Wrestlers open FRC slate against Union, St. Clair

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Hitting the road last Tuesday night to Union, Rod Barndollar’s Owensville Dutchmen wrestlers opened Four Rivers Conference (FRC) wrestling action against a pair of Highway 47 teams.

Facing St. Clair’s Bulldogs, OHS earned five wins by forfeit with St. Clair being open at 106 pounds, 113 pounds, 120 pounds, 160 pounds and 220 pounds.

Hunter Hutchison started the dual against St. Clair off for OHS at 195 pounds falling to Ryan Herman by pin in :25.

Joe Bauer earned a win by forfeit at 220 pounds while Aaron Herman also earned a walkover victory at 285 pounds.

In the next three weight classes, the Owensville trio of David Vincent (106), Dezmyn Moore (113) and Curtis Angell (120) all won their matches unopposed.

Following a double forfeit at 126 pounds, Tighe Bombach went up against St. Clair’s Dalton Thompson at 132 pounds.

Pinned in 3:23, Bombach looked to 138-pound teammate Boston Belk to pick him up.

Winning a 5-1 decision over Bulldog grappler John Davenport Cortivo II, Belk delivered Owensville’s lone contested win of the dual.

Dominic Grigaitis (145) was pinned in 1:38 by Seth Banks while Alan Kopp lost by fall at 152 pounds to Trent Balderson in :41.

Colin Thacker earned a walkover win for St. Clair at 160 pounds followed by Dutchmen senior Blaine Schoenfeld wrestling unopposed at 170 pounds.

OHS’ Brent Helmig fell in :18 against St. Clair’s Grant Bay at 182 pounds putting Owensville on the short end of a 42-33 team score.

Facing the host Wildcats from Union, Schoenfeld’s 19-4 victory via technical fall over Dane Fennessey denied UHS a shutout in the team score.

Falling 78-5 to the Wildcats, Owensville will look for their first FRC dual win again when the host St. James and Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m., for senior night.

OHS will begin the 2019 portion of their season on Saturday, Jan. 5 with the varsity squad competing at the Ste. Genevieve Duals Tournament and the junior varsity grapplers competing in tournament action at Pacific.