Arch completes four-year state wrestling dominance, Lorenson, Lawson also bring home medals
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by Mark Cheffey
All three PHS state wrestling qualifiers came home with medals, including Collin Arch, who added his fourth and final individual championship Thursday in Columbia.
Ellyse Lorenson also made her mark as a sophomore setting a new PHS girls best by taking second place in her weight class, thus becoming the first Lady Panther state wrestling medalist.
Luke Lawson, a sophomore also came home with a sixth-place medal in his first trip to the Class 1 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships, which were held Wednesday and Thursday in the University of Missouri’s Mizzou Arena.
Arch completed his four-year sweep of first-place medals in dominating fashion, pinning all four of his opponents including Brookfield’s Colton Parn at the 1:36 mark of the title match.
He is the 37th Missouri high school wrestler to compete the four-year sweep of titles.
“He’s the man and it showed this week,” said Coach Jeremiah Reed. “He took care of business, and now he’s on to another big goal.
“I have the utmost confidence he will pursue the next level with the discipline and work ethic it takes to be successful.”
Arch, who was 52-1 this season, finished his career with a 154-1 record that included previous state titles at 120 pounds (2020), 132 pounds (2021) and 138 pounds (2022).
Arch advanced to the title match winning his semifinal match by fall at 0:24 over West Platte’s Peyson Chandler.
Arch opened the tournament winning by fall at 1:33 over South Callaway’s Ayden Munford, and his quarter final match by fall at 0:53 over Ethan Hunter of St. Pius X-Kansas City.
After winning her first three matches, Lorenson (28-4) lost her 145-pound championship by a 7-0 decision to Moberly’s Breanne Gibbs.
“She came in calm and confident this year and got the job done making the finals,” Reed said.
Lorenson opened the tournament winning by fall at 0:45 over Hannah Thacker of St. Clair.
She then won her quarterfinal match by injury at 1:59 over Eldon’s Olivia Champman and her semifinal match by fall at 4:37 over Polo’s Valorie Gabrielli.
Lawson won his first-round 106-pound match by fall at 1:32 over New Madrid County’s Caleb Moore, but then lost his quarterfinal match by fall at 1:09 to Andrew Garcia of St. Pius X-Kansas City.
He then fought his way back through the consolation bracket, winning by a 13-2 major decision over Valle Catholic’s and by fall at 2:28 over Adrian’s Carater Dumas.
Lawson then lost his fifth-place match by 15-0 technical fall to Brookfield’s Trayce Switzer.
“It was a big year for him doubling his win total from last year and snagging a state medal as a sophomore,” Reed said.