Taking points in every weight in which it had a wrestler, Pacific won handily on the mats at Washington.
The Indians recorded a 58-18 victory against the Blue Jays, a district opponent, Tuesday, picking up eight victories by pin, one by major decision and two by decision.
“I was pretty happy with how we came out and competed,” Pacific Head Coach Rob Schimsa said. “Washington always wrestles tough. They’re kind of a hard-nosed team.”
Winners by pin included Jakob Balleydier (113 pounds), Noah Patton (126), Gage Kassing (132), Cole Cracchiolo (138), Ben Courtney (152), James Anding (170), Chase Keleman (220) and Trevor Heitsch (285).
“Pacific is a very tough team this year,” Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm said. “We expect them to win our district so we knew it would be a tough night for us. We had a few swing matches that I thought we could win and we just didn’t perform at the level I think we are capable of so it ended up being a rough night for us. The score isn’t indicative of what really happened. There is no way around it, they beat us in every single match and that just can not happen for us as a team and a program.”
Heitsch had the quickest pin of the match, topping Ryan Gratzer in 1:19.
Balleydier pinned Mia Reed in 1:55.
Patton got by Evan Hey in 4:59.
Kassing picked up his win over James Johnson in 2:33.
Cracchiolo scored the victory against Dana Cates in 5:04.
Courtney got the better of Tyler Ramsey in 3:33.
Anding pinned Cory Hardesty in 1:27.
Keleman’s win came against Andrew Inman in 1:50.
Callum Sitek defeated Ben Griffen by a 13-3 major decision at 120 pounds.
Decision winners were Vincent Boyen and Nathan Murray.
Boyen edged Tate Hendricks by a 4-3 decision at 106 pounds.
Murray’s nine points won out against the six of Chris Griesenauer in the 160-pound match.
“There were two or three matches going into it that I was kind of worried about,” Schimsa said. “The 106 match between Boyen and Hendricks was a good match. The 138 match, we ended up getting the fall, but it was a good match. And then the 160 match that Murray won was a tight match.”
Washington had three winners by forfeit — Louis Obermark (145 pounds), Collin Muller (182) and Michael Boehlein (195).
Pacific went on to wrestle Union Thursday in an attempt to sweep the Four Rivers Conference. That match is covered in a separate story.
Washington next wrestles in its final home meet of the season Friday at 5 p.m., hosting Borgia, Union and Willard.
“We need to figure out what we want out of this season and start doing the things that could help us achieve those goals,” Ohm said. “There is still time, but we are definitely running out of it so if we are going to make a change to jump levels it has to be now. I think we will find out a lot about our team Friday when we wrestle Borgia and Union. If we can go out there and dominate then we will definitely be in a good position going into the last week of the season, if not then we are in trouble.”
The postseason begins for both teams in the Class 3 District 1 Tournament at Farmington, starting Feb. 9.