Wrestling only half of the MICDS Eric Lewis Invitational, the Union wrestling Wildcats managed a 10th-place finish.
Union scored 99 points while only competing Friday. The school’s administration did not allow the team to return Saturday due to the forecast of winter weather.
“We wrestled well the first night but were not able to go on Saturday because of the forecasted snow,” Cranmer said.
Cranmer said Union High School administration chose not to send the team back for the second day and that Union was not the only school to make that choice.
Pacific won the meet with 180 points while St. Charles placed second at 155.5 points.
Cahokia, Ill., was third at 148 points and was followed by DeSmet (139.5), Oak Park (130.5), Francis Howell North (126), McCluer North (120.5) and St. Charles West (120).
After Union were Ladue (93), Chaminade (67), Saint Louis University High (54), Principia (44), Westminster (31), MICDS (29), Hazelwood West (17), Ritenour (9) and McCluer South-Berkeley (6).
Trying to beat the weather, the meet ran quickly and got through the semifinal round Friday night. That allowed Union to build up its point total before it wasn’t allowed to return.
Despite not being able to wrestle on the second day, several Wildcats were able to place.
Haiden Meyer (220) was the top finishing Wildcat, taking second.
Meyer opened with a quarterfinal win over McCluer South-Berkeley’s Kevon James by a pin in 0:28.
Meyer then pinned St. Charles’ Justin Mowry in 1:40.
Meyer was scheduled to wrestle Cahokia’s undefeated wrestler Jacob Bullock in the finals, but the match didn’t take place.
Six Wildcats finished sixth. They were Dylan Stalcup (113), Carter Sickmeier (126), Ben Cox (145), Jacob Nowak (152), David Clark (195) and Connor Ward (285).
Stalcup pinned Hazelwood West’s James McMaster in the quarterfinals in 1:19.
In the semifinals, DeSmet’s Jesse Hahs pinned Stalcup in 2:26. He did not wrestle after that.
Sickmeier lost in the opening round to Cole Hayse of Francis Howell North by a 10-5 decision. He came back to pin Leo Wagner of SLUH in 1:48. He then recorded a 17-4 major decision over McCluer North’s Paul Merriweather and took a bye over Wyatt Davis of the Union JV for his final decision of the meet.
Cox opened by pinning Michael Armstrong of McCluer North in 4:38.
In the quarterfinals, Cox defeated Westminster’s Benjamin Van Zee, 5-1.
Garrett Sheets of Principia pinned Cox in the semifinals in 1:01 and that was his last match.
Nowak competed three times Friday, winning twice.
Nowak opened with a 1:56 pin against Jacob Warrick of Principia. He was pinned by Derrick Scruggs of St. Charles West in 5:52, but came back to pin Louis Prevost of Chaminade in 2:34.
Clark went 1-1 with both matches decided by pins. He pinned Oak Park’s Colton Tisthammer in 3:14 and then lost to Principia’s Alex Reyes in 5:04.
Ward opened with a 2-1 decision over Oak Park’s Garrett Waddell. He then lost by a pin to Cahokia’s Danny Browlnee in 0:53 and that was his final match.
Dominick Beine (106), Gabe Hoekel (132) and Ryder Kuenzel (170) each finished eighth.
Beine pinned Pacific’s Ethan Flaherty in 2:10 before losing to Manareldeen Fajors of Ladue in the quarterfinals by a 3:30 pin.
Beine came back to pin Dontez Maxwell of Hazelwood West in 0:13 in his final match of the event.
Hoekel opened with a 6-3 win over Oak Park’s Lucas Cunningham, 6-3, but then lost to McCluer North’s Isaac Roberson by an 8-6 decision.
Hoekel came back to pin Howard Jackson of Ladue in 1:14 in his final match.
Kuenzel started with a 17-8 major decision over Chaminade’s Braden Luechtefeld before losing an 11-1 decision to McCluer North’s Ibrahim Ameer.
Kuenzel came back to pin St. Charles’ Devlan Noonan in 4:52.
Four other wrestlers, Hunter Garrett (120), Josh Wegescheide (138), Dane Fennessey (160) and Luke Siddens (182) did not place.
Of that group, Wegescheide was the only one to win a contested bout.
He pinned Jake Shelton of Ladue in the opening round in 1:36. His losses were a 1:08 pin against St. Charles’ Xavian Jackson and a 12-4 major decision against Brett St. John of Westminster.
Fennessey took a bye between losses to Chaminade’s Alex Hart (0:58 pin) and Ladue’s Miles Bassett (1:00 pin).
Garrett was pinned by McCluer North’s David Vance (1:14) and St. Charles West’s Evan Parker (0:49).
Siddens was pinned by Cahokia’s Keandre McCray in 2:44 and Ladue’s Callen Morley in 3:23.