Ste. Genevieve hosted both a Boys and Girls scramble Varsity Wrestling event this past weekend on Saturday, December 5. The Ste. Gen Boys competed against Fulton, Oakville, St. Charles, Poplar Bluff and Potosi. In the end, the Dragons managed to earn a third place victory coming from 55 team points. Poplar Bluff and Fulton took first and second, respectively.
The Ste. Gen Girls competed against St. Charles, Eureka, and Fulton. The Dragons finished third, with 10 team points. St. Charles and Eureka finished first and second, respectively.
The Dragons had some tremendous individual performances, especially at the lower weight classes, that aided in earning the bronze finishes for each team.
On the boys side, at the 106 lb. weight class, Gage Gross went undefeated, pinning three of his four opponents. At 113, Bryant Schwent also was undefeated winning both of his matches by pins. At 126, Dalton McNeal had an incredible 5-0 performance, with four pins. All three grapplers earned first place in their weight classes.
Gavin Gross, at 132, also turned in an excellent day of wrestling going 3-1, with two pins. He was awarded second place. Gross was excited for his team and said, “We had a lot of fun for our first tournament, but we still have a lot of improvements to make. We just need to work hard in the room and don’t just go through the motions.”
At 138, Justin Schwent went 1-3. At 145, Nathan Selby went 1-4. Levi Wiegand had a 2-2 record, with both wins coming from falls, placing third.
At 160, Kaleb Myracle landed a second place finish coming from a 4-1 record, with two wins via pin. At 170, Ethan Ogden also came in second after a 4-1 record, with all four wins recorded by fall.
Elijah Holifield, at 182, managed a 2-3 record. Also at 182, Matthew Schmidt went 0-5. At 195, Nathan Johnson had a 1-3 record, with his win via pin. At 285, Ryan Schmelzle went 3-2, pinning all three opponents he defeated, which earned him a third place finish.
In the girls tournament, at 112, Paityn Basler turned in a stellar performance going 2-1, with her two wins coming via pin, winning first place. At 122, Brynna Wehner went 0-2 for a third place finish, and Dakotah Medows went 0-3.
Isabel Basler, at 132, went 2-1 with two pins, earning second place. Finally, at 235, Maggie Myracle went 1-1, with one pin, which also earned her second place.
The season has just begun for the Dragons, but things are looking good, especially for the lighter weight grapplers. Hard work and dedication are the glue that hold the foundation of good wrestling together, and the Dragons are dedicated to hard work.