The Oakville Senior High School wrestling team has high hopes that juniors Luke Vogel and Charles Toney will live up to the school’s deep heritage on the mat.
The Tigers actually had the chance to advance more wrestlers to the state tournament this weekend, but losses in the wrestleback rounds of the Class 4, District 1 Tournament prevented Oakville from taking up to six wrestlers to Columbia.
“I think we did OK,” Oakville head coach Brett Lieberoff told the Call. “We had five guys in the match to go to state and we lost four of those. It was a big disappointment to have five matches and lose four of them.”
Vogel (28-9) took second place at 145 pounds at districts and is slated to take on Dominique Shelton (22-6) of McCluer North today — Feb. 15.
“Luke did a great job at districts,” Lieberoff said. “He ran into a tough kid from Jackson (Jamie Schumacher) in the finals and got pinned.”
Toney (34-7) also was solid for the Tigers with a third-place finish at 189 pounds. The junior grappler will face Austin Hile (28-3) of Jefferson City today.
“Charles took a tough loss in the semifinals, but he overcame that loss to take third,” Lieberoff said.
“He really got focused and turned things around,” the coach added.