By ERIC X. VICCARO
MOBERLY — The Ste. Genevieve High School boys’ wrestling team traveled 205 miles one way to compete at a dual tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Dragons finished the event by winning two duals and losing three others.
Ste. Genevieve topped host Moberly, 42-32, and St. James, 54-12. However, the Dragons also found themselves on the business end of losses to Pleasant Hill, 50-18, Bolivar, 48-21, and Cameron, 36-29.
“I knew going into the tournament we were going to be matched up with several tough schools,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Jared Bonnell. “It’s important for our kids to get those tough matches so they get acclimated to that type of wrestling before we reach the state tournament.”
Gage Gross (106 pound weight class) and Ethan Ogden (170) both went undefeated on the weekend.
“Gage captured two falls and a technical fall,” Bonnell noted. “Ethan grinded out five matches, and recorded three falls on the day. Gage remains undefeated, and Ethan seems to be improving every tournament.”
Dalton McNeal (126), Gavin Gross (132), Nathan Selby (145), Kaleb Myracle (160) and Elijah Holifield (182) all
had 3-2 records.
This has been an outstanding season so far for McNeal, who earlier this season at the Ste. Genevieve Scramble picked up his 100th career victory.
“Dalton is special for many reasons, but it’s his desire to keep learning within the sport,” Bonnell, who added McNeal hardly ever loses to the same opponent twice.
Ste. Genevieve’s varsity is off until Wednesday, Jan. 6, a dual at Hillsboro. The JV squad is expected to wrestle at the Cape Central Tournament next Monday, Dec. 28.
Complete tournament results were not available at trackwrestling.com.
her winning ways
CAPE GIRARDEAU — Only two Ste. Genevieve girls competed at the Cape Central Tiger Classic last Friday.
It was quality over quantity for the Dragons, with 195-pounder Maggie Myracle winning her weight class.
In addition, Isabel Basler (127) placed fourth in her division. Together, Myracle and Basler combined for 37 points and an eighth-place finish.
Myracle has improved to 12-1 on the season, pinning all five of her opponents last week — including her quickest over Holt’s Anastasia Denzmore in just 0:52.
She pinned North County’s Brooke Bennett in 3:01 in the championship bout.
“Maggie continues to dominate the 195-pound class,” Bonnell said. “She has pinned all 10 opponents the past two weeks, and has currently won all her matches by way of fall expect the one she wrestled at 235. She is on a mission to have better results at the state tournament this year.”