It was not the night the Boys Varsity Wrestling Dragons of Ste. Genevieve were hoping for as they ventured into foreign territory to grapple the Hawks of Hillsboro. Competing as the visiting team is always a difficult task, but is especially challenging on the opposing team’s Senior Night. Painstakingly, the Hawks won the dual by the score of 51-9.
The Dragons fought valiantly though, and were able to keep many of the matches close, but the undefeated Hawks managed to edge them out in all but one match. Ethan Ogden, wrestling at the 170 lb. weight class, defeated his opponent by decision 7-3, earning three team points. The only other team points came from a forfeited weight class victory. Head Coach Jared Bonnell noted, “We lost several matches in the last few seconds. We have to be able to close matches down and win the close ones.
In the Girls dual, Ste. Gen lost by the score of 24-12, but had two strong wins. Isabel Basler pinned her opponent at the 127 lb. weight class, and at 235, Maggie Myracle also won by pin. Myracle was pleased with the outcome and said, “I tried to mainly get single legs but she was pushing into me a lot so I ended up getting her with a pass by. Overall, I am happy with my performance.”
There were also seven exhibition matches, of which four were won by Ste. Gen. Nicholas Wirick, at 132, defeated his opponent by pin at 3:39. Joseph Simmons, at 160, won by pin at 1:00. Also at 160, Dalton McBride won by pin at 3:28. At 182, Matthew Schmidt pinned his opponent in 3:07.
Bonnell added, “I was proud of all of our wrestlers last night. It was a tough loss for us, but it also is motivating. We will learn from our mistakes and move forward.”
The Dragons will look to do just that this Saturday, January 9, as they play host to the 8th annual Ste. Genevieve Dual Tournament, featuring Owensville, Dexter, Valle and Mehlville.