Could it be a sign of things to come?
Two schools which aren’t full members of the Archdiocesan Athletic Association yet captured the top two spots at the league’s wrestling championships, hosted by Helias in Jefferson City Saturday.
The host Crusaders won the tournament title with 270 points and were followed by Tolton Catholic at 211 points. Both schools are entering the league as full members starting next season.
Of the current full members, St. Charles Lutheran led the way with 206 points. O’Fallon Christian was fourth at 120 while Borgia took fifth at 119 points.
“Today was a good day,” Borgia Head Coach Matt Posinski said. “We fielded a team of eight due to injuries. Borgia finished fifth out of seven teams, but we faced some tough competition.”
Rounding out the field were Bishop DuBourg (71) and St. Mary’s (53).
Borgia fielded a team of eight wrestlers due to injuries and captured one individual title, three second-place finishes and a third-place finish.
Two others finished fifth and one was sixth.
Borgia’s champion was Dylan Hellebusch (138). The Borgia senior opened with a 33-second pin against Tolton’s Audrey Hebert. He then pinned Seth Tucker of Lutheran St. Charles in 1:47.
In the title bout, Hellebusch pinned Jackson Schrimpf of Helias in 51 seconds.
Joseph Lause (106), Adam Hellebusch (113) and Reid Posinski (132) placed second.
Lause opened with a 1:58 pin of O’Fallon Christian’s Caleb Little and followed it with a 1:43 pin against Henry Kaiser of Lutheran St. Charles.
Gavin Adams of Helias pinned Lause in 2:20, but Lause bounced back to pin Andrew Nguyen of St. Mary’s in 1:11 to end the round robin.
“Joseph Lause went 3-1 and placed second,” Posinski said. “He had a really good day and fought through an injury to finish strong today. He is having a great year as a first-year wrestler and has great potential for the future.”
Adam Hellebusch started with a 10-4 win over Aleksey Salaz of Helias and followed with a 58-second pin of Tolton’s Paul Wilson.
Meeting O’Fallon Christian’s Jonathan Cochrum in the final round, Hellebusch dropped a 2-1 decision.
“Adam went 2-1 losing 2-1 to Cochrum,” Posinski said. “The two have faced each other three times this year and will see each other again at a quad on Monday.”
Reid Posinski had a bracket and won his semifinal over Clayborn Galloway of Tolton by a pin in 1:05. In the title match, he was pinned by Zack Carr of Helias in 5:42.
Braedyn Frankenberg (182) was Borgia’s third-place finisher and went 2-2 in the event.
He pinned Ty Williams of Lutheran St. Charles in 1:24, but lost to Garrett Schnieders of Helias in the second round by a 2:56 pin.
In his next bout, Frankenberg pinned Bishop DuBourg’s Steven Ludwig in 56 seconds. He then lost to Montgomery Mills of Tolton in 1:28.
“Braedyn Frankenberg did very well in his first event after coming back from an injury,” Posinski said. “I am looking for good things from him at district.”
Fifth-place finishers were Dominic Dolce (160) and Thaddeus Isgrigg (195).
Dolce was pinned by Lutheran St. Charles’ TJ Lawrence to start in 3:04. He then was pinned by Ian Cordell of St. Mary’s in 2:29.
Dolce ended with a 2:17 pin of Bishop DuBourg’s Luke Enright in 2:17.
Isgrigg lost all four matches. He was pinned by Bishop DuBourg’s Darez Yarber in 2:25, Tolton’s Connor Fogue in 47 seconds, Helias’ Noah Weiberg in 2:53 and Lutheran St. Charles’ Anthony Heard in 39 seconds.
“Thad Isgrigg struggled today,” Posinski said. “He was at the lower end of the weight class and gave up quite a few pounds to his opponents. He continues to be aggressive in his matches.”
Brynner Frankenberg (152) ended sixth. He was pinned by DuBourg’s Grant Pawlak in 1:36, by O’Fallon Christian’s Jacob Ottenlips in 1:00 and by Lutheran St. Charles’ Wyatt Kuliczkowski in 1:55.
“Brynner Frankenberg did well,” Posinski said. “He is really making some adjustments and is coming on strong in the second half of the season. He continues to improve with each match.”