Victory on the Mat: Two MMA Wrestling Cadets Head to State Finals

Victory on the Mat: Two MMA Wrestling Cadets Head to State Finals

Two Missouri Military Academy cadets qualified for the state wrestling competition after competing at districts on Saturday, February 17. Cadet Trae Griffiths ’26 from Champaign, Illinois, placed third in the 157-pound division, and Cadet Ryan Miles ’25 from Dallas, Texas, placed fourth in the 150-pound division. MMA competed in the class 1 district 3 bracket at Marceline. 

Left to right: Coach Mike Pfeifer, Cadet Ryan Miles, Cadet Trae Griffiths and Coach Levi Iman. 

Left to right: Coach Mike Pfeifer, Cadet Ryan Miles, Cadet Trae Griffiths and Coach Levi Iman. 

The cadet-athletes competed against over 220 wrestlers for a spot in the state competition. They will compete at state February 21-222 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. Tickets are only available digitally. Click the "Ticket Information" on the web page linked here to buy your passes. 

Cadet Griffiths hugs Coach Iman following the district competition victory.  

Cadet Griffiths hugs Coach Iman following the district competition victory.  

The following cadet-athletes also competed at districts:

  • Cadet Deonte Kerns '26 (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  • Cadet Dallas Grantz '25 (Mexico, Missouri)
  • Cadet Michael Pfeifer '25 (Mexico, Missouri)
  • Cadet Nathaniel Summers '27 (O'Fallon, Missouri)

Congratulations, cadets!

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