The St. James wrestling team traveled to Union for a tri with the host school and Sullivan, a pair of Four Rivers Conference foes, on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Tigers continue to be short on wrestlers due to injuries and lost to Sullivan 42-24, before losing to Union 46-26.
St. James gave up points on opens in three weight classes against Sullivan, as well as having double forfeits at two weight classes. Sullivan started the night by getting a win at 106 when Dillon Witt pinned Kaylynn Crocker in the first period. St. James was open at 113 and both schools were open at 120, before Sullivan was open at both 126 and 132. Kobie Blankeship beat St. James' Thomas Henderson 6-3 at 138 and Isaac Peregoy beat Zach Achterberg 8-0 for a major decision at 145. St. James was again open at 152, before Sullivan got two more wins at 160 and 170 with a pin and a tech fall, respectively.
The Tigers got their first match win of the dual when Cole Petty pinned Trey Eplin in the first period. His brother Cort followed that up with a first period pin of his own, with his pin coming against Luke Landwehr. St. James was without Drake Ortiz at 220, so they were again open to end the night. Sullivan won the dual 42-24.
The dual with Union saw similar results. St. James gave up points on opens at five weights, while Union gave up points on one. Both teams were also open at 152. Union opened the dual with 12 free points, as St. James was open at 113 and 120, but Union was open at 126 to give a win to St. James. Mikey Crocker then beat Joshua Wegescheide on an 18-1 tech fall t 132, before Henderson pinned Jordan Waldman at the end of the first period. St. James was then open at 145, before a double forfeit at 152. Sage Gibson then pinned Christophe Poinsett in the second period at 160, which put St. James ahead by five points.
Union controlled the remainder of the match, getting three wins in matches and getting 12 more points on opens. The only Tiger win down the stretch was from Cole Petty, who beat David Clark 5-2. Union's three wins saw two pins and a major decision win at 105 to give the Wildcats a 46-26 win.
The Tigers will hit the mat again on Thursday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Winfield.