Wrestling and basketball teams compete
The MMA varsity wrestlers traveled to St. Louis on Dec. 7 to take part in the Principia Tournament against Principia, St. Clair, Hancock Place and Lift For Life Charter Academy.
The Colonels squad had a good showing against some good teams.
Michael Maddox went undefeated in the 220-pound weight class, taking first place.
Three cadets placed second: Alex Wilson (170 lbs); Derek Ryan (145 lbs); and Gerardo Guerrero (285 lbs).
Guerrero made his wrestling debut with a hip-toss and 16-second pin fall against his Hancock Place opponent.
Sergio Rodriguez (160 lbs) and Quentin Heasler (126 lbs) both earned third place.
The Colonels posted 6th out of 8th places in the top three of their weight classes and placed 4th overall against much larger squads.
"This is one of the best showings I have seen in the past nine years as a coach at MMA," Coach Charlie Frye said.
The Missouri Military Academy varsity and junior varsity basketball teams faced off against Wright City High School on Dec. 6.
The JV Colonels got off to a fast start, ahead by 7 points at halftime.
The second half proved a little tougher for MMA, as their hot shooting cooled and they lost 34-35.
The varsity team also saw its first action of the season. The Colonels kept pace with the Wildcats until an 8-0 run at the end of the first half put MMA down by 15. The Colonels fought back in the second half to get within 8 points of victory but foul troubles and a tough man-to-man defense left cadets vulnerable and MMA fell 37-59. Leading the way for the Colonels was Ariyandev Sandui with 13 points and 5 rebounds.
Varsity basketball players saw their second game Dec. 7 in a matchup against the St. Louis Patriots at William Woods University in Fulton.
The game began with the Colonels racing out to a six-point lead. The Patriots fought back, earning 17 lead changes in the first half.
The Colonels were down at halftime by four and trailed most of the second half. With 2.6 seconds left on the clock, Jose Estrada hit a clutch three-pointer to bring the Colonels within one point of the win.
MMA's defense on the inbound forced an errant pass that sailed to the other end of the court, giving the ball back to the Colonels under their own basket.
With no time-outs remaining, the Colonels inbounded the ball to Estrada, who drove to the basket for the final shot that fell just short on the front iron as time expired. The Colonels fell to the Patriots 54-55.