Blue Jays wrestling swept a pair of duals across the big river Thursday.
Competing at Granite City, Ill., Washington defeated the host team, 60-18, and Kirkwood, 54-21.
Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm noted it was the first time Washington had beaten Granite City.
“It was a good way to start 2019 and hopefully we can build off of that heading in to the conference meet Saturday,” Ohm said.
Tate Hendricks (113 pounds), Dana Cates (126), James Johnson (132), Tommy Kelpe (138), Louis Obermark (145), Johnny Duncan (152), Collin Muller (160), Chris Griesenauer (170), Jack Carico (182) and Cory Hardesty (195) were all winners for the Blue Jays against Granite City.
Each of the Washington wins in the dual came either by win or forfeit.
Winners by pin included:
• Hendricks against James Manion in 0:26;
• Cates over Logan Lacefield in 1:14;
• Johnson versus Donavan Yellowlark in 0:43;
• Kelpe against George Wallace in 3:02;
• Obermark versus Robert Carter in 1:05;
• Duncan over Shane Price in 2:36;
• Griesenauer against Seth Brooks in 1:46; and
• Carico versus Demond Polach in 2:39.
Muller and Hardesty both won by forfeit.
Granite City gained three wins by pin with Storhm Jones defeating Evan Hey at 120 pounds, Michael Whitford pinning Ryan Gratzer (220) and Mason Kelly covering Gavin Holtmeyer (285).
The 106-pound match was a double forfeit.
Hendricks, Hey, Cates, Johnson, Kelpe, Obermark, Duncan, Muller, Carico and Holtmeyer each won for the Blue Jays.
Hendricks pinned Brock Hatfield (2:50), Hey pinned Aidan Walker (0:25), Cates pinned Ronnie Day (0:12), Johnson pinned Karsen Herr (1:14), Kelpe pinned Adam Dickinson (3:00), Obermark pinned Freeman Reinhold (1:40) and Carico pinned Kane Adelmann (3:32).
Duncan defeated Peter Hooks, 4-3, on a tiebraker. Muller won a 7-6 decision against Patrick Hatfield. Holtmeyer defeated Quinton Costello in njury time.
Landry Brown scored a win by forfeit for Kirkwood at 106. Dalton Rawlins edged Griesenauer in overtime, 5-3. Matthew Stoeckel pinned Hardesty and Sean Neal pinned Gratzer.
The Washington boys next wrestle Saturday in the Gateway Athletic Conference Championships at Warrenton.