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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 5:30 pm

Competing at the GAC Tournament last Friday and Saturday at Ft. Zumwalt North, Washington sent six wrestlers to the finals, captured two crowns and earned second-place team honors.

The two-day event featured every wrestling team in the Gateway Athletic Conference except first-year school Liberty.

Timberland captured the team championship with 215.5 points.

The Blue Jays, who were in first place following the opening day, accumulated 190 points to finish second.

Holt placed third with 182.5 points followed by Francis Howell (161), Francis Howell Central (136), Ft. Zumwalt West (120.5), Ft. Zumwalt North (110), St. Charles West (86), Troy (71), Francis Howell North (59), Ft. Zumwalt South (57.5), St. Charles (37), Warrenton (19), Winfield (12) and Ft. Zumwalt East (6).

“Although we are very disappointed we did not achieve our goal of being GAC champions, we can still look back and be proud of our accomplishments,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “We were able to put six in the finals and finish ahead of Class 4 Holt, who is ranked No. 4 in Class 4. You can never be too upset when you push Timberland, who is one of the very best in Missouri.”

Winning individual titles and remaining unbeaten on the season were seniors Cole Hamai and Kyle Summers.

Hamai won his third career GAC title, claiming the 145-pound class with a 4-0 record.

Hamai (35-0) won a 5-1 decision over Timberland’s Zack Enloe in the finals. His other three victories came on first-period pins.

“Cole continues to look dominant. He was never pushed, including his finals match against a returning Class 4 state medalist who is also ranked in Class 4 in the top 2 at his weight,” Ohm said. “Cole continues to improve with every match. It was a great honor for him to win his third GAC title.”

Summers (30-0) breezed to his second career GAC title, taking the 182-pound crown with a 4-0 record.

In the finals, Summers won a 6-2 decision over Ft. Zumwalt West’s David Horvath. He won two matches by pin and the other by major decision.

“Kyle, just like Cole, completely dominated his bracket,” Ohm said. “Kyle is wrestling with a lot of confidence right now and that makes him extremely hard to beat. We’re excited for this week when he’ll get the chance to wrestle one of the very best in Class 3 at the Union dual.”

Reaching the finals and earning second-place honors were Parker Neptune, Nicholas Solter, Jeremy Monehan and Logan Baird.

Neptune (113) had a 1-1 record after receiving byes in the first two rounds, improving to 24-7 on the season.

In the finals, Neptune lost to Holt’s Clayton Berry after a 4-3 semifinal victory.

“Parker was unhappy with his performance in the finals, but he got caught in a bad position and that happens sometimes,” Ohm said. “He just needs to stay positive and have confidence in knowing that he has not been beaten by a Class 3 opponent at 113 this year.”

Solter (126) posted a 3-1 record, improving to 31-2 on the season.

In the finals, Solter lost to Holt’s Clayton Smith after an 8-0 semifinal win.

“Nicholas had an extremely tough semifinal match against a returning state medalist. He dominated the entire match to earn the bonus,” Ohm said. “We’re extremely pleased with Nicholas so far this season and are really excited to see what the rest of the season can bring for him. His only two losses of the year are to a returning Class 4 state champion, Colby Smith.”

Monehan (160) registered a 3-1 record, improving to 18-16 on the season.

In the finals, Monehan lost to Howell Central’s Zach Litzinger after a hard-fought 12-7 semifinal win.

“Jeremy had a great match in the semifinals to beat a ranked kid who had beaten him earlier in the year,” Ohm said. “We know how good Jeremy can be. Once we get him to realize that, we will get quite a bit of production out of him.”

Baird (195) had a 3-1 record, improving to 27-4 on the campaign.

In the finals, Baird lost a 7-3 decision to Timberland’s Chance Cooper. Baird’s three other wins were by pins.

“Logan wrestled Cooper, who is a returning state finalist, and did a good job. He has really closed the gap on him from being pinned the last time they wrestled,” Ohm said. “Logan is scoring a ton of points for us and we expect big things from him.”

Josh Luck and Matt Pecka both reached the semifinals and earned fourth-place finishes.

Luck (138) had a 3-2 record, improving to 20-12. He lost the third-place match, 5-2, to Troy’s Alec Seely.

Pecka (285) posted a 2-2 record, moving to 26-6. He lost the third-place match to Francis Howell’s Cory Fleming.

Cody Hey and Jacob Kliethermes both had sixth-place finishes.

Hey (106) had a 2-3 record, moving to 19-15. He lost the fifth-place match to Timberland’s Cameron Spires.

“Cody had a great meet. He had one of the toughest brackets I’ve ever seen. There will be quite a few state medalists from that bracket come February,” Ohm said. “To see him fight back to sixth place as a freshman, we were very excited. He was down in some matches, but stayed focused and worked his way back in the match and scored some important team points.”

Kliethermes (220) registered a 2-3 record, moving to 13-14. He lost the fifth-place match to Ft. Zumwalt North’s Mason Seeger.

Also competing were Joe Omer, Austin Gaebe, Izeck Elbert and Corey Kluesner.

Omer (120) was 0-2, moving to 4-12. Gaebe (132) was 1-2, moving to 1-6. Elbert (152) was 1-2 in his first varsity action of the season. Kluesner (170) was 1-2, moving to 6-14.

“We have extremely high expectations for this team and we’ll continue to work toward them as the season draws toward the postseason,” Ohm said. “We just want to stay positive right now and really focus on improving and nothing else.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games