Photo Caption: SCA Wrestling sends three athletes to state with two earning All-State honors. Pictured L-R Assistant Coach Stephan Gordon, 175lb 4th place medalist John Newton, Assistant Coach Andrew Smith, 157lb 2nd place medalist Jeramiah Smith, and Varsity Head Coach Greg Thomas

(Lee’s Summit, MO) – Three athletes from the Summit Christian Academy wrestling program qualified to compete in the Class 1 State tournament at the University of Missouri on February 22 & 23. Of the three, two earned All-State honors including senior Jeramiah Smith with a 2nd place finish in the 157 lb weight class and junior Josh Newton with a 4th place finish in the 175 lb weight class.

Jeramiah Smith competed through the bracket quickly by pinning the first three wrestlers. In his semi-final match, Smith pinned defending state champion Kyden Wilkerson from Centralia who was ranked first in the state and hadn't lost a match in two seasons. In the final match, Smith fell to #2 ranked wrestler Elijah Sanders from Richmond whom he had pinned earlier in the season at the Lathrop Invitational. Smith ends his senior season 48-4 with 366 takedowns, a Missouri top five record, and 41 spladles 

John Newton fought through the 175 lb weight class to earn a 4th place medal. He lost to the eventual state champion Devan Parn from Brookfield in the quarterfinals but came back strong in wrestle-backs to earn a spot on the awards podium. Newton finished the season with a 43-7 record, 116 takedowns, and 12 spladles.

Sophomore Ben Winters drew the eventual state champion Seth Hasekamp from Centralia in his first match. He then lost an intense 2-0 match in wrestle back against Espn Reed of Valle Catholic. Winters finished his season with a 35-13 record and 62 takedowns.

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