The St. James wrestling team traveled to Fatima for a dual on Thursday, Jan. 4 before taking part in the Crossroads Duals at Cameron on Saturday, Jan. 6. The Tigers won the dual against Fatima before going 1-4 at Cameron to finish in eighth.
The Tigers cruised to a 49-15 win over Fatima on Thursday, losing in just three matches. Kaylynn Crocker was pinned by Jason Strope at 106 before Tyler Dover was pinned by Lucas Laux at 113. Jaden Settle then lost on a third period reversal to Kagan Froning at 120. After that, it was all St. James.
Fatima was open at 126 before Mikey Crocker got a win for the Tigers at 132. Thomas Henderson and Zach Achterberg then got back to back pins in the first period at 138 and 145. Both teams were open at 152 and Fatima was open at 160, giving St. James six more points. Zach Woodson beat Jason Woodruff at 170 before two more opens for Fatima. Drake Ortiz had the last match of the night, pinning Connor Temmer in the first period.
The Tigers then went to Cameron for the Crossroads Duals, where they suffered a series of injuries. They were already without Nick Wilson, but added two more injuries throughout the day. The Tigers also missed weight at 113, so they were set back by several openings in many of the matches.
St. James started against Millard South, losing 50-22. Crocker got the first win for St. James with a first period pin, before Henderson got a 10-2 major decision win at 138. The only other wins for St. James in the dual came from Cort Petty and Drake Ortiz, who each earned pins. The first injury of the day came in that dual, where Dackota Huskey dislocated his shoulder.
St. James then lost to Moberly 48-24. The Tigers got another pin from Crocker, as well as pins from Ty Lewis, Woodson and Ortiz in the loss.
The Tigers got their lone win of the tournament against Clinton, winning 44-23. Ty Lewis kicked things off with a tech fall win 16-0. Crocker then got his third pin of the day, before Henderson got his first pin at 138. After a double open, Clinton won two straight matches before Woodson got a pin at 170. Cole Petty then got a 31 second pin before Clinton was open at 195. Ortiz won 10-4 at 220, but the Tigers were open at heavy to give Clinton six points.
St. James then lost to the host school, Cameron, in their fourth dual of the tournament. Henderson, Cort Petty and Ortiz all had pins in the match. Ty Lewis added a 9-4 win. Cameron won the dual 45-33.
The last dual of the tournament came against Eldon. The Tigers took a tough 40-39 loss in the dual and they were hurt by an injury to Atcherberg. Henderson got a pin to open the dual and Eldon evened things up when St. James was open at 145. Atcherberg was then not able to finish his match after an ankle injury in the second period to give Eldon another win. Teams traded six points in the next two matches with Trenton Dillon pinning Sage Gibson before the Tigers got six points from an Eldon open. Dawson Brandt then got a 10-2 major decision win over Cole Petty, before Cort Petty beat Kaden Dillon 13-7. The two teams traded opens at 220 and 285 and then again at 106 and 113. They then traded pins when Isaiah Simmons pinned Tyler Dover at 120 and Ty Lewis pinned Aiden Gerber at 126. St. James got six points for an Eldon open at 132, but fell a point short in a 40-39 loss to finish the tournament in eighth.
Ortiz and Crocker were both named to the All-Tournament team, as they each went undefeated on the day.
The Tigers won't have much of a chance to recover from the busy weekend, as they'll head to Four Rivers Conference rival St. Clair on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The Tigers were also forced to postpone a match against Potosi last week, which is now scheduled for Monday, Jan. 22. St. James will host the dual for their Senior Night.