MIAMI — For just the second time in the tournament's 48 year history, Joplin has captured the title at the Miami Wardog Invitational wrestling tourney.
The Eagles, with three individual winners, two runners-up and six other placers, rolled up 445.5 points and outdistanced 2014 champ Pryor by 45.5 points.
Cushing was third with 354.5 points and Tahlequah A placed fourth with 341.5 points.
Miami, which finished 14th a year ago, wound up sixth with 332.5 points.
“We had a good weekend,” Joplin coach David Myers said. Its still very early. We have had a lot of good success so far. We're fixing those little things.”
This was the Eagles' best showing thus far. They were second in the Northwest Arkansas Invitational.
“This gives us some momentum,” Myers said.
The Eagles' only other MIT title came in 2008.
“The work ethic is there,” Myers said. “The toughness was here this weekend. We wrestled tough”
Heading up the list of placers for Joplin was Phillip Reitz, who pinned his way to the heavyweight title. Reitz also won the Glen Reding pin award for logging six falls in 6:53.
The Eagles other winners were Zachary Phillips at 106 and Jacob Bartlett at 160.
Placing second were Terrell Crawford, 170, and Jayden Withrow, 220, and third-place finishers were Skye Paulk, 152, and Solomon Garcia, 182.
Others placing for Joplin were Treyvan Jackson, fourth, 113; Bobby Owens, fifth, 138; Ty Paulk, seventh, 120, and Nathan McCauley, eighth, 145.
The best showing for Miami came from T.J. Griffith, who was second at 138.
Trestin January of Jay scored an 18-0 technical fall against Griffith in the finals.
January also won 18-0 against Griffith in pool competition.
Cooper Stone was third at 106 pounds while Caden Collins and Kobe Scott were fifth at 146 and 160, respectively.
Others placing for the Wardogs were Jordon Freeman, sixth, 113; Michael Horn, seventh, 170; Devon York, eighth, 120; Ian Stone, ninth, 126; Callan Cox, ninth, 195; Caden Glover, 10th, 182; Irvin Myers, 10th, 220; Tanner Payton, 11th, 152; Raymond Sharp, 12th, 285.
Miami is idle until Tuesday, Jan. 5, when it hosts Grove.
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