Originally, Borgia’s home wrestling opener Wednesday was supposed to be a tri-meet with Maplewood and Missouri Military Academy.
However, somewhere between Sunday and Tuesday, the meet became a dual meet with Washington’s subvarsity as first MMA, and then Maplewood, withdrew.
At the end of the long process, the Washington JV team edged Borgia on criteria, 40-39.
“It has been a whirlwind of a couple days with MMA and Maplewood both canceling on short notice for our season opener,” Borgia Head Coach Matt Posinski said. “However, in true Washington spirit, WHS was able to arrange for their JV team to join us on Monday. A special thanks to Bill Deckelman and Coach Josh Ohm for making this work out with Chris Arand our AD. It enabled my team to get a match in before our first tournament this Saturday at Ft. Zumwalt North and an opportunity for his team to get a few extra matches. Everyone had a match last night which was key.”
Ohm was able to turn his team around after a busy week. Washington wrestled twice in Rolla Tuesday.
“It is hard to be any prouder of these kids than I was last night,” Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm said. “On two days notice, our first-year kids stepped up to go compete in a varsity dual to help out our friends at Borgia.”
Ohm went deep into his roster to find wrestlers who were able to turn around quickly and compete at Borgia Wednesday night.
“Borgia has come a long way and they have some tough kids on their team, including two state medalists, so for our kids with no experience whatsoever to not even hesitate to go there and compete shows where we are at right now,” Ohm said. “Those kids who may normally not get many matches at the JV or varsity level did a great job and that is why this program is going to continue to improve.”
Initially, the event was reported as Borgia win on the seventh criteria (most first points). However, Posinski noted Washington actually won on criteria as Washington had a point awarded for unsportsmanlike conduct in a match.
In the varsity matches:
• 106 — Washington’s Tayhler Davis was unopposed;
• 113 — Borgia’s Joseph Lause pinned Washington’s Hunter Caldwell in 4:59;
• 120 — Borgia’s Adam Hellebusch pinned Washington’s Jakob Whistler in 2:20;
• 126 — Washington’s Nolan Luttrell was unopposed;
• 132 — Washington’s Robert Bira earned a 15-13 overtime decision against Borgia’s Ryan Smith;
• 138 — Borgia’s Reid Posinski pinned Washington’s Landen Byrne in 3:00;
• 145 — Borgia’s Grant Straatmann earned an 8-5 decision over Washington’s Cameron Mueller;
• 152 — Borgia’s Dylan Hellebusch pinned Washington’s Jake Straatmann in 2:19;
• 160 — Borgia’s Tommy Fortner pinned Washington’s Kaden Golic in 0:48;
• 170 — Washington’s Sam Backhaus pinned Borgia’s Brayden Desmond in 3:47;
• 182 — Borgia’s Braedyn Frankenberg pinned Washington’s Johnny Duncan in 0:39;
• 195 — Washington’s Ethan Soete pinned Borgia’s Thomas Engemann in 0:38;
• 220 — Washington’s Ryan Gratzer pinned Borgia’s Thaddeus Isgrigg in 4:23; and
• 285 — Washington’s Logan Kuhn pinned Borgia’s Luke Spaunhorst in 0:22.
In exhibition matches:
• 113 — Borgia’s Joseph Lause pinned Davis in 1:26;
• 138 — Borgia’s Garrett Posinski pinned Washington’s Shane Clines in 1:17;
• 145 — Borgia’s Nathan Boone pinned Mueller in 3:09;
• 152 — Borgia’s Brynner Frankenberg pinned Washington’s Jake Straatmann in 0:41; and
• 160 — Washington’s Kaden Golic pinned Borgia’s Brady Kleekamp in 2:42.
“This first meet was critical for us as a team,” Posinski said. “We have 17 wrestlers this year with eight wrestlers returning from last year. Of the remaining nine, two have prior experience. The other seven are all first-year wrestlers.”