Paced by one runner-up, Dylan Hellebusch, the Borgia wrestling Knights placed 11th among 18 teams at the Ft. Zumwalt North Tournament Saturday.
“I was very proud of the efforts of the team at today’s tournament,” Borgia Head Coach Matt Posinski said. “They are all continuing to improve and doing well for being in their first season. I keep telling them to look for the little wins with each match. Those wins are improvements from the prior match and everyone continues to get those little wins with each match.”
Borgia scored 202 points to end 11th between Mehlville (234.5) and Warrenton (198).
Ft. Zumwalt North won the overall title with 411.5 points. Windsor (354.5) was second with Lindbergh (334.5) taking third.
Rounding out the top five were Hannibal (304.5) and St. Charles (300).
Union was sixth with 298 points and was followed by Wentzville Liberty (291), Rock Bridge (280), Fulton (249) and Mehlville in the top 10.
“There was some strong competition at the Ft. Zumwalt North invitational,” Posinski said. “We went with 11 wrestlers and finished with 10. Grant Straatmann had to forfeit due to injury.”
Hellebusch (152) ended as the runner-up with a 2-1 record. In the quarterfinals, he pinned Mehlville’s Brody Valleroy in 1:45.
Moving to the semifinals, Hellebusch pinned Cody Thorne of St. Charles in 1:29.
In the title bout, Windsor’s Jacob Warren edged Hellebusch for the title, 3-1.
“We had a strong showing by seniors at the tournament,” Posinski said. “Dylan finished second. He had a tough match with Warren from Windsor.
Adam Hellebusch (120) took fourth with a 1-2 record in contested matches.
After getting a bye in the opening round, Hellebusch pinned Hazelwood West’s Levi Buerk in 3:06.
In the semifinals, Ft. Zumwalt North’s Teddy Hickey pinned Hellebusch in 3:36. Fulton’s Jeremy Caswell won the third-place bout, 6-4.
Reid Posinski (138) recorded a fourth-place finish, going 1-2 in his contested matches.
The win was a 2:58 pin over Ft. Zumwalt North’s Brady O’Neal.
The losses were to Wentzville Liberty’s Christian Zeik (2:49 pin) and a technical fall to Fulton’s Tucker Caswell (19-3 in 4:27).
Joseph Lause (113) ended seventh, losing both of his contested matches. He was pinned and lost by a technical fall.
Braedyn Frankenberg (182) ended eighth, winning one of his four contested bouts. He pinned Devlan Noonan of St. Charles in 36 seconds in the opening round. In the other three matches, two were decided by technical falls and one was a pin.
“He was leading in his last match but lost by pin,” Posinski said. “He is much stronger and confident this season.”
Dominic Dolce (160) won one of three contested bouts. He earned a 13-5 major decision over Fulton’s David Gibson in the consolation bracket. He was pinned in both of his other matches.
“He did well in his matches and has improved his technique from last year,” Posinski said.
Tommy Fortner (170) picked up one win in his three contested matches to place 11th. He edged Hunter Perkins of Wentzville Liberty in the second bout, 11-8. He was pinned in the other two matches.
“He is looking strong and is performing well after being out of the sport for two years,” Posinski said.
Ryan Smith (132) ended 12th, losing all three of his contested matches by pins.
Straatmann (145) was 13th after losing his second match by a medical forfeit. The other match ended in a loss with a pin.
Thadd Isgrigg (195) ended 15th and lost all three contested matches by pins.
Luke Spaunhorst (220) lost both of his contested matches by pins.
After wrestling Parkway West and Brentwood Tuesday, Borgia will go to the Union Tournament Saturday.
“Looking at the list of teams, it will be a very competitive tournament,” Posinski said.