FARMINGTON – With senior Wade Hahn returning from injury, the Ste. Genevieve wrestling roster is immediately bolstered just in time for the upcoming district tournament.
Hahn and five other reigning Class 2 state qualifiers prevailed in their respective bouts on Friday night, as the Dragons edged Farmington 45-30 in the last dual of the regular season.
Ste. Genevieve benefited from six falls, and nearly added a stunning upset when Tyler Hale coaxed an ultimate tiebreaker against current Class 3 second-ranked Dalton Berg at 220 pounds.
Isaac Boyd lifted Chase Berg on a second attempt for a twisting slam, and used arm leverage to notch a third-period pin in the heavyweight bout to snap a 30-30 tie.
Jacob Dickens needed just seven seconds to clinch the team triumph during the following 106-pound contest, and Nathan Geisner (113) rode two early waistlock takedowns to an 8-4 decision.
Hahn, who lost just once as a junior, decided to test a left shoulder that had sidelined him for several weeks, and wore down Judd Cunningham for a fall late in the second period.
Farmington saluted seniors Ian Asher, Dylan Allen and Devin Lumma prior to the action, and claimed six of the 13 contested matches while being open at 132.
Allen (170) earned an early takedown and near fall, then forced opponent Ty Brown to carry his weight throughout a methodical fall at the 3:39 mark.
Asher (138) grabbed the first Farmington points by closing out Caleb Myracle in the first period, but the Dragons had since established an 18-0 cushion.
Freshman Dalton McNeal (120) began the dual with a fall against Robbie Simmons, and David McNeal nailed down another against Lumma, who powered through an earlier near fall to extend the match at least two more minutes.
Grant Staffen then received a forfeit for Ste. Genevieve.
Farmington had an advantage in the middle divisions as Smokey Branch (145), Dakota Rulo (160) and Allen each pinned their foes to make the team count 30-24.
Jonathon Russell (195) maximized the lone takedown of his match against Tyler Jenkins for a 3-2 win, and Dalton Berg survived a subsequent thriller for three hard-earned points.
Hale executed a smooth reversal in the second period, but two separate escapes by Berg sent the 220-pound bout into overtime.
Neither man could work himself free from the bottom position during the sudden victory phase. Berg was declared the winner after a serious escape threat by Hale spilled out of bounds.
Jared Humbolt, ranked second in Class 2 at 152 pounds, improved his season record to 42-5 with a fall against Knights freshman Kael Krause.
106 – Jacob Dickens (SG) fall Kaden Shipley, 0:07
113 – Nathan Geisner (SG) dec Kyle Crawford, 8-4
120 – Dalton McNeal (SG) fall Robbie Simmons, 2:37
126 – David McNeal (SG) fall Devin Lumma, 5:28
132 – Grant Staffen (SG) win by forfeit
138 – Ian Asher (F) fall Caleb Myracle, 1:26
145 – Smokey Branch (F) fall Jacob Boyer, 1:11
152 – Jared Humbolt (SG) fall Kael Krause, 1:41
160 – Dakota Rulo (F) fall Brian Selby, 3:52
170 – Dylan Allen (F) fall Ty Brown, 3:39
182 – Wade Hahn (SG) fall Judd Cunningham, 3:55
195 – Jonathon Russell (F) dec Tyler Jenkins, 3-2
220 – Dalton Berg (F) UTB Tyler Hale, 2-2
285 – Isaac Boyd (SG) fall Chase Berg, 4:23