The wrestling season began with a tri-meet split for the Washington Blue Jays.
On the road at Owensville last Tuesday, Washington defeated the Dutchmen, 60-18, and dropped a close contest to Rolla, 36-31.
Five Blue Jays were winners in both of their matches in the tri-meet and 12 Washington wrestlers got at least one win Tuesday.
“It was a fun competitive dual to start the season,” Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm said. “If one match goes a little differently, we win that dual (with Rolla). Both teams were missing quite a few starters, so I think if we wrestle that dual again we could have a very different outcome. It was nice just to finally get to wrestle someone outside of our room. I think our intensity was there and we clearly have a gas tank that will handle anything we see. We made quite a few mistakes that will be addressed immediately in practice, but overall I can live with that start of the season.”
Ryan Gratzer scored two pins for Washington at 220 pounds. He topped Owensville’s Hunter Hutchison in 2:36 and Rolla’s Luke Beaugard in 5:31.
At 152 pounds, Johnny Duncan won two contested matches for the Blue Jays. He pinned Owensville’s Edward Delong in 1:09 and bested Rolla’s David Redding in the first sudden victory round, 15-13.
Caleb Hlavaty also won a pair of contested matches at 160 pounds. Hlavaty pinned Alan Kopp of Owensville in 1:01 and picked up a 14-12 decision against Andre Ridenhour of Rolla.
“I really thought some of our less experienced guys really stepped up,” Ohm said. “Caleb Hlavaty and Johnny Duncan wrestled their first varsity matches for us and each got two big wins with both jumping up a weight class to help us in each dual. Ryan Gratzer, who is also new to our lineup, did a great job to score in the bonus for us. If we can get our experienced guys to be more consistent, added with what our newer guys are doing, I think we will have a great year.”
Tate Hendricks scored a 14-0 major decision victory against Rolla’s Billy Cowan at 113. The Dutchmen did not have a representative in that weight class, giving Hendricks the win by forfeit. Hendricks was a state qualifier at 106 pounds last season.
“Tate Hendricks has established himself as a clear team leader and dominated his kid, and I was very happy with where he is at right now,” Ohm said.
Dana Cates pinned Rolla’s Dakota Arthur in 2:43 and won by forfeit against Owensville.
Tayhler Davis scored a pin victory against Owensville’s David Vincent in 29 seconds in the 106-pound weight class, but was pinned by Rolla’s Hunter Hoffman.
Tommy Kelpe (138) pinned Owensville’s Boston Belk in 1:37 and lost a 3-0 decision to Rolla’s Dathan Mickem.
Louis Obermark (145) pinned Kolby Jahnsen from Owensville in 3:28 and was pinned by Rolla’s Justin McEnaney.
Chris Griesenauer (170) bested Owensville’s Owen Holtzer due to an injury forfeit and lost an 8-2 decision to Hayden Fane from Rolla.
Jack Carico (182) defeated Rolla’s Bryce O’Connor, 8-6, and was pinned by Owensville’s Blaine Schoenfeld.
At 285, Gavin Holtmeyer pinned Rolla’s Riess Clark in 1:21 and lost an 8-3 decision against the Dutchmen’s Joseph Bauer.
Evan Hey (12) won by forfeit against Owensville and was pinned by Rolla’s Anthony Sederburg.
At 132, Owenville’s Tighe Bombach defeated Ayden Gaebe by an 8-4 decision. Rolla’s Alexander Sederburg scored a pin against Gaebe.
Rolla’s David Rogers and Owensville’s Cody Linders each pinned Cory Hardesty at 195 pounds.
Washington wrestled at Wesminster last weekend.