Led by eight medal winners, Washington wrestled its way to seventh place in the Gateway Athletic Conference.

The Blue Jays finished the event Saturday at Warrenton with a total of 102 points. Holt won the conference championship with 170 points.

Second place went to Ft. Zumwalt South at 156 points. Francis Howell was third with 144 points and Francis Howell Central (118.5) and Timberland (107) rounded out the top five.

Other team scores included Ft. Zumwalt North (103.5), Ft. Zumwalt West (95.5), Francis Howell North (89), Wentzville Liberty (77.5), St. Charles West (73.5), St. Charles (70), Warrenton (60.5), Ft. Zumwalt East (59.5), Troy (53), Winfield (26) and Orchard Farm (nine).

Chris Griesenauer topped the list of Washington performers, taking second place in the 170-pound division.

Jack Carico (182 pounds) finished third. Dana Cates (126) placed fourth. Tate Hendricks (113) and Evan Hey (120) each finished in fifth place and Tommy Kelpe (138), Louis Obermark (145) and Johnny Duncan (152) all placed sixth.

“I thought we wrestled well, just not consistently,” Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm said. “I think if we can figure out a way to find that consistency, we will do very well in February.  Last year we medaled three and this year we medaled eight so it was an improvement and that is our goal each time we step on the mat. So, that is something we can be proud of and use to motivate us to get back in the room and continue to get better and be better prepared when we go to Timberland to see two more conference schools with them and (Zumwalt) East.”

Griesenauer reached the championship match with wins in a 3-1 decision against Timberland’s Justin Steffeny and due to an injury forfeit in the third period of the semifinals against Austin Reeves of Ft. Zumwalt West.

Francis Howell Central’s Austin Smith scored a pin against Griesenauer in the third period of the championship match.

Carico defeated Treyvon Ward (St. Charles) in the quarterfinals by a 3-2 decision. In the semifinals, Jaxtin Steffeny (Timberland) defeated Carico by a 12-4 decision.

Carico earned his way into the third-place match with a pin in 2:29 over Troy’s Andrew Bergfeld and then topped Isaiah Edmonds (Ft. Zumwalt South) in a 12-7 decision in the final round.

Benjamin Lindley (Ft. Zumwalt South) won an 8-1 decision against Cates in the quarterfinals. Cates then worked his way back into the third-place match with a pin against Jake Evrard (Warrenton) in 1:00 and a 7-2 decision victory against Shakboz Hasanov (Ft. Zumwalt East).

Lindley against upended Cates, this time 4-3, in the third-place match.

Hendricks dropped his quarterfinal match to Braden Stark (Ft. Zumwalt East) by an 8-2 decision. He rebounded to win by pin against Payton Irvin (St. Charles) in 5:51 before losing a consolation match to Mitchell Huber (Ft. Zumwalt West) by a 10-0 major decision.

In the fifth-place match, Hendricks pinned Kaelen Raible (Ft. Zumwalt South) in 1:39.

Hey was pinned by Brandon Khoury (Timberland) in the quarterfinals. Hey then pinned Ian Magbitang (Francis Howell Central) in 1:30 before being pinned by Caleb Walden (Ft. Zumwalt North) in the consolation rounds.

Hey scored his second pin of the day, defeating Zachary Godar (Ft. Zumwalt South) in 3:09 in the fifth-place match.

Kelpe won his quarterfinal match, 8-6, in overtime against Ben Wright (Francis Howell). He was then pinned twice in succession by Andrew Godier (Francis Howell Central) and Wyatt Haynes (Wentzville Liberty) to fall into the fifth-place match.

Wright edged out Kelpe, 5-4, in a rematch of the quarterfinals to finish fifth.

Obermark started off the tournament with a win by pin in 3:05 against James Lovell (St. Charles West). Kaden Hart (Francis Howell Central) sent Obermark into the consolation bracket with a 17-1 win by technical fall in the quarterfinals.

Obermark then pinned Thomas Renz (Timberland) in 4:49 before losing a 14-8 decision against Joshua Simmons (Francis Howell North).

Hayden Trezek (Francis Howell) finished in fifth place with a victory by pin against Obermark in the second round.

Duncan started off in the quarterfinals with an 8-1 decision loss to Corey Wait (Francis Howell Central). He then defeated Cmaeron Burton, 14-13, in overtime and was pinned by Trentin Helton (Wentzville Liberty).

In the 152-pound fifth-place contest, Nicholas Genovesse (Ft. Zumwalt South) scored a win by pin against Duncan in the second round.

Collin Muller (160 pounds) lost his opening match to Devin Walters (Holt) by pin before reeling off three consecutive wins to close out the tournament.

Muller pinned James Seitzer (Orchard Farm, 2:30), Sean Wachter (Ft. Zuwmalt East, 3:05) and Alex Vogel (Francis Howell Central, 1:37).

At 132 pounds, James Johnson similarly suffered his only loss in the first round. Johnson lost a 6-5 decision to Brandon Jones before winning his last two matches by pin against Tanner Swafford (Ft. Zumwalt West, 4:24) and Ronald Watson (St. Charles West, 3:40).

Cory Hardesty (195 pounds), Ryan Gratzer (220) and Gavin Holtmeyer (285) each posted a 0-2 record at the tournament.