With nine medalists, Washington wrestling placed fifth in the team standings at its first tournament of the season.
The Blue Jays totaled 206 points Friday and Saturday at the Westminster Tournament. Only Timberland (250 points), DeSmet (235.5), Pacific (229.5) and Ft. Zumwalt South (217) scored more.
Other teams in the top 10 included Ste. Genevieve (167.5), St. Charles West (143), St. Clair (140.5), Mehlville (132.5) and Glendale (108).
Tate Hendricks (113 pounds) and Jack Carico (182) were Washington’s top two finishers in the event, both taking second place in their respective weight classes.
Dana Cates finished third at 126 pounds and Ben Griffen (120) and Louis Obermark (145) both placed fourth. Cory Hardesty was the fifth-place wrester at 195 pounds and Collin Muller took fifth place at 160. Tommy Kelpe (138) and Ryan Gratzer (220) both finished in sixth place.
Ayden Gaebe (132) placed seventh and Johnny Duncan (152) and Gavin Holtmeyer (285) both finished in eighth place.
Hendricks started off the tournament 1-2 in preliminary matches. He scored a 13-5 victory against Pacific’s Ben Brunjes, but lost 9-0 to DeSmet’s Jesse Hahs and 4-2 to Ste. Genevieve’s Dalton McNeal.
In the semifinals, Hendricks got revenge against McNeal by way of a 9-7 decision victory. Hahs scored a pin on Hendricks in the championship match.
Carico breezed through the preliminary rounds with five wins, two by pin, in five matches.
Carico pinned Westminster’s Caelleb Crutcher in the quarterfinals in 43 seconds and edged Timberland’s Jaxtin Steffeny, 9-8, in the semifinals.
Pacific’s Jay Anding handed Carico his only loss of the tournament in the championship match with a 25-10 technical fall.
In the preliminary rounds, Carico pinned Collin Grass of Valle Catholic (3:28) and Glendale’s Colman Ebisch (2:38). Carico also defeated Ft. Zumwalt South’s Isaiah Edmonds and St. Clair’s Grant Bay by major decision, 15-7 and 13-0, respectively. He slipped past St. Charles West’s Tristan Hachtel, 6-4, in the final preliminary match.
Cates won the third-place match with a pin of Glendale’s Clint Wigginton in 2:38.
Timberland’s Brandon Khoury advanced to the championship match with a 9-3 victory against Cates in the semifinal.
Cates pinned Cole Graming of St. Charles West in 3:33 of the quarterfinals.
In the preliminary rounds, Cates scored two pins against Pacific’s Gavin Porter (1:42) and Mehlville’s Andrew Hutson (1:18). Ft. Zumwalt South’s Benjamin Lindley defeated Cates by a 9-1 major decision in the final preliminary round.
Griffen racked up three wins in four preliminary matches. He pinned Evan Parker of St. Charles West in 4:41 of the quarterfinals before taking a 10-5 decision loss to MICDS’s Zion Thomas in the semifinals and a 7-0 loss against Ft. Zumwalt South’s Zachary Godar in the third-place match.
Griffen scored three pins in the preliminary rounds, topping Timberland’s Ethan Schoonover (4:22), Godar (1:42) and Valle Catholic’s Isaac Roth (0:51). Pacific’s Camron Steffey gave Griffen his only preliminary-round loss, 6-0.
Obermark narrowly lost in the third-place match to Pacific’s Trevor Graf by a 7-6 decision. Eventual champion Caleb Conedera pinned Obermark in the semifinals.
In the quarterfinals, Obermark pinned Westminster’s Brett St. John in 34 seconds.
Obermark won four of five preliminary matches, each by pin. He pinned Trent Busby of St. Charles West (1:56), Pacific’s Colton Thompson (3:48), Ste. Genevieve’s Kaleb Myracle (1:35) and Glendale’s Payton Ripper (1:57). Mehlville’s Tristan Wilder defeated Obermark by a 15-6 major decision in the last preliminary round.
