Seneca's Renfro, Manley claim state wrestling titles with perfect seasons

Feb. 23—Defending state champion Seneca senior Isabella Renfro repeated as state champion at 190 lbs. for the Seneca girls wrestling team and on the boys side, the Indians finished fourth with the help of a state title from senior Andrew Manley, who also completed a perfect season (48-0) at 144 lbs. during the MSHSAA Class 2 Wrestling Championships on Thursday at Columbia's Mizzou Arena.

The Seneca boys finished with 104 points, behind Blair Oaks (108), St. Michael the Archangel Catholic (142) and champion Odessa (163.5.)

Renfro (47-0), the third-ranked wrestler in the nation at her weight class prior to the meet, capped off a perfect season to claim the state title at 190 lbs. with a pin of Smithville's Ellie Pickett (40-4.)

Manley posted a 4-0 decision over Blair Oak's Whit Nichols (44-11) to stay perfect and claim the state championship.

The Indian boys also finished with two second-place wrestlers. Freshman Brant Laughlin (45-4) lost a 14-9 decision to Odessa's Jet Brown (46-4) in their 126-lb. championship match and sophomore Jace Renfro was second after dropping a 7-4 decision to St. Joseph Lafayette's Jackson Perkins in their 190-lb. title bout.

Seneca senior Louzella Graham (45-9) was fifth for the Seneca girls at 120 lbs. after pinning Westminster Christian Acadeny's Kyndal Brown (17-8) in her final match.

Sophomore Eli Manley (36-11) medaled in sixth place after dropping his fifth-place boys match in a 17-11 decision to St. James' Luke Marlatt (33-7) at 132 lbs.

Junior Nolan Napier (25-9) also finished sixth after a forfeit to Reeds Springs' Sebastian Michaud (45-15) at 215 lbs.

The Seneca girls finished 12th in the 65-team field with 45 points. Kearney won the girls team title with 80 points.