By ERIC X. VICCARO
The Ste. Genevieve High School boys’ and girls’ wrestling teams began the 2020-21 season last week, including last Saturday’s scramble.
The boys wrestled in Peggy J. Johnson Gymnasium while the girls competed in what’s termed the new middle school gymnasium.
Both programs enjoyed success, with the boys racking up 55 points for a third-place finish while two girls won a pair of matches (Paityn Basler at 112 pounds and Izzy Basler, 132).
“I was pleased with how we wrestled,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Jared Bonnell. “There are still some things we need to work on.”
Bonnell said the Ste. Genevieve girls faced experienced programs — Eureka, Fulton and St. Charles — with seasoned performers. Paityn Basler earned first in her weight class, with Izzy Basler and Maggie Myracle both taking second.
Senior state placer Dalton McNeal began the season on an impressive note with four wins by fall and one by medical default in the 126-pound group. Two of McNeal’s pins occurred in the first period, with the quickest one in just 31 seconds. He earned 10 points for the Dragons.