large crowd of family, friends and coaches piled into the high school library to witness Ragsdale’s signing. And as one-by-one they came to shake the senior’s hand, he admitted, the support was overwhelming.

“That means a lot to me,” he said. “I really didn’t expect to see that many people show up. To have that kind of support, that just means so much to me, more than I can explain.”

Ragsdale is coming off a 44-8 junior campaign, in which he won the Class 3, District 3 title in the 195-pound weight class. He qualified for the state tournament, compiling a 2-2 record en route to a second-place consolation-bracket finish. The 6-0 senior also racked up a 31-14 record as a sophomore, just missing out on state qualification.

But it was a trip to the Hannibal-LaGrange wrestling camp in the summer leading into junior season in which Ragsdale made the biggest impact on the Trojan coaching staff.

“He was such a hard worker, and she showed us that he wanted to be a student of the sport,” said Hannibal-LaGrange University head wrestling coach Scott Hawes. “He worked really hard, and really focused on taking on the technique that we taught him.”

Hawes and his staff — who have qualified 10 wrestlers for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National tournament since 2008 — stayed in touch with Ragsdale over the following seasons, watching him improve each time on the mat. But just as important as wins and losses, Hawes said, was Ragsdale’s work ethic.

In fact, Ragsdale’s hard work was enough to earn him a spot on the Missouri National team last summer, after the he finished fourth at the State Freestyle/Greco tournament.

Though Ragsdale finished 0-4 at the National Freestyle/Greco tournament in Fargo, N.D. — the premier event for high school wrestlers — his participation alone in the highly-prestigious tournament was enough to leave an impression on Hawes.

“That’s one thing we really look for,” Hawes said. “We saw him out there wrestling in some big summertime tournaments. A lot of guys are at home enjoying the summer off, but Micah was out there working. That’s important to us.”

The fact that Ragsdale’s work ethic has carried him so far comes as no surprise to Marshfield head wrestling coach Chris Teed, who has seen his senior’s growth and maturity firsthand.

“It’s so exciting for me to see this for Micah,” Teed said. “I’ve seen him put a lot of time and effort into getting this far. I have no doubts he’s going to succeed at the college level, just because of how hard he works.”

Teed took over as the Jays’ head coach this summer, after spending two years as an assistant, and he admits, without Ragsdale, the Marshfield program would not be where it is today.

“Micah is such a good leader,” he said. “He’s not always the most vocal, but he leads by example. That’s very important for a coach to have somebody like that who’s going to take on some sort of leadership role. He’s helped build this program up, and people have come out for us just because they’ve seen how Micah handles his business.

“I’ve enjoyed seeing Micah go from where he was when I got here, to where he is now. I’ve felt him getting better and getting tougher. I know it’s encouraging to him to see all his hard work pay off.”

In addition to wrestling this winter, Ragsdale is also a standout offensive lineman on the Blue Jays football team. And though he said he enjoys his time on the grid iron, Ragsdale knows when the winter rolls around, he’ll be putting in countless hours on the mat to ensure not only a successful senior campaign, but an optimistic start to his college career.

“I really feel like I’m prepared (for college wrestling),” Ragsdale said. “But I know I have a lot to work. I need to get better in the top and bottom positions. But I have confidence in myself, and I know I can do good and be successful when I get to Hannibal.”