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Neosho senior Dallas Smith finally earned that gold medal that had eluded him his entire high school wrestling career after dominating Warrensburg?s Cody Johnston (No. 12 @ 189) in one of the best finals matches featured at the 2011 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Smith, a four-time state qualifier, can now add his gold medal at 189 pounds to his collection of bronze earned in 2010 and fourth place in 2009. Smith finished his senior season with a 50-2 record, and the pleasure of being a part of a senior class that won back-to-back Class 3 state titles in 2011 and 2010, second place in 2009 and fourth place in 2008.

In his finals match against Johnston, the two wrestlers battled hard in a scoreless first period. Johnston nearly recorded a takedown late in the period, but Smith scrambled out of the hold.

Smith scored an escape point early in the second period, and later followed that up with a takedown with two seconds remaining in the frame.

In the third period, Smith sealed the win with a two-point near fall as it was evident Johnston was running out of energy.

For Complete Article by Rick Rogers, Neosho Daily News