Opening 2019 at home, the St. Francis Borgia Regional wrestling Knights nearly pulled off a sweep Thursday.
Wrestling in the Wingbermuehle Activity Center, Borgia recorded a 32-30 win over Archdiocesan Athletic Association rival St. Mary’s, but was edged by Hancock in the other match, 30-29.
“The team has made some great progress since before the break,” Borgia Head Coach Matt Posinski said. “I am really proud of their efforts and improvements. They are all making adjustments and their effort is showing in their performance.”
For the night, Borgia went 9-3 in contested varsity matches and won the lone exhibition event.
Facing league rival St. Mary’s, the Knights made history with the one-point team victory.
“It was the first time as a team we beat St. Mary’s in five years,” Posinski said.
Borgia won five of the six contested matches. The Knights also picked up one forfeit.
St. Mary’s earned 18 points on three forfeits.
Borgia’s winners were:
• Joseph Lause (120) won a 9-1 major decision over Conner Popham;
• Garrett Posinski (138) earned a 16-4 major decision over Aidan Lanemann;
• Grant Straatmann (145) pinned Drew Vogel in 1:06;
• Braedyn Frankenberg (182) pinned Adam Willett in 1:11;
• Thaddeus Isgrigg (195) pinned Wesley Cornell in 3:30; and
• Brynner Frankenberg (160) was unopposed.
In the other contested match, Jaidon Busby (152) of St. Mary’s pinned Borgia’s Nathan Boone in 3:08.
Winning forfeit matches for St. Mary’s were Nhat Nguyen (126), Allen Ho (132), Noel Notheis (170) and Christian Dodd (285).
Borgia’s Oliver Mace (152) won an exhibition over Isaac Joly by a pin in 1:57.
In the other dual meet, Hancock used three forfeits to gain the win over the Knights.
Borgia won four of the six contested matches and also won one match by a forfeit.
Depth was an issue for both teams as there were four open weight classes.
Borgia’s winners were:
• Lause (120) earned a 23-4 technical fall over Chase Blagg in 5:46;
• Brynner Frankenberg (160) pinned Nancy Licea in 5:48;
• Braedyn Frankenberg (182) pinned Benjamin Dixon in 2:24;
• Isgrigg (195) pinned Milan Pavlovic in 0:29; and
• Garrett Posinski (138) won by forfeit.
In other contested matches:
• Hancock’s Xavier Smith (145) pinned Straatmann in 3:16; and
• Daniel Brunts (152) pinned Borgia’s Boone in 5:03.
Hancock’s forfeit winners were Blade Crook (126), Ryan Schlereth (220) and Spencer Everett (113).
Posinski said Boone had a solid night, but got into situations in both matches to be pinned.
Borgia stays at home next week, hosting Jefferson City and Valle Catholic Monday.