It was the peak of the January grind for the grapplers this past week. The Saints had six matches in six days.
Overall, the Saints did well going 4-2 with the losses coming at the hands of some really good teams. Wabasso is ranked fourth and LCWM is ranked sixth in the state.
The Saints also won one for the history books - the schools 750th win against New Ulm. The week started with that big win.
SJA 59, New Ulm 9
With the historic 750th team win in their sights, the Saints were not going to be denied.
Powering the way for the Saints were the five wrestlers who got pins.
Cody Hanson got the pin-a-thon going with the fastest pin of the night in a 1:19.
Richy Soto was almost as fast, getting his fall in 1:36.
Zack Gleiter got a pin at 152, Carlos Marquez got a pin at 160 and Victor Torres got a pin at heavyweight.
Another notable was that Mark Alvarado got his first varsity win for the Saints.
SJA 45, Windom/Mt. Lake 27
The Saints wrestled three times on Saturday at Windom. The SJA boys beat the host team in a competitive match.
Isaac Carreon won a tough match at 132 lbs. Carreon was down by five in the final period and came back to tie it at 12 all and then win it in overtime.
Saints who won by falls were Soto, Alvarado, Kody Curry, Gleiter, Ryan Westman and Colin Hoppe.
SJA 64, West Lyon IA 9
Five forfeits gave the Saints 30 points and four pins gave the Saints another 24. Saints coaches have expressed some concern about running into teams who have forfeits in too many weight classes, because that doesnt’ help SJA wrestlers get ready for tournament time.
Pins went to Soto, Gleiter, Westman and Hoppe.
LCWM 34, SJA 16
The feature match on Saturday was the Saints taking on Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial. LCWM is sixth ranked in the state and these are two closely matched teams.
LCWM got the better of the Saints on Saturday by a 34-16 score, but several of the matches were close and could go the other way on another day.
The lower weight classes through Isaac Carreon gave the Saints a 10-7 lead.
Page 2 of 2 - It could have been more, but Cody Hanson was upset at 113. He lost to Levi Marsh, a wrestler he’s beaten many times by a 6-5 score.
Head Coach Gene Hildebrandt said there were four or five decisions the Saints lost that those Saints might win if they wrestle these kids in the state team tournament.
On Saturday the Saints winners were Mario Garcia, Soto, Isaac Carreon, Wolle and Victor Torres.
Wabasso 57, SJA 9
The Saints hosted a triangular on Tuesday night. The first match the Saints had was against the fourth ranked team in the state Wabasso/Red Rock Central.
There is a big gap between fourth ranked Wabasso and sixth ranked LCWM, because if everything had gone right for the Saints, they would not have beaten Wabasso.
Unfortunately, the big news of the night was that Richy Soto lost his first match of the season by a 5-3 score.
Cody Hanson got the first win for the Saints with a 9-2 win at 113.
The next and only other win didn’t come for the Saints until 220 when Devin Wolle got a fall at 2:34.
On Tuesday Wolle stepped up to wrestle the big boys at 220. Devin also got a pin against Madelia at that weight.
He was giving away a lot of weight to his opponents, but he was able to get two pins for the Saints. He wrestled at 182 at New Ulm last Thursday.
The Saints lost a couple of close matches they might win on another day - Soto, Isaac Carreon and Gleiter could beat the opponents they wresteled, but Wabasso overwhelmed the Saints in a lot of other weights.
SJA 57, Madelia 19
The Saints closed out the night on a winning note beating county rival Madelia 57-19.
Mario Garcia got it going with a fall in 46 seconds.
Hanson picked up a forfeit and Soto and Daniel Carreon got pins to give the Saints a 24-0 lead.
Other pins were earned by Gleiter at 152, Ryan Westman at 170, and Wolle at 220. Including Hanson’s the Saints got three forfeits.