Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hazelwood E. Wins 3rd Title; Schatzman Finishes 149-0

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hazelwood E. Wins 3rd Title; Schatzman Finishes 149-0

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The Hazelwood East Spartans and Parkway Central's Scott Schatzman each captured their share of thunder Saturday at the 64th Missouri High School Wrestling Championships at the Hearnes Center.

Hazelwood East won the Class 4A crown for the third year in a row.

And Schatzman officially became the greatest wrestler in Missouri high school history. By pinning Hazelwood East's Larry Shields at 1 minute 37 seconds of their 135-pound match, Schatzman finished 40-0 for the season and 149-0 for his career.

He became Missouri's first four-time, undefeated state champion.

A large banner was unfurled in the stands by Parkway Central fans that read: "Congratulations Scott . . . 149-0-0."

Schatzman was aglow. "I felt great," he said. "I'm just delighted."

His coach, Gene Ball, said: "I'd be kidding if I said we didn't expect it. It's the greatest moment of my coaching career."

Hazelwood East posted 138.5 points. Second-place Park Hill had 106 and third-place Francis Howell had 89.5. Lee's Summit was fourth with 87.

Three of Hazelwood East's five finalists won state titles: Senior Jacobi Guyton became the school's first two-time titlist as he successfully defended his 152-pound crown.

Guyton (35-0) pinned Lee's Summit's Olen Brattin in 56 seconds in the final. In three years of state tournament competition, Guyton was 11-1, his only loss coming in the finals two years ago at 140.

"I went out there to win, and it just came," Guyton said. "I had a great career."

Coach Jim Paulsen said: "That's what got him here. He's done a great job."

Ditto for Hazelwood East junior Matt Ridings, a state runner-up at 103 last year. Saturday, he rallied from a 3-0 deficit against Lafayette's Duane Manuel for a 5-3 overtime victory and finished his season at 40-1.

Hazelwood East's Jake Lapinski (40-0) defeated Chris Maggard of Blue Springs South 12-5 in the 112-pound final.

Hazelwood East's Matt Smith lost the 125-pound final to Park Hill's Clint Strider (42-1), a state champion last year at 112. Smith won the state championship last year at 119.

Lafayette's Steve Kreh scored a major decision of 20-10 over Truman's Josh Johnson in the 160-pound final. Kreh, a senior, finished with a 39-2 mark. …

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