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Friday, December 27, 2013 9:14 PM

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MARION — The St. John’s wrestlers had to watch how much ham, cookies and fruitcake they ate over the Christmas holiday to participate in the Marion Harding Wrestling Classic this weekend.

Seatings in the brackets were based this year on previous individual performance at Marion and state tournament qualifications.

Despite the Blue Jays having some successful wrestlers this year, not a single grappler for the Blue Jays was seeded in the 33-team field.

The first round started perfectly for the Blue Jays with Evyn Pohlman, Evan Mohler, Justin Siefker, Brett Vonderwell and Wes Buettner recording pins to move on.

The second round wasn’t as kind with Pohlman and Mohler suffering defeats. Vonderwell and Siefker won close matches. Senior standout Austin Martin lost a tough match to Connor Rodgers from Northwestern 5-4.

Allen County Tournament champion Alex Haunhorst also suffered a heart-breaker by one.

Junior Wes Buettner scored a victory with a pin over a Lakewood St. Ed’s wrestler to face returning Marion Harding Classic champion Ryan Slife from St. Mary’s. Buettner defeated Slife to qualify for the semifinals today.

Also moving on to the final four was senior Nate Schroeder with pins in each one of his matches.

The biggest surprise of the tournament so far was freshman Brett Vonderwell. He defeated experienced senior wrestlers from Findlay and Triad to be the third Blue Jay grappler in the semifinals.

Head coach Derek Sterling said “it’s crazy awesome with Brett as a freshman making the semifinals. Wes beating a powerful St. Ed’s wrestler and a returning tournament champ is impressive. Nathan’s performance with every victory via the pin is very, very good.”

After the first day, Dublin Jerome is in first place with 88.5 points. In second is Galion with 84, followed by St. Ed’s 83.5 and Findlay with 75. The Blue Jays — minus front-liners Gunnar Lucius and Avery Martin due to injury — are hanging with the larger schools in fifth place with 65 points.

Wrestling concludes today at Marion with the consolation rounds beginning at 10 a.m.

Last Updated on Friday, December 27, 2013 9:16 PM

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