Maplewood Richmond Heights sophomore Montel Maggitt and junior Josh Pinson traveled to Sedalia, Mo., on May 7-8 to compete in the State Freestyle and Greco Roman Wrestling Tournament.
Maggitt became the state champion in freestyle at 130 pounds in the Cadet Division. Pinson took fourth place in Greco Roman at 145 in the Junior Division.
Maggitt said he barely won his championship match after falling behind 4-0.
"I got a throw, which is three (points), then I had to pin him to get the win. So I got that done. Some of the people weren't happy though," Maggitt said.
He said some of those in attendance weren't happy because many of the competitors were state wrestling champions and placers.
Maggitt said the wrestler he beat went on the next day to win in Greco, "so I actually won against a state champion in that one, but he went against me, too."
"There are state champions there, and state placers. Never wrestled a state placer in my life," Pinson said. "It was ridiculous. They're really good. Best in the state."
Both wrestlers said that you have to compete with the best to be the best.
By winning his division, Maggitt earned the right to compete for the 2011 Missouri USA Wrestling Cadet Dual Team this June in Daytona, FL, which he said he will do. He also qualifies for the Missouri USA Wrestling Cadet National Team in Fargo North Dakota in July. He said he'll do that one if he can work out how to get there.
Maggitt will be the first wrestler in MRH’s 73-year history to compete on the Missouri national teams.
Pinson's plans for the summer include attending as many wrestling camps as he can.