Washington had two wrestlers finish in the top four to lead the team to an eighth-place finish at the Raytown South Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Blue Jays totaled 446 points at the two-day event. Mt. Carmel (Kan.) won the team championship with 669.5 points. Springdale Har-Ber placed second with 637.5 points and Lincoln (Neb.) finished third with a score of 539.
Turner (Kan.) and Ft. Osage placed fourth and fifth with 538.5 and 532.5 points, respectively. Washington was joined in the top 10 by Lincoln North Star (Neb.) (509.5), Blue Springs South (506), Branson (444.5) and Raytown South (422).
Other varsity teams included Raytown (417), Excelsior Springs (399), Smith Cotton (378.5), Clinton (370), Centura (Neb.) (283), Rogers Heritage (Ark.) (258), St. Joseph Central (226), Hillcrest (194) and Grandview (175).
“Overall as a team I saw a lot of improvement form the last time we competed in a tournament,” Head Coach Josh Ohm said. “Although the final results don’t really show it, I thought it was a good performance for most of us. With as young as we are as long as we are only taking steps forward I know that we will be ready come February and this weekend was a great example of that. As a team we understand that once again there are no moral victories, we didn’t get it done this weekend but we also know that our only concern is ourselves. So as long as we stay the course we will be just fine.”
Chris Griesenauer had the top Washington finish of the tournament, coming in third at 160 pounds.
Griesenauer steamrolled his way through the first eight rounds with five pins, one technical fall, a decision and a bye.
“Chris separated himself from a lot of people this weekend,” Ohm said. “Not only did he go 9-1, but he pinned or teched everyone he faced except one individual. We believe Chris has a ton of potential, and after this weekend I think he is seeing it now. Mentally, he is almost impossible to break now. In more than one match he found himself down and in trouble but he found a way to get back in the match and then finish it with the bonus. Chris may be young and make mistakes, but he definitely is the type that if you make a mistake he will capitalize off it and finish he match. That is a great quality to have and its something that is helping lead this team right now.”
Branson’s Collin Andrews was the only wrestler to score a win against Griesenauer at the event, getting the win by pin in 1:13 of the ninth round.
That sent Griesenauer to the third-place match where he pinned Raytown South’s Nathaniel McIntyre in 3:10.
Washington’s 170-pound representative, Jack Carico, finished fourth in the tournament.
After taking a first-round pin loss to Smith Cotton’s Gauge Young, Carico reeled off four pin victories in a row before winning his sixth match by decision and then taking two byes. He defeated Raytown’s David Beam by a 15-3 major decision to qualify for the third-place match.
“Jack had a first round setback to the eventual champion and went on to win eight straight matches to get him into that third place match,” Ohm said. “That just shows that he is a tough kid who is improving every day. His only concern was the match in front of him and he just kept chipping away to get to that final round.”
There, Mt. Carmel’s Kevin Mills took the win against Carico by an 11-1 major decision.
The Blue Jays had four wrestlers finish eighth at the tournament — Tate Hendricks (106), Ben Griffen (120), Louis Obermark (145) and Michael Boehlein (220).
Griffen went 5-3 at the tournament, discounting byes. He won three matches by pin, one by decision and one by medical forfeit.
Boehlein also had a 5-3 record in contested matches at the tournament. He scored all five of his victories by pin, taking one loss by pin and losing twice by decision.
Obermark picked up three wins by pin and a pair of byes in the first five rounds before suffering his first loss. He rebounded to get another victory by pin before dropping his last two matches, finishing 4-3 in contested rounds. Hendricks went 3-3 in contested matches.
Evan Hey (126), Dana Cates (138) and Cory Hardesy (195) each finished 10th in their weight classes for Washington. Kyle Buchanan, wrestling for Washington’s JV at 145, also finished 10th.
Collin Muller wrestled his way to 12th at 182 pounds. Tyler Ramsey finished 14th at 152 and Andrew Inman 19th at 285.