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Wrestling Blue Jays Top Owensville, Fall to Rolla

By Michael Alvey Missourian Sports Writer​ ​ ​

Beginning the season with a home tri-meet, the Washington wrestling Blue Jays split their duals Tuesday.

The Blue Jays beat Owensville, 60-13, and fell to Rolla, 54-24.

“Obviously I am disappointed with the results, but overall it was a good starting point,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “Regardless of our ages we have a lot of inexperience on this team and it will just take mat time to feel more comfortable. I was pleased with our effort, but we need to compete at a higher level if we want to achieve our goals.”

After falling in their first dual against Rolla, the Blue Jays bounced back to win seven out of 11 contested matches against Owensville, all by falls. The Blue Jays’ winners were:

• Joe Omer (126 pounds) pinned Wyatt Lauth in 3:15;

• Tommy Kelpe (132) pinned Tighe Bombach in 14 seconds;

• Calvin Obermark (138) pinned Edward Delong in 56 seconds;

• Austin Gaebe (145) pinned Dustin Jahnsen in 4:42;

• Chris Griesenauer (170) pinned Caleb Gray in 4:18;

• Alec Holtmeyer (220) pinned an Owensville wrestler (name not listed) in 24 seconds;

• Connor Muller (285) pinned Camren McQueen in 30 seconds; and

• Tate Hendricks (106), Ivan Ramirez (120) and Michael Boehlein (195) all won by forfeit.

Owensville’s winners against Washington were:

• Austin Angell (113) won a 6-4 decision over Ben Griffen;

• Cooper Bombach (152) won an 8-3 decision over Matt Hoemann;

• Colton Moore (160) won a 1-0 decision over Matt McGilvray; and

• Robert Weirich (182) won a 21-13 major decision over Gunnar Noud.

Against Rolla, the Blue Jays struggled in their first dual of the season.

“Rolla is a very tough team with some high level wrestlers that have a lot of experience,” Ohm said.

Rolla won 10 of 13 contested matches against the Blue Jays.

Washington’s wins came from:

• Johnathan Kelpe (145) pinned Lucas Lambeth in 3:17;

• Griesenauer (170) pinned Ian Dobkins in 1:51;

• Holtmeyer (220) pinned William Chitwood in 21 seconds; and

• Noud (182) won by forfeit.

Rolla’s winners were:

• Anthony Sederburg (106) pinned Hendricks in 1:07;

• Collin Woods (113) pinned Griffen in 1:58;

• Justin McEnany (120) won an 11-6 decision over Ramirez;

• Zach Fennell (126) won a 6-0 decision over Omer;

• Tristan Barr (132) pinned Tommy Kelpe in 2:54;

• Coleman Brainard (138) pinned Obermark in 2:51;

• Gage Maxwell (152) pinned Hoemann in 1:35;

• Bryce O’Connor (160) pinned McGilvray in 5:13;

• Colton Franks (195) pinned Boehlein in 3:40; and

• Alton Heyer (285) pinned Muller in 41 seconds.

Ohm said his team experienced both ups and downs Tuesday, but it was a step in the right direction for his team.

“Wrestling is full of highs and lows and we got to experience both of those last night,” he said. “Everything is a learning experience right now and as long as we keep that in mind I have confidence we will be ready when its time to be.”

The Blue Jays will compete in the Westminster Tournament beginning Friday and running through Saturday. Ohm believes getting the Blue Jays’ first duals under their belts will be beneficial for their weekend tournament.

“I think just getting the first one out of the way for so many new kids made a huge impact,” he said. “Now that the nerves are gone I think we will see a much better product this weekend at Westminster.”