St. Clair didn’t last the whole tournament unbeaten at Ste. Genevieve Saturday, but four Bulldogs did.
Jason Landing (132), Ryan Herman (152) and Aaron Herman (182) each went 4-0 at the seventh annual Ste. Genevieve Dual Tournament. Josh Richards (220) went 3-0.
The Bulldogs finished second in the tournament, defeating Fulton, 46-24, Dexter, 44-22, and Owensville, 48-28, before losing 51-30 against Ste. Genevieve in the final round. The host Dragons swept the event.
“I was pleased with what I saw as a workmanlike performance yesterday in our second-place finish at Ste. Genevieve,” St. Clair Head Coach Mel Hughes said. “We have gone through a gauntlet of competition going back to the Kinloch Classic Dec. 29th. On average, our team members have wrestled a dozen or more matches in a period of eight days against some of the top teams in the state. Multiple weigh-ins in such a short period of time are a challenge that requires our wrestlers to be extremely disciplined in their nutrition and individual training outside of team practices. I think our guys for the most part handled the challenges well and we will be a better team for the experiences gained from this extremely tough part of our schedule.”
Aaron Herman moved down a weight class to 182 for the event, pinning all four of his opponents. He topped Fulton’s Andrew Isom in 56 seconds, Dexter’s Jeff Featherston in 3:43, Owensville’s Colton Moore in 47 seconds and Ste. Genevieve’s Josh Schmidt in 1:03.
His brother, Ryan Herman, picked up two wins by pin and two by forfeit. Ryan Herman scored pins against Owensville’s Blaine Schoenfeld (3:53) and Ste. Genevieve’s Jared Humbolt (4:31).
Landing cruised through the event with three wins by pin and one with an injury stoppage. Landing pinned Jacob Kern from Fulton in 1:53, Dexter’s Trevor McDonald in 46 seconds and Ste. Genevieve’s Jacob Boyer in 1:52.
Landing was declared the winner and received six points against Owensville’s Kolby Jahnsen after the match was stopped at 2:53.
Richards pinned Fulton’s Nate Schutzenhofer in 1:09 before scoring a 6-5 decision win against Dexter’s Colten Gibson and defeated Owensville’s Dakota Martin after an injury stoppage at 2:22.
Richards did not wrestle against Ste. Genevieve and St. Clair forfeited that weight class to the Dragons. The Bulldogs forfeited the 113-, 126- and 195-pound weight classes in each dual.
“Our guys grinded throughout the day defeating three solid teams convincingly before falling to an always tough Ste. Genevieve team in our last dual of the day,” Hughes said. “We had to make some decisions on our lineup based on some injuries that have been affecting several of our athletes. I am sure all of our guys are pretty worn down and we look forward to a lull in competition after our home quad on Tuesday to allow us time to focus on recovery and rehabilitation of injuries as we begin the big push toward the postseason.”
Dalton Thompson (120) and Trevion Harvey (285) were both winners in three out of four matches at the event.
Thompson scored two wins by pin and one by technical fall. He pinned Owensville’s Austin Angell in 2:29 and Ste. Genevieve’s Dalton McNeal in 2:18.
The technical fall came against Dexter’s Drew Soule by a score of 15-0.
Fulton’s Sam Hrabovsky was the only wrestler to defeat Thompson on the day, winning by an 11-3 major decision.
Harvey pinned Fulton’s Tyrese Vaughn in 5:00 and Owensville’s Bryce Mistler in 2:45. He was a winner by forfeit against Dexter.
Isaac Boyd from Ste. Genevieve was the only one to record points against Harvey in the tournament, scoring three on a 10-5 decision.
Brandon Lackey McDowell (145), Trenton Balderson (145) and Grant Bay (160) each picked up two wins at the tournament.
McDowell scored six points against Dexter by forfeit and another six points against Owensville by pinning Tighe Bombach in 2:46.
Balderson picked up two victories by pin, topping Fulton’s Hunter Hampton in 1:45 and Ste. Genevieve’s Nathan Selby in 2:26.
Bay pinned Fulton’s David Gibson in 1:24 and was a winner by forfeit against Dexter.
Cody Armistead (106) went 1-3 at the tournament, picking up a win by forfeit against Owensville.
Randy Simpson (170) finished the day 0-4.
The Bulldogs host Principia, MICDS and St. James in a quad meet Tuesday evening.