Pacific claimed two individual championships and placed six wrestlers in the top five of their weight classes to finish third at the Ft. Zumwalt East Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Indians scored 288 points, finishing behind only team champion Rolla (409 points) and runner-up Waynseville (333.5 points). Windsor finished with 274.5 points and De Soto with 264 to round out the top five.
Hannibal and Troy tied for sixth with 253.5 points. The rest of the top 10 included Republic (245.5), Mehlville (228) and Ft. Zumwalt West (189.5).
Other varsity participants were Ritenour (152.5), Ft. Zuwmalt East (151), Hazelwood West (132), Winfield (127.5), Kirkwood (126.5), Webster Groves (120), Lutheran-St. Charles (105), McCluer (63), Pattonville (56.5) and Parkway Central (24).
James Anding (170) and Jakob Balleydier (113) were each the individual champion of their divisions for Pacific. Callum Sitek (120) placed second, Vincent Boyen (106) and Ben Courtney (152) each placed third, and Cole Cracchiolo (138) placed fifth.
Anding made his way to the semifinals with two wins by pin, one by technical fall and one by major decision.
In the semifinals, he defeated Ft. Zumwalt West’s Austin Reeves by a 5-3 decision.
Anding notched a 13-4 major decision victory over Windsor’s Connor Richey in the championship round. The tournament was Anding’s first action of the season.
“Jay looked a little bit rusty, but overall he wrestled pretty well,” Head Coach Rob Schimsa said. “... It was good getting Jay back in the lineup. He’s one of the horses in our lineup.”
Balleydier reached the final four on two pin victories, one major decision and a first-round bye.
He won in an 8-1 decision against Republic’s Reese Lawler to reach the finals. There, Balleydier defeated Rolla’s Alexander Sederburg by a 9-5 decision.
“It was good to see,” Schimsa said of Balleydier’s first tournament championship. “He works hard in the room. It all came together for him.”
Sitek won in each of the first six rounds by four pins, one decision and one injury defeault.
In the semifinals, he picked up an 8-2 decision win against Austin Cornell from Ritenour.
Rolla’s undefeated Nathan Pulliam got by Sitek with a 4-2 decision in the championship round.
Schimsa said big things are expected of Sitek, a freshman, the rest of this season.
Boyen won each of his first three matches with two pins and a bye in the second round.
Orlandis Coats of Kirkwood bested Boyen by a 9-7 decision in the quarterfinals. Boyen then picked up a win by major decision and another by decision to reach the third-place match.
In a rematch with Coats, Boyen avenged his previous loss with a 5-2 decision win for third.
Courtney had come into the tournament unbeaten. He reached the semifinals with three pin victories, one win by technical fall and two byes in the third and fourth rounds.
He suffered his first loss of the season to Windsor’s undefeated Jacob Warren, a state champion last season, in the semifinal round by a pin in 4:00.
Courtney rebounded with a 9-7 decision win over Hannibal’s Garrett Ruby to reach the third-place match where he pinned Winfield’s Clark Rogers in 3:56.
Schimsa said Courtney was probably the second-best wrestler in that bracket, but drew the best opponent in the semifinals instead of the finals.
Cracchiolo won each of the first three rounds by pin before he was defeated in an 11-8 decision by Kirkwood’s Freeman Reinhold in the quarterfinals.
He pinned Lutheran-St. Charles representative Richard Snellenberger in 4:09 in the first consolation round before being pinned by Rolla’s Coleman Brainard in the consolation semifinal.
Cracchiolo avenged his previous loss to Reinhold, winning by a 9-4 decision in the fifth-place match.
Nathan Murray (seventh at 160), Noah Patton (eighth at 126) and Trevor Graf (10th at 145) each also cracked the top 10 for the Indians.
Patton won each of his first five matches with two pins, a major decision and two decisions. However, he issued a medical forfeit in his final three matches.
“I think he would have placed,” Schimsa said. “He beat several quality kids Friday night to set himself up well in the bracket. He just couldn’t go Saturday.”
Murray went 3-3 in contested matches in the tournament, last defeating Winfield’s Colby Davidson by a 6-1 decision in the seventh-place match.
Graf was 4-3 in contested matches. He won twice by pin, once by major decision and once by decision to make it into the ninth-place match where Torrance Harris of Kirkwood won by a 10-8 decision.
Trevor Heitsch went 3-3 in contested matches at the tournament to finish 11th place at 285.
He won each of his last two matches by pin, beating Ft. Zumwalt East’s Dominic Harton in a consolation semifinal and then Parkway Central’s Tariq Ahmad in just 48 seconds of the 11th-place match.
The Indians next wrestle at the Hillsboro Tournament on Dec. 28.