Senior David Honeycutt was the top seed at 195 pounds heading into this weekend’s district wrestling tournament, and he proved he deserved it. Honeycutt, 24-8, pinned #2 seed Colton Justus of Waynesville to win the district championship at Ozark Saturday.
“My goal was to get first, because I was seeded first, and match by match, I just kept meeting that goal,” Honeycutt said. “In that championship match, I just gave it my all, and got it.”
Honeycutt pinned all three of his opponents on his way to the district title, but he achieved the championship without gathering a lot of attention.
“I like not getting a whole bunch of attention,” he said. “I’m doing wrestling for me, not for anyone else. And I’m just proud of that and proud that I finished first.”
Honeycutt was the only Republic wrestler to win a district championship, but four others advanced to sectionals in two weeks. Wyatt George finished second at 113 and Connor Sandridge was second at 170. Sandridge’s loss to Tai Koyama of Kickapoo was his first of the year.
Dominick Famiano finished fourth at 120 pounds, and Andre Northrup was fourth at 138.
All five advancing wrestlers will be back at sectionals in Ozark on February 27.