The Waynesville High School wrestling team help their final home event of the year by hosting a Tri-Meet with the Central High School Bulldogs out of Springfield and the Helias Catholic High School Crusaders from Jefferson City.
This was also senior night for the Tigers as Aeden Brady, Ethan Gatzmeyer, Floyd Moore, Mario Garza, Sean Sax, and Devon Stearns were both honored in front of the home crowd.
Sean Sax was also honored for having over 150 win in his career and was said to be one of Waynesville best wrestlers in school history. He is currently undefeated on the season.
First Matchup - Central High School (Springfield) Bulldogs
The Tigers began the night with Jordan Copple starting with a minor win. He put Waynesville ahead 5-0 after the 113 lb weight class. Centrals Brandon Williams defeated Isaac Peterson by pinfall in the first period in the 120 lb category. Central tied the team score up with Waynesville. Aeden Brady defeated Justin Williams in the 126 weight class in the second period.
Gaven Sax won the 132 lb weight class which was open to improve the Waynesville lead to 18-6. Sean Sax defeated Chance Maples in the 138 lb class to continue to improve Waynesville lead. Michael Cassidy beat Tony Nguyen by pinfall in the 145 lb class in the second period. Mario Garza won the 152 class that was left open by Central.
Aaron Choi defeated Seth Smith-Childs by point fall. Devon Stearns won the open match in the 170 lb class. The Waynesville lead improved to 43-6 after his win. Floyd Moore pinned Hailey Norman in the 182 class during the first period. Andrew Leitold won an 8-7 decision in the 195 weight class. Ethan Gatzemeyer pinned Alex Hutson in the first period.
The Final two wins for Waynesville were Tim Brech in the Heavyweight class and Thomas Brady in the 106 weight class. Both wrestlers won the open match.
The Waynesville Tigers won the matchup with the Central Bulldogs with a near perfect 70-6 score.
Second Matchup - Helias High School (Jefferson City) Crusaders
The Helias Crusaders began their match against Waynesville with a win in the 120 lb class as Jacob Schrimpf he pinned Waynesvilles Peterson in the first period. The Helias Crusaders took their first lead on the night and led 6-0. Evan Winder used the Crusaders momentum to get a second pin in a row over peterson. Helias led 12-0.
The tide changed in the next match as G. Sax gained six points to cut the Crusader lead in half to 12-6. S. Sax continued his undefeated streak and won the open match in the 138 lb class. Both Waynesville and Helias were tied. Cassidy also won his open match to win the 145 class.
Garza was pinned by Jackson Careaga and once again tied the match at eighteen points for both teams. Choi was pinned in the first period of the match and Helias took a 24-18 point lead. Stearns won a tech fall in the 170 weight class over Colden Imhoff. That win pulled Waynesville within one point and cut the Helias lead to 24-23.
After that point the Tigers were able to pickup wins in the 182 class with Moore and Leitold both going ahead by pinfalls over Helias’s Schnieders and Weiberg. Gatzemeyer and Brech both won their open matches. Both Brady and Copple won the final two matches in the night and helped waynesville defeat he Helias Crusaders 56-24.
The Waynesville Tigers will be back in action this weekend as they compete in the Ozark Conference Tournament on Saturday. Waynesville is looking to win another conference championship.