Girls Team:

Brookfield was once again denied a team state title at the MSHSAA Girls Class 1 State Wrestling Championships, but it was not due to lack of heart or effort. And the Lady Bulldogs walked away with the hardware to prove it.

Brookfield finished second to Kearney in team bragging rights, coming up just one point short for the second straight year. Kearney proved to be the superior 'Dog, claiming the title, 80-79, just as it did a year ago by a miniscule 0.5.

Brookfield garnered podium honors, with Jayden Keller, Riley Howell and Mya Sackrey walking away with medals. The trio combined for 76 of the team's points.

Keller easily seized the 110-pound weight class with four straight falls. The decorated and highly touted sophomore, who finished the season with a 43-1 record, won the championship match with a pin in 51 seconds, capturing her second straight state title.

Howell blazed through to the final at 140, where she lost a tough 4-2 decision in the championship bout. The silver medalist finished her junior season at 41-4, and will undoubtedly be seeking the top of the podium next year.

Sackrey (16-2) opened with a fall at 155, before losing her quarterfinal match. She then reeled off three straight wins (two pins, decision) and won the bronze medal by medical forfeit. Sackrey, also a junior, looks forward to a full slate and gold medal aspirations next season.

Kaecen Brown (32-18) managed a win by fall and three team points at 130, while Rylee King (100) and Lilly Lindsay (170) finished their seasons with equally impressive 31-15 and 30-9 marks, respectively.

-Dennis Hughes

Boys Team:

Five Bulldogs medaled, guiding Brookfield to a fourth-place team finish at the MSHSAA Boys Class 1 State Wrestling Championships.

The Bulldogs, runner-ups a year ago, finished with 105 points, three points behind defending champion Centralia. St. Pius X won the team title with 234 points, followed by Father Tolton with 125.

Peyton Parn won his third straight title, capturing the 132-pound weight division. He won three consectuive matches by fall, winning gold with a 9-2 decision in the final. The heralded junior, who finished with a 43-1 record, will be seeking a clean sweep with a fourth championship next season.

Devan Parn advanced to the 190 title match by way of a decision and two falls, but his unblemished record took a hit with a loss in the final. A state champion a year ago, the junior silver medalist (32-1) will be aiming for a second title next season.

Xavier Sada had high hopes and cruised into the final at 113 via two falls and a major decision. But the senior had to settle for silver, falling in a close 5-4 decision. Sada finishes the season at 32-4.

Colton Parn (40-6) also faced disappointment at 150. The talented, but hard luck senior was looking to win his first state title. He won his opening two matches by pins, but lost his semifinal match in a 3-1 decision. A sudden victory landed him in the third-place match, which he won bronze with a 6-1 decision.

Ryder Techau got off to a rough start, losing his opening-round match at 126. However, the gritty sophomore battled his way to the fifth-place match with a fall and two major decisions, and winning that match by fall. Techau (36-11) has a bright future ahead.

Jackson Wattenbarger ended his first varsity season with a solid 26-21 record. Better days certainly lie ahead for the 285-pound Freshman.

-Dennis Hughes
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