Even though it’s seemingly the end for the Ste. Genevieve Girls Varsity Wrestling team, the season has only just begun. The District tournament is the beginning of the road to the State tournament, the ultimate prize in high school wrestling. For three Dragon wrestlers, they have taken the first step and advanced out of District 1, moving on to Sectionals.
This past weekend, the MSHSAA District 1 tournament took place, and the Dragons of Ste. Gen finished in 7th place as team, out of 23 schools. The team collectively scored 61 points, coming from just five entrants. Individually, however, the team did remarkably well, putting three wrestlers on the podium. Head Coach Jared Bonnell said, “All we told them is to take it one match at a time. They all knew what was at stake and they didn’t need any added pressure from us. We were happy with the way we wrestled and will look to improve for the next tournament.”
Wrestling at the 107 lb. weight class, Paityn Basler had a rough day. She lost her quarterfinal match, and then subsequent consolation semifinal match, and was eliminated from the tournament.
Autumn Basler, at 117, placed third and scored 18 team points. She won her quarterfinal match by pin in 1:27. She then lost in the semifinals, putting her in the consolation bracket, where she won the consolation semifinal match by fall in 3:09. She went on to win the third place match by pin in 4:33. With the Bronze finish, she qualifies for the Sectional tournament.
A. Basler was happy with her performance, and said, “It felt really good to know I made it to Sectionals. I felt like this weekend was the best I have ever wrestled.”
At 122, Dakotah Medows went 1-2 on the day, scoring three team points. She lost her quarterfinal match, but then won her first consolation bracket match by pin in 1:38. She then lost the next match, and was eliminated from the tournament.
Isabel Basler, at 127, brought home the Silver Medal and 18 team points. She received a bye in the quarterfinals, and then won the semifinals by pin in 4:36. She then lost the championship match, but still took second place, and qualified for Sectionals.
Lastly, at 195, Maggie Myracle won the Gold Medal and scored 22 team points. She received a bye in the quarterfinals, and won the semifinals by pin in 3:17. She then won the championship match by decision 6-2, and now qualifies for Sectionals.
Myracle was excited to be named a champion, and said, “I’m glad that I got to be District champ again! It feels great. Before my final match I wasn’t really thinking of anything. I wanted to go into the match with a clear mind.”
For three Dragons, the season will grind on for at least a little while longer, in hopes of ending in up the State Tournament standing atop the podium.
Bonnell added, “We will put in a pretty good push this week into early next week.”
Ste. Gen fans know he is going to do everything he can to get these girls as ready as they can be for their biggest challenge yet.