Dragons 4th at conference boys’s wrestling tourney
By MICHAEL BOYD JR.
HERALD SPORTS EDITOR
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Flyweight freshman Drake Meyer and sophomore heavyweight Jacob Schweigert brought home conference championships as expected, while eight other Dragons placed in the top six at the SEMO Conference Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Terry Kitchen/Tiger Fieldhouse at Cape Central Jr. High over the weekend (Jan. 20-21).
The 10 placers helped Ste. Genevieve finish in fourth place out of 16 teams with a total of 230 points. They saw five in all in the final four of their respective brackets as Mason Langeneckert was second, Evan Winters and Gage Gross both took third, and Bryant Schwent and Dalton McBride both finished fourth. The top three earned all-conference honors.
Meyer, the No. 1 ranked wrestler in his weight division, simply rolled through his 113-pound bracket with four pinfall victories to win his first conference title, including over Jackson’s Landon Vassalli in time of 1:23 to stand on the first-place part of the podium.
The finals was Meyer’s longest match of the weekend. He scored 38 points and now improves to 34-1 with 28 pins so far with the rest of January and February to go.
Schweigert (285) also cruised to his championship and was the very last match of the weekend by the time everyone was finished. After a first-round bye, he pinned his next two foes, then defeated Jackson’s Noah Gibson 1-0 in the finals to later stand atop the podium. He scored 32 points and improves to 31-2 on the season.
Langeneckert (157) also reached the championship finals, but ran into Hillsboro’s Sam Richardson in a 19-3 decision to settle for second place. He had pinned two opponents and scored 30 points in all.
Gross (138) finished 3-1 to take third place with 23 points. He pinned one and won his third-place match by major decision. He had recently returned to the lineup after a short delay.
Winters (144) pinned four of his opponents as he reached the semifinals. He scored 30 points with a 3-1 weekend on his way to third place. He is now 31-4 on the season.
Schwent (120) took fourth place after scoring 20 points and recorded two pins. He is 31-7 on the season.
McBride (190) also finished fourth, scoring 23 points with two pins.
Sixth-place finishers were Isaiah Basler (126), Madden Wolk (165) and Gabe Willett (175).
Basler scored 15 points, while Wolk scored seven, and Willett scored 12.
Hillsboro ran away with the top prize, scoring 407 total points with eight total champions. Jackson had 293 to take second, Farmington posted a 261 for third and Sikeston (185) was fifth.
Cape Central Jr. High is the school district’s old high school until the mid-2000s.
Dragons 66, Cape Central 12
Ste. Genevieve jumped out to a 54-0 lead from the start to roll over the Cape Girardeau-based Tigers last Tuesday (Jan. 17) at the Ste. Genevieve Middle School.
All matches were decided by either pins or forfeits.
The Dragons won six matches via pinfall and five more by forfeit. There was only one double forfeit and the dual started at the 106-pound division.
The first four matches were forfeit wins for the Dragons, followed by four pinfall victories, then another forfeit win before lost the next two.
Owen Drury (132) pinned Colton Poole at the 1:52 mark. Gage Gross (138) pinned Blayne Sterling at 1:52.
Evan Winters (144) pinned Valdi Zalite at 3:09. Mason Langeneckert (157) pinned Garrett Snider at 1:54. Jacob Warren (215) pinned Christian McNew at 2:50. And Jacob Schweigert pinned Demarion Nunley at 1:30 mark.
Jace Amschler (106), Drake Meyer (113), Bryant Schwent (120), Isaiah Basler (125) and Madden Wolk (165) each won by forfeits.
The dual was moved to SGMS’s newer gym due to the boys’ basketball team playing at SGHS’s Peggy J. Johnson Memorial Gymnasium at the same time that night.
The Dragons head back to Cape Girardeau at 5 p.m. Tuesday (Jan.24) for a quad-match with the host Notre Dame Bulldogs, Herculaneum Black Cats and De Soto Dragons.