Washington turned in a dominating performance during its dual wrestling meet Tuesday in Warrenton.
The Blue Jays claimed five of the seven contested matches and 11 of the 13 overall in a 66-12 victory over the Warriors.
“I was very happy with the way we wrestled. It would have been easy with the opens and having so many of our guys out that we could have a letdown, but we came out from the first JV match and were aggressive and tried to dictate the pace,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “We were without three varsity kids between injuries and keeping them under their max for season matches going into districts, and we were able to pick up two of those wins.”
Spencer Baird and Cody Gardner had the Blue Jays’ biggest wins of the meet.
Baird (152) pinned Dakota Brierly in 1:44, which tied him with Tyler Knickmeyer for the most wins in school history with 122.
“Spencer is nothing but a hard worker. It’s nice to see that paying off,” Ohm said. “We try to tell everyone it’s a process and it just takes time. Spencer has improved each year. He has really high goals this year. We think he’s right where he needs to be to obtain those goals.”
Gardner (126) pinned Ryan Sherry in 3:33.
Sherry is a two-time state medalist and currently is ranked seventh in Class 3 at 120 pounds by missouriwrestling.com.
“Cody had a great match against Sherry. Cody moved up a weight to fill (Nicholas) Solter’s spot, but we knew Sherry would go up to wrestle him,” Ohm said. “Cody got the first take down and beside about 30 seconds of him being out of position, he did a great job. It was a great win for him and even better to pick up the bonus. If Cody can find consistency, he will be very tough to beat in this second half of the season.”
Washington’s other winners in contested matches were:
• 132 — Cody Summers pinned over Seth Brierly in 12 seconds;
• 138 — Josh Luck pinned Gabriel Hottmeyer in 2:33; and
• 160 — Caleb Summers pinned Chance Riesing in 3:27.
Winning by forfeit were Cole Fregalette (106), Parker Neptune (113), Kyle Summers (170), Logan Baird (195), Jacob Kliethermes (220) and Matt Pecka (285). Both teams were open at 120.
“Currently we have four individuals to ever reach 100 wins in our program,” Ohm said. “Just in this season alone, we have Spencer and Cole who have reached 100 wins and Caleb and Cody Summers both are on pace to break that mark as well.”
Warrenton’s winners in contested matches were:
• 145 — Dan Filipek pinned Luke Knight in 53 seconds; and
• 182 — JJ Filipek pinned Sam Andujar in 1:33.
Washington has 10 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes in Class 3 by missouriwrestling.com.
Cole Hamai is third at 138, Spencer Baird is third at 152, Caleb Summers is fourth at 160, Kyle Summers is fifth at 170, Nicholas Solter is sixth at 126, Parker Neptune is eighth at 113, Logan Baird is eighth at 195, Jared Rennick is ninth at 182, Cody Summers is 10th at 132 and Matt Pecka is 10th at 285.
Washington competes at the Route 141 Rumble at Rockwood Summit High School Saturday starting at 9 a.m.