The Tiger wrestling team made the trip to Potosi on Tuesday, Jan. 3 and lost a close dual 41-33.
Illness was St. James' biggest downfall on Tuesday, as Cole Petty was forced out of action last minute. As a result, the Tigers had to make some changes to their lineup. Normally, Cole's brother Cort would take over for him at 182, but he was already planning on wrestling at 195 and therefore was too heavy to wrestle at 182. Instead, they brought Nick Wilson up from 170. Wilson was on the lighter end at 182 and lost by major decision 12-3 to Ben Turnbough, giving four points to Potosi. That also left an opening at 170, giving Potosi a free six points.
Outside of the shifts for illness, the dual against Potosi was pretty even. The two teams traded wins at the lightest weights with Ben Dewaal of Potosi pinning Kaylynn Crocker at 106 and Logan Saxbury earning a pin for St. James at 113. After Potosi earned another pin at 120, St. James earned three straight wins at 126, 132 and 138. Ty Lewis earned a 9-2 win over Jacob Lands in his second wrestling event of the season, giving St. James three points. After that, St. James got pins from Mikey Crocker and Thomas Henderson, putting another 12 points on their scorecard.
Potosi went on a run after those two pins, including the shakeup in a couple of the heavier weights. Potosi got four team points thanks to a major decision win by Thomas Gamble and another six points due to a St. James opening at 152. Potosi earned another win at 160, when Cale Short won a nail-biter over David Deluca 7-6. After the stretch at 170 and 182, Cort Petty was pinned by Kalub Evans at 195. Drake Ortiz and Keegan Finch each had pins for St. James to win the two heavy weight matches at 220 and 285.
Should Cole Petty have been able to wrestle, there definitely could've been a shakeup in the final score. Even if Wilson was pinned at 170, letting Potosi keep those six points, a win by Cole by anything but points would've resulted in a tie or a win for St. James.
The Tigers will have another dual this week, hosting Fatima on Thursday, Jan. 5.