|Blue Jays grab 2 wrestling wins|
|Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:15 PM|
The Blue Jays belted the Thunderbirds 63-6 and the host Mustangs 47-30.
The Jays recorded five pins versus the T-Birds.
Brett Vonderwell pinned Pignataro in the 145-pound class. Senior Austin Martin got their next pin at 152, defeating another Pignataro. Allen County tournament runner-up Wes Buettner pinned Brown. The last two pins were recorded by Austin Schulte at 220 and Nate Schroeder in the 285 class.
The only match versus LCC that went the entire six minutes was Patrick Stevenson defeating Keating 13-8.
Head coach Derek Sterling said “the team was led by the upper classmen but the best two matches of the evening came
from freshmen Patrick and Brett. Patrick pulled out a tight match that went back and forth, pulling out his first varsity win.”
Avery Martin, Evan Mohler, Justin Siefker, Jorden Boone and Alex Haunhorst all won by forfeit.
The other match of the evening — against the host Mustangs — offered the Jays better competition heading into the tough Marion Harding tournament next week.
St. John’s gave up precious points by forfeiting the lower weight classes of 113 and 120 to Caprella and Stauffer. Dues of Allen East extended the early lead by recording a pin of Stevenson.
The Blue Jays finally got on the scoreboard with Evyn Pohlman and Mohler winning by forfeit in the 132 and 138 weight classes. Junior Siefker pinned 145-pound Mustang Tafe. Emerick of Allen East recorded a pin of his own getting by Boone.
The pins kept rolling with junior standout Buettner holding down King for the victory. Allen County Tournament champion Haunhorst continued his impressive start to the young season with a tech fall victory over Goodin.
Allen East recorded its last points of the evening with a pin by Erevia of Blue Jay Andrew Shawhan. Football linemen Austin Schulte and Nathan Schroeder won the last two matches by forfeit.
Sterling was very happy with his squad’s performance: “We came in as runner-up at the Allen County Tournament and had great effort tonight against a pair of squads with a rich wrestling tradition.”
Sterling was pleased with his team’s effort from the seniors down to the freshmen: “Patrick getting his first win and Brett controlling a very good wrestler and pinning him in the second period was a great sign.”
The next action for St. John’s will be next week after Christmas at the Marion Harding Classic Dec. 27.