Give the late-season edge to the Washington Blue Jays.
Washington swept both of its matches in an area tri-meet Friday at Blue Jay Gym, defeating both Union and Borgia.
The meet results were:
• Union 42, Borgia 30;
• Washington 52, Union 27; and
• Washington 63, Borgia 17.
“I think Friday night was a good way for us to finish our dual season,” Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm said. “We were able to get two dominant wins in front of our home ground and on Alumni Night so hopefully we gave our fans and alumni something to be proud of. At this point in the season, we are not worried about wins and losses but about our performance and I think last night was a good example of that. Now that we are in the week of districts, our focus changes. We are preparing to win matches and advance.”
Borgia Head Coach Matt Posinski said it was a good meet.
“It was nice for us to be able get together and compete with the schools in the area,” Posinski said. “Many of the young men wrestled together in little league.”
Originally, it was supposed to be a quad meet with Willard also competing. However, Willard instead wrestled Owensville Friday.
All three schools head to district meets this Friday and Saturday. Washington and Union are at the Class 3 District 1 event at Farmington. Borgia wrestles in the Class 2 District 1 tournament in Ste. Genevieve.
The two visiting teams wrestled each other to open the night at Blue Jay Gym.
Union ended up winning with a pair of forfeits at the end of the meet giving the Wildcats the victory, 42-30.
“We did well in the lower weight classes against Union,” Posinski said. “We struggled to get some wins in the upper weight classes and the open spots we had in the higher weights handicapped us in our overall team score.”
There were eight contested matches and two exhibitions during the meet. Each team won four contested bouts. Union took three forfeit wins to one for Borgia. Both teams were open at two weight classes.
Union’s winners in contested matches were:
• Ben Cox (145) pinned Borgia’s Nathan Boone in 3:06;
• Christophe Poinsett (152) pinned Borgia’s Brynner Frankenberg in 59 seconds;
• David Clark (182) pinned Borgia’s Braedyn Frankenberg in 50 seconds; and
• Haiden Meyer (195) pinned Borgia’s Thaddeus Isgrigg in 56 seconds.
Borgia’s winners in contested matches were:
• Joseph Lause (106) pinned Union’s Dominick Beine in 3:07;
• Adam Hellebusch (113) pinned Union’s Luke Smith in 1:29;
• Reid Posinski (132) pinned Union’s Joshua Wegescheide in 3:22; and
• Dylan Hellebusch (138) pinned Union’s Jordan Waldman in 1:59.
Union’s Ryder Kuenzel (170), Hunter Triplett (220) and Connor Ward (285) and Borgia’s Dominic Dolce (160) were unopposed. Both sides were open at 120 and 126.
Two of the unopposed wrestlers, Kuenzel and Dolce, wrestled a 170-pound exhibition match with Kuenzel winning on a technical fall at 5:02, 17-2. Union’s Luke Siddens (170) also won an exhibition match, pinning Brayden Desmond in 25 seconds.
The Blue Jays took care of business against Union, maximizing points in its wins.
Washington won six contested matches while Union took five. The Blue Jays added 18 points on three forfeit wins.
Washington’s winners were:
• Tate Hendricks (106) pinned Beine in 4:28;
• James Johnson (132) pinned Wegescheide in 5:32;
• Dana Cates (138) pinned Cox in 1:24;
• Kyle Buchanan (145) pinned Waldman in 43 seconds;
• Gunnar Noud (182) pinned Clark in 5:36; and
• Andrew Inman (220) won a 9-1 major decision over Triplett.
Union’s winners were:
• Smith (113) pinned Mia Reed in 1:40;
• Poinsett (152) pinned Tyler Ramsey in 5:23;
• Kuenzel (170) pinned Cory Hardesty in 4:47;
• Meyer (195) won an 8-3 decision over Michael Boehlein; and
• Ward (285) pinned Ryan Gratzer in 1:30.
Washington’s Ben Griffen (120), Tommy Kelpe (126) and Chris Griesenauer (160) were unopposed.
Washington swept the three exhibition matches. Hunter Caldwell (113) pinned Megan Klick, Johnny Duncan (170) pinned Siddens in 2:52 and Collin Muller (182) pinned Dalton Brewer in 25 seconds.
“I was very happy with the way James (Johnson) wrestled to get the bonus for us,” Ohm said. “It was nice to have Gunnar back in the lineup finally and he went out there and stuck a very tough kid from Union, so that is a bonus for us.”
The Blue Jays won six of the eight contested matches to beat Borgia, 63-17.
“When we faced Washington, we had a strong start from Reid Posinski and Dylan Hellebusch,” Posinski said. “We failed to get any traction with any wins between 145-285. The three open positions did not help.
Washington also won five forfeit wins while Borgia was unopposed at one weight.
Washington’s winners in contested bouts were:
• Hendricks (106) won a 7-0 decision over Lause;
• Louis Obermark (145) pinned Boone in 50 seconds;
• Ramsey (152) pinned Brynner Frankenberg in 41 seconds;
• Griesenauer (160) pinned Dolce in 2:00;
• Noud (182) pinned Braedyn Frankenberg in 3:24; and
• Boehlein (195) pinned Isgrigg in 1:36.
Borgia’s winners were:
• Posinski (132) won a 17-0 technical fall over Johnson; and;
• Dylan Hellebusch (138) pinned Cates in 3:50.
Washington’s forfeit winners were Griffen (120), Kelpe (126), Hardesty (170), Inman (220) and Gratzer (285). Borgia’s Adam Hellebusch (113) was unopposed.
In exhibition matches, Washington’s Timmy Boehlein (132) edged Garrett Posinski, 7-6 and Ethan Soete (220) of the Blue Jays pinned Luke Spaunhorst in 2:13.
“Joseph Lause finished the night with a good performance against Tate Hendricks and lost by decision,” Posinski said. “I was pleased with the performance of the team. The team has become more confident and aggressive as the season has progressed. It has been good to see the progress the young men have made, especially the first-year wrestlers. This week will be focusing on honing their technique as we prepare for the district at Ste. Genevieve.”
Note — Union Head Coach Justin Cranmer was not able to respond to requests for comments before deadline.