Wrestling for the final time at home this season, Washington was matched up in a three-team meet Wednesday against a GAC Central rival along with a fellow Class 3 power for senior night festivities.
Ft. Zumwalt East served as the appetizer for the Blue Jays while Farmington was the main course.
Washington shut out Ft. Zumwalt East 79-0 in the opener, but lost the nightcap to Farmington, 27-26.
The Blue Jays are 14-4 in dual meets this season.
“Farmington was a heart breaker. Both teams won seven matches, but they scored two pins and we only recorded one, and that was the difference,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “We had three matches that we won by a combined seven points. If we could have found a way to score one more point in any of those matches, we at least would have gotten the tie on the evening. That is very hard to swallow.”
In the latest missouriwrestling.com Class 3 rankings, Farmington is the third-ranked dual team while Washington is fourth. The Blue Jays also are fourth in the tournament team rankings while Farmington is eighth. Kearney tops both the dual and tournament team rankings.
The Blue Jays and the Knights, Class 3 District 1 rivals, both have eight wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes.
There were contested matches in all 14 weight classes with both teams winning seven.
Washington’s winners were:
• Parker Neptune (113) won by a 15-3 major decision over Jake Andrews;
• Cody Gardner (120) won by a 9-2 decision over Justin Minks;
• Nicholas Solter (126) won by a 13-6 decision over Camron Haines;
• Cole Hamai (138) pinned William Seibert in 2:19;
• Spencer Baird (152) won by a 13-5 major decision over Travis Wade;
• Caleb Summers (160) won by a 10-3 decision over Joseph Roberts; and
• Kyle Summers (170) won by a 3-2 decision over Garrison Jones.
Farmington’s winners were:
• Brady Rowl (106) pinned Cole Fregalette in 2:00;
• Brenden Briese (132) won by a 5-2 decision over Cody Summers;
• Collin Huitt (145) won by a 10-4 decision over Izeck Elbert;
• Ryan Wadlow (182) pinned Jeremy Monehan in 2:17;
• Austin Dussold (195) won by a 7-3 decision over Logan Baird;
• Austin Herbst (220) won by a 5-3 decision over Jacob Kliethermes; and
• Payton Napoli (285) won by a 2-1 decision over Matt Pecka.
“We did well as a team, but we have to always be looking for opportunities to score,” Ohm said. “We could wrestle them 10 times and it could go both ways every time. They’re a tough team. We’ll be excited to see them at districts. I still believe we’re suited more for tournament scoring. We’ll just keep working and try to put out our best at districts.”
Ft. Zumwalt East
Washington dominated Ft. Zumwalt East, gaining six pins in their eight contested victories.
Winning contested matches for the Blue Jays were:
• Gardner (120) pinned Jacob Eaton in 1:16;
• Solter (126) pinned Andrew Westhoff in 1:24;
• Cody Summers (132) pinned Austin Layne in 3:37;
• Elbert (145) won by a 11-9 decision over Shane Barrett;
• Spencer Baird (152) won by a 11-2 major decision over Joe Ponticello;
• Caleb Summers (160) pinned Matthew Westhoff in 1:17;
• Monehan (182) pinned Jeremiah West in 3:22; and
• Pecka (285) pinned Tyler Payne in 3:00.
Winning by forfeit for the Blue Jays were Fregalette (106), Jonathon Thomas (113), Josh Luck (138), Kyle Summers (170), Logan Baird (195) and Kliethermes (220).