Winter Sports Progress: Wrestling  

With a 9-1 winning record, Missouri Military Academy’s winter 2020 wrestling season is off to a strong start. So far, they have been victorious against much of mid-Missouri, including California, St. Francis Borgia, Father Tolten of Columbia, Wright City, South Callaway and Eldon high schools. After winter furlough, they expect to continue their success through to the MSHSAA district and state championship competitions in mid-March.  

According to Colonels Wrestling Coach Thomas Allen – a former competitive wrestler with over 20 years of coaching experience – the focus for the first half of the season has been on developing wrestling skills and improving team mentality.  

“Our focus has been instilling a ‘no quit’ attitude and skill install,” Allen said. “The team has demonstrated full buy-in to the process, and it has paid off.”  

In addition to the strength from Allen’s experience, MMA’s wrestling team is armed with strong cadet leaders. Team captain Christopher Bryant is a returning state qualifier. Additionally, veteran wrestlers Phasakorn Cunningham, Pedro Garduno (also a state qualifier), Darion Heavens and Connor O’Neal bring a great deal of talent, practiced skill and motivation to the team. See below for the full team roster.  

As always, MMA aims to use athletics as a tool to help young men grow personally, developing more than just their skills, but their character and values, too. As successful as this year’s wrestling team has been honing themselves physically, they have also been successful in developing leadership and team skills, learning the value of hard work and the importance of personal motivation.  

According to Cadet Bryant, wrestling has personally affected his outlook on work ethic while strengthening his bond with his fellow MMA brothers.  

“The best part of the wrestling team is the loving community and how everybody wants to help each other improve,” Bryant said. “The one thing I will take away from wrestling is to always remember that the more hard work you put into your goal, the better your outcome will be.”  

The following are the names, class years and current wrestling records of all varsity wrestlers:  

  • Landon Meyer ’24: 3-1
  • David Wainscott ’23: 5-0 
  • Landon Kjolhede ’24: 9-1 
  • Noah Cecil ’22: 2-2 
  • Darion Heavens ’21: 3-2 
  • James Pugh-Segler ’22: 1-1  
  • Ian Masters-Moore ’22: 0-1 
  • Isaac Way ’22: 3-3 
  • Francisco Jacquez ’21: 2-1 
  • Gabriel Canonico ’23: 7-1 
  • Brett Miles ’23: 2-0  
  • Connor O’Neal ’21: 8-2 
  • Ryan Stafford ’24: 3-2 
  • Oskar Fontana ’24: 5-2 
  • Sklyer Hineman ’22: 4-3 
  • Chris Bryant ’21: 7-0 
  • Phasakorn Cunningham ’21: 8-2 
  • Noah Johnson ’22: 7-2 
  • Pedro Garduno ’21: 3-1 
  • Telmen Nasanbat ’22: 4-2 

MMA’s current junior varsity roster includes…  

  • Keegan Buxton 
  • William Cash 
  • Alex Chambers 
  • Stephen Clary 
  • Thomas Duran 
  • Caleb Fender 
  • Pablo Garduno 
  • Jacob Merritt 
  • Landy Nguyen 
  • Ishimwe Noble 
  • Kai Passmore 
  • Noah Pearison 
  • Ronald Pflumm 
  • Ian Robison 
  • Kamden Sipple 
  • Guanhong Song 
  • Jack Stalnaker 
  • Simon Way 

Middle school wrestlers include… 

  • Angelo Urandeta 
  • Dallas Grantz 
  • Ryan Miles 
  • Gabriel Kaiser 
  • Giovani Miracola 

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