It’s always important to start out the season on a strong note. Getting that first win can set the tone for the entire season. The Ste. Gen Dragons Boys Varsity Wrestling team did just that on Tuesday, December 1, as the Varsity wrestling team defeated the Rebels from Central Park Hills 48-25.
There are 14 weight classes in high school folk style wrestling. Winning the majority of the matches is usually enough to get the win. For Ste. Gen, five falls and three forfeits were enough to out score the opposition and earn that crucial first dual meet victory. Head Coach Jared Bonnell noted, “We were happy to get the win and were happy to see several of our freshmen and first time varsity wrestlers get a win.”
At 106, Gage Gross took the free 6 points on the forfeit. 113 went uncontested as a double forfeit. Bryant Schwent got the momentum rolling for the dragons with his first round pin at 1:55. Dalton McNeal then picked up the second forfeit at 126.
The next two weight classes went to Central. At 132, Gavin Gross lost via technical fall on a score of 18-2. Nich Wirick lost at 138 on a pin at 2:57.
Justin Schwent turned the tide back for Ste. Gen at 145, winning by pin at 2:48. Schwent spoke on the match, “In the first period I let him get a four point lead. I won tho coin toss and deferred, so he chose down and I thought to myself ‘I got this, I have to keep him down and get a pin,’ So I kept my mind to it, and did what I could to get the pin.” Levi Wiegand followed suit quickly dispatching his opponent at :39 with a pin. Kaleb Myracle then lost on a decision 13-6 at 160. Myracle said, “If I had to wrestle that match again, I probably would have been a little faster and lighter on my feet. My goal for my team is to win districts.”
At 170, Ethan Ogden came back strong for the Dragons picking up a fall at :35. Elijah Holifield added a third forfeit victory at 182. Central took 195 and 220 on a technical fall over Damien Wheeler and a fall on Nathan Johnson, respectively. Finishing off the night was a hard fought pin by Ryan Schmelzle for Ste. Gen at 285.
The Dragons did what they had hoped to do, which was secure that crucial first win. The season is long and arduous, but for now, they’re on the right track. Bonnell sees room for refinement, and said, “Our season goal is to continue to improve everyday we are on the mat.”