STE. GENEVIEVE – Five District 1 champions and 10 state qualifiers will give the Ste. Genevieve wrestling team a formidable presence at the upcoming Class 2 state tournament.
The Dragons secured their 13th district crown in 14 years by dominating the field at their home facility on Saturday. They compiled 225 points with nearest challenger St. James totaling 129.
Jacob Dickens (106) and Jared Humbolt (145) perhaps shined brightest for Ste. Genevieve after winning all four of their respective matches by fall.
Nathan Geisner (113), Wade Hahn (182) and Tyler Hale (220) also rolled through individual brackets as champions to highlight a banner performance.
Dickens pinned two opponents during the opening minute while improving to 44-7 overall. Humbolt upped his record to 48-5 by putting three foes away in the first period.
Geisner faced a shorter workload than most after receiving a double bye, then wrapped up first place with a 6-0 decision after scoring a quick semifinal fall.
Hahn continued the comeback from a shoulder injury that wiped out much of his senior season, and edged Jadon Harrison of Affton 8-6 in their title bout.
Hale was among the most exciting competitors in the two-day event. His initial district title run was capped by narrow triumphs of 3-2 and 6-5.
Isaac Boyd (285) and Grant Staffen (132) are among six repeat state qualifiers for Ste. Genevieve after both won third-place matches on Saturday.
Boyd collected his third fall of the tournament 11 seconds into the second period. Staffen did likewise while competing in his fifth bout.
Ty Brown (170) clinched his state bid with a 9-0 decision, and Dalton McNeal pinned Austin Angell of Owensville at 3:38 to give the Dragons four third-place results overall.
Tyler Jenkins took fourth at 195 pounds, eliminating Joshua Whaley of Central along the way.
Central edged Potosi for seventh place in the team standings, and had four athletes advance while the Trojans sent five through.
Rebels freshman Kade Willis reached the 126-pound title match, and lost a 4-2 decision to familiar foe Travis Waldner of Dexter after knocking off Noah Juliette of Potosi 7-2 in the semifinal round.
Joshua Countryman (113) pinned Dexter’s C.J. Greene twice to place third. Central teammates Garrett Smith (106) and William Mayberry (160) advanced in fourth.
Unbeaten Potosi star Ben Turnbough (37-0) marched forward with another district title at 195 pounds, and will set his focus on besting a runner-up state result from last winter. He posted back-to-back 16-0 technical falls before defeating Aaron Herman of St. Clair 9-2.
Juliette rebounded from his defeat against Willis for a 9-0 triumph over Ste. Genevieve’s David McNeal, and edged Ty Lewis of St. James 5-4 for third place.
Jaydee Vick (152) punched his state ticket for the Trojans in a 4-3 decision over Noah Ogden of Ste. Genevieve, and clipped Blaine Schoenfield of Owensville 5-4 in their third-place contest.
Austin Harris (145) kept his season alive during the consolation rounds by topping Isaac Peregoy of Sullivan 4-2 in overtime, and equaled Kalub Evans (220) by finishing fourth.
Class 3, District 1
FARMINGTON – With their berths for the Class 2 state tournament already secure, Dalton Berg of Farmington and Mike Allison of North County clashed for an individual honor on Saturday.
Berg (42-9) recorded three earlier falls before claiming the District 1 title at 220 pounds with an 8-2 decision over Allison (37-4), and was among three Knights to stand atop the podium.
Dylan Allen (47-5) posted two falls in four matches, and achieved top billing at 160 pounds through a 14-5 major decision against Logan Zimmermann of De Soto.
A top-four district result guaranteed inclusion at the upcoming state meet, which begins with opening-round action Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
Kyle Crawford polished off his 113-pound title for Farmington by pinning Jakob Balleydier of Pacific – which rolled to the team championship – at the 1:35 mark.
While Farmington settled for four state qualifiers, each will be considered a medal contender. Ian Asher (138) safely advanced after reaching the district championship round and taking second.
Allison had the best result of the weekend for North County. His first two victories came via fall, and a favorable 3-2 decision followed in the semifinals.
Jordan Borseth (132) and Cole Cresswell (160) also reached the state level for the Raiders by placing fourth in their respective weight divisions.
Class 1, District 1
ST. LOUIS – Valle Catholic progressed throughout the season with only three varsity wrestlers, but two of them are heading to the Class 1 state meet.
Trey Huck (145) and Jacob Bieser (220) each won their respective third-place bouts after clinching their advancement Saturday at Whitfield High School.
Huck finished 3-1 in his bracket, and pinned Gabe Corson of Gateway Science late in the first period. Bieser notched back-to-back falls after receiving a double bye into the semifinals.