Cadet-Athletes Honored at 2023-24 Winter Sports Assembly

Cadet-Athletes Honored at 2023-24 Winter Sports Assembly

The 2024 Missouri Military Academy Winter Sports Assembly was held in Memorial Chapel on March 13. Scroll down for a recap of cadet-athlete honors, and click here for more photos. Feature image: From left to right, wrestling coaches Levi Iman and Mike Pfeifer with state medalists Cadet Trae Griffiths (fifth place), Cadet Ryan Miles (13th place) and President BG Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret).

Watch the winter sports assembly video.


Wrestling

Middle School Winners: Cadets Luis Sass-Zaragoza, Jeffery Clingenpeel, Michael Emminger, Brennen Carney, Ethan Winters and Humberto Junquera Garcia Luna.

Coach Mike Pfeifer, Cadet Humberto Junquera Garcia Luna and CoachLevi Iman. 

Coach Mike Pfeifer, Cadet Humberto Junquera Garcia Luna and Coach Levi Iman. 

Middle School Most Improved: Cadets Jeffery Clingenpeel and Michael Emminger.

Middle School Best Wrestler: Cadet Luis Sass-Zaragoza.

Provisional Letter Winners: Cadets Duane Thompson, River Punab-Mitchell, Mu YE, Hao Wang, Marcus Miller, Kam Ho Liu, Caleb Xamis, Gabriel Tooman-Hamrock, Jacob Stallone, Jayce Maeser, Hayden James and Elijah Holmes-Morrison.

Coach Mike Pfeifer, Cadet Hao Wang and Coach Levi Iman. 

Managers: Cadets Jesus Robinson and Brandon Semeliss.

Varsity Letter Winners: Cadets Braden Atterberry, Evan Corley, Josiah Emminger, Dallas Grantz, Deonte Kerns, Blake Krull, Ryan Miles, Russel Olson, Michael Pfeifer, Samuel Stevens, Nathaniel Summers, Adam Swenson, Gerardo Quiroga and Trae Griffiths.

The Colonel Joe D. Bailey Award for the Most Improved Wrestler: Cadet Deonte Kerns.

Cadet Deonte Kerns is honored with the Colonel Joe D. Bailey Award for the Most Improved Wrestler.

Cadet Deonte Kerns is honored with the Colonel Joe D. Bailey Award for the Most Improved Wrestler. From left to right: Wrestling coaches Levi Iman and Mike Pfeifer, Cadet Kerns and President BG Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). 

The Keaton Trophy for the Best Wrestler: Cadet Trae Griffiths.

The Brian Baum Leadership Award: Cadet Ryan Miles.

The Major William “Bill” Bryan Award for the Best Rookie Wrestler: Cadet Nathaniel Summers.

The Major Richard Twells Wrestling Sportsmanship Award: Cadet Michael Pfeifer.

30 Win Club: Cadets Trae Griffiths, Ryan Miles and Deonte Kerns.

40 Win Club: Cadet Trae Griffiths.

All-Conference: Cadets Trae Griffiths, Samuel Stevens, Russell Olson, Deonte Kerns and Ryan Miles.

State Finalists: Cadets Ryan Miles (13th) and Trae Griffiths (fifth).

All-State: Cadet Trae Griffiths.


Basketball

Middle School Winners: Cadets James Aldendifer, Rfred Cordero, John Farley, Ethan Gachuhi, Alex Johnson, Humberto Junquera Garcia Luna, Bryan O’Dwyer-Moore, Adrian Rodriguez and Yulong Xu.

Coach Jeff Gifford, Cadet Rfred Cordero and Coach Roger Siwak.

Coach Jeff Gifford, Cadet Rfred Cordero and Coach Roger Siwak. 

Junior Varsity Letter Winners: Cadets Kennedy Barchigei, Seydina Issa Diop, Tsog Dulgunn, Enkhtulga Enkhtuvshin, Pierce Essex, Irmuun Ganbat, Wesley Gardner, Miles Matthews, Bryce Mcllwain, Sander Nelson and Levi Schmidgall.

Varsity Letter Winners: Cadets Tyler Bien, Cooper Johnston, Nathan Dempsey, Mateo Eaton Villarreal, Jose Elizondo, Ky-Mani Erskine, Alexander McBride, Joshua McCart, Gihana Favour Nzizia, Joseph Roach, Brody Ruckman, Rogelio Avendano Sanchez, Khas-Erdene Sod-Erdene, Bradley Thumbi, Luke Wolf and Eric Shellabarger. Managers: Cadets Tyler Bien and Cooper Johnston.

Best Defender: Cadet Bradley Thumbi.

Most Improved: Cadets Gihana Nziza and Alexander McBride.

Blue Collar: Cadet Joshua McCart.

Best New Boy: Cadet Mateo Eaton.

Best Freshman: Cadet Brody Ruckman.

Most Outstanding MVP: Cadet Nathan Dempsey.

All-Tournament Team: Cadet Nathan Dempsey.

Coach Jeff Gifford, Cadet Nathan Dempsey and Coach Roger Siwak

Coach Jeff Gifford, Cadet Nathan Dempsey and Coach Roger Siwak.

Congratulations, cadets!

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