Hardesty won the fifth-place match with a pin in 4:32 against Timberland’s Russell Carter II. He defeated Alex Timme of St. Charles West, 6-1, in the consolation semifinals.
Alex Dmac of Ft. Zumwalt South pinned Hardesty in the 195-pound semifinals.
In the preliminary rounds, Hardesty pinned Glendale’s Jack Hewitt in 37 seconds and Westminster’s TJ Mulholland in 27 seconds.
St. Clair’s Ryan Herman and Ste. Genevieve’s Ty Brown each scored wins by pin against Hardesty in the preliminary rounds.
Muller won the fifth-place match without an opponent after a double medical forfeit in the other consolation semifinal. In his consolation semifinal, Muller pinned St. Clair’s Colin Thacker in 36 seconds.
Trevor Hachtel of St. Charles West pinned Muller in the quarterfinals.
Muller pinned two preliminary opponents, topping MICDS’ Kellen Von Hoven in 2:14 and Glendale’s Bryce Clark in 3:05. DeSmet’s Cory Peterson and Pacific’s Ben Courtney were both winners by pin against Muller in the preliminary matches.
Kelpe was the sixth-place finisher at 138 pounds after being pinned by Chaminade’s Sam Schultz. Kelpe pinned Ft. Zumwalt South’s Colby Detchemendy in 3:25 in the consolation semifinal.
Timberland’s Evan Wasson defeated Kelpe by an 8-3 decision in the quarterfinals.
Kelpe won four of his five preliminary matches, three by pin. He topped Glendale’s Zach Hill in 1:56, Bill Handshy of St. Charles West in 1:42 and Detchemendy in 2:53. Kelpe also defeated Mehlville’s Jack Silies by a 12-8 decision.
Schultz also defeated Kelpe in the preliminary rounds, scoring a 10-0 major decision.
Adam Dooley was victorious against Gratzer in the fifth-place match by pin. Gratzer won by medical forfeit in the consolation semifinals. Pacific’s Trevor Heitsch pinned Gratzer in the quarterfinals.
Gratzer was pinned three times in the preliminary matches by Dooley, DeSmet’s Jacob Perez and Ft. Zumwalt South’s Evan Bragee.
Gaebe won by medical forfeit in the seventh-place match. He was pinned in the consolation semifinals by Ronald Watson of St. Charles West and lost by technical fall in the quarterfinals to Ft. Zumwalt South’s Nicholas Hoven.
Gaebe won three preliminary matches, two by pin and one by medical forfeit. Gaebe pinned Mehville’s Mirzad Dzinic in an even two minutes and Westminster’s Hayden Turley in 3:27. He took a medical forfeit from Glendale’s Jordan Sims.
Ste. Genevieve’s Jacob Dickens and Pacific’s Callum Sitek pinned Gaebe in the preliminary matches.
Westminster’s Kirk Briden won the seventh-place match by an 8-2 decision against Duncan at 152 pounds. Valle Catholic’s Peyton Tucker won, 14-0, against Duncan in the consolation semifinals. Timberland’s Nick Nedved edged out Duncan, 7-5, in the quarterfinal round.
Duncan went 2-1 in preliminary matches, pinning Tucker (4:24) and Briden (1:57). Ft. Zumwalt South’s Nicholas Genovesse pinned Duncan in the final preliminary match.
At 285 pounds, Holtmeyer was pinned in the quarterfinals by the weight classes’ eventual champion, Aaron Herman of St. Clair. He was then pinned in the consolation semifinals by Chaminade’s Jake Ortiz and in the seventh-place match by Ste. Genevieve’s Chrstian Hale.
Holtmeyer scored one win by pin in the preliminary matches, against Mehlville’s Samantha Apple in 29 seconds. Holtmeyer took losses in the preliminary matches by pin against DeSmet’s Jacobi Jackson, Ste. Genevieve’s Clayton Vaughn and Timberland’s Chase McCoy.