|St. John’s, Elida, Grove split wrestling super-tri|
|Written by Jim Metcalfe|
|Wednesday, January 09, 2013 1:50 PM|
All four teams won one match and lost one.
The Blue Jays bested the Grove Bulldogs 39-31 and the Thunderbirds barely edged Elida 34-30 as Jack Huffman defeated senior Nickoli Sackinger 7-5 in overtime in the final match, the 195-pound category.
In the second round, the host Bulldogs got by the Jays 40-33, while Grove knocked off LCC 39-28.
St. John’s head coach Derek Sterling liked a lot of what he saw.
“We’ll see Grove a couple more times down the road and in the tournament, so any time you can get matches with them is good. We were competitive with both of our matches; not bad when you consider we’re giving away 24-30 points each team match because of voids,” Sterling said. “We’re moving some people in and out: Luke (Wrasman) is in the process of dropping weight to 160. Will (Buettner) beat the Allen County champion at 182, Tyler Smith. That was a big win for him because Smith was 23-1. We lost a couple of times when our guys had beaten their guy earlier but we definitely improved a lot, especially with conditioning. We’re catching up in that area to others.
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