Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wrestling Story

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wrestling Story

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GRANITE CITY * CBC junior DJ Shannon was just trying to put as many points as possible on the board for his team.

He wasn't concerned with his own record or how fast he got the points. He ultimately just wanted to help the Cadets do well Thursday and Friday in the 56th William "Red" Schmitt Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Granite City High.

"I just wanted to do good for my team," Shannon said. "I knew it was going to be a tough tournament, but I knew I could do pretty well in it and help my team get a lot of points."

Shannon earned the "Most Outstanding Wrestler" trophy as well as the "Fastest Pin" title over the course of the event while winning the 170-pound weight class championship and staying undefeated for the season.

Shannon earned pins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds before defeating Neosho's Joey Williams by technical fall in the third period.

While he was happy with his performance at the meet, Shannon is ready to get back to work to continue improving. With the amount of talent he saw at the Red Schmitt meet, he knows it will help him in the future.

Overall, CBC finished sixth as a team with 256 points.

"We didn't have everyone here, but it was an up and down performance," CBC coach Cornell Robinson said. "As a team (we were) not very consistent, but the goal is to be ready by February. Hopefully, we can patch it all together by then.

The Cadets also got an individual title from junior Cevion Severado at 113 pounds.

"They all did well," Robinson said. "It was good to see Severado finish (atop) the tournament. And of course DJ did what he does. It was a good tournament in that sense and it was just a good team effort, so we're pleased with that. We're just going to keep working together as a team to become a team."


Granite City coach George Kirgan yelled at him to get going.

To show something.

Well, Warriors senior Korinthian Nabors used every bit of the third period to show something in his match against Whitfield junior Max Darrah and it was nearly enough.

But Darrah, a state champ for Whitfield last season, weathered Nabors' furious third period to hold on for a 6-1 win at the 285- pound weight class championship. …

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