Wrestling Tigers conclude season with awards banquet, Brown announces retirement

Bradyn Tate, Davion King, Grey Petticrew, Trey Nye, Lenny Teo and Tanner Putt pose with their individual awards of achievement. Crystal Brown / CNO

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage Tigers Wrestling wrapped up its 2022-23 season with an awards banquet highlighting the accomplishments of the individual wrestlers and the team.  Head coach Kenny Brown started off the evening with an emotional announcement of retirement as the Tiger Wrestling coach after a successful 21 year career at the helm.  While the announcement was a surprise to some, Brown announced, “It’s time.  I’ve been doing what I love for over twenty years and I’ve got a great staff of amazing guys to take over.  Plus I’m old and tired – these younger guys can get around on the mat and roll with the boys a lot easier than I can.”

Starting at age nine, Brown began wrestling in the youth program in Kirksville, MO after his brother – who is three years older – became interested and started competing.  “Sports was all we knew in our household.  Every weekend my parents would load us all up in the car and take us to whatever tournament or event we were participating in.  It made me who I am today and I love competition and getting to work with kids.”  Brown plans to continue his involvement with wrestling by officiating again (something he has held a license in since 1995) and supporting his younger brother Chris, a head coach in St. Louis.

Coach Brown did not want his announcement to overshadow the accomplishments of his boys, though, so after a slideshow commemorating the senior wrestlers, he made the presentations of the overall and individual awards.


Lenny Teo was awarded junior varsity wrestler of the year, with Tanner Putt as rookie of the year and senior Trey Nye as most improved.  Seniors Grey Petticrew and Davion King both received the hustle award and junior Bradyn Tate was the recipient of the Wrestler of the Year award.  Tate also was gifted a smaller version of Coach Brown’s dock worker’s hat to commemorate his time with his mentor and always be reminded of his role as a senior leader next year.

Team Accomplishments

  • 5th @ Farmington
  • 9th @ Harrisonville
  • 4th @ Carthage Duals
  • 7th @ Platte County
  • 6th @ COC
  • 3rd @ JV COC
  • 7th @ Districts
  • 18th @ State
  • 8-3 Dual Record


  • JV Wrestler of the Year—Lenny Teo
  • Rookie of the Year—Tanner Putt
  • Most Improved—Trey Nye
  • Hustle Award—Davion King and Grey Petticrew
  • Wrestler of the Year—Bradyn Tate

Junior Varsity Team Members

Saul Alvarado Hernandez, Douglas Ball, Blayne Benefiel, Franky Contreras, Hector Escobar, Jed Fewin, David Gramajo Paz, Alexander Hernandez Guzman, Joshua Hill, Erick Mejia, Noah Norbury, Brayan Perez Flores, K.J. Pickering, Jared Portillo, Mason Pugh, Steve Serious, Lenny Teo, Matthew Bysor, Wyatt Hole, Emerson Ixcol, Joseph Ixcoy, Brayden Lee

Keagon McCoy, Brandon Perez, Israel Perez, Cole Tournear, Corey Breese, Indiana Gray, Alexander Salas-Marquez

Seniors take a photo op with their coaches at this year’s awards banquet. L to R: Asst. Coaches, Nate Kelly and Kellen Bounous, Trey Nye, Gabe Lambeth, Esvin Gonzalez, Asst. Coach John Petticrew, Kip Castor, Davion King, Grey Petticrew and Head Coach Kenny Brown. Crystal Brown / CNO

Varsity Team Members

Grady Huntley—(28-16)V, (3-0)JV

3rd in Reversals(15)Tied

Aydan Nye—(18-11)V, (9-1)JV

Tanner Putt—(30-15)V—State Qualifier

2nd in Team Points(204)

3rd in Wins(30)Tied

3rd in Falls(23)

3rd in Reversals(15)Tied

2nd in Nearfalls(27)

David Recinos—(27-12)V

1st in Decisions(12)

2nd in Escapes(27)

1st in Penalty Points Earned(8)

Alberto Sales—(17-14)V

Bradyn Tate—(48-8)V

1st in Team Points(307.5)

1st in Wins(48)

1st in Falls(35)

1st in Takedowns(134)

2nd in Reversals(19)

1st in Nearfalls(41)

Individual Weight Class Awards(132)

Most Falls—Hunter Yust(’15), Aaron Groom(’07), Jared Patrick(’97)—24

Most Takedowns—Clay Stark(’98)—114

Most Match Points(439)—Clay Stark(’98)—428

Most Team Points—Trevor Feagans(’12)—286

34th on All-Time Wins list with 104—only 3 behind his brother

6th in State @ 132 lbs.

Academic All-State

Kip Castor—(21-12)V, (89-59)V Career

Esvin Gonzalez—(9-19)V (3-3)JV, (9-19)V 25-27)JV Career

Davion King—(30-4)V, (138-29)V Career—83% Winning Percentage

3rd in Wins(30)Tied

10th All Time Wins List

16th Career Winning Records List(Coach Kelly is 15th)

11th Carthage Wrestler to place at State 3 times

2-time District Champion

4th in State @ 165 lbs.

Academic All-State

Gabe Lambeth—(25-14)V, (40-28)V (41-3)JV Career

1st in Escapes(37)

Trey Nye—(27-16)V, (31-19)V (33-17)JV Career—62% Winning Percentage

3rd in Takedowns(45)

3rd in Escapes(26)

1st in Reversals(21)

95th on the Career Winning Records List

Grey Petticrew—(32-12)V, (72-34)V (15-1)JV Career—68% Winning Percentage

2nd in Wins

2nd in Falls(28)

2nd in Takedowns(49)

3rd in Reversals(15)Tied

3rd in Nearfalls(25)

68th on the Career Winning Records List

6th in State @ 150 lbs.