Dragon grapplers fall to St. Marys

ST. MARYS – Warren got a great tune-up for postseason wrestling action on Wednesday, going on the road to face a powerful St. Marys squad.

While the result, a 54-15 setback, wasn’t what the Dragons desired, there were still plenty of positives to take away.

“One of the reasons they’re back on the schedule is that they’re a good, strong team,” said Warren coach Dean Johnson. “We get to see some of them at regionals. It was another match in February that we didn’t have on the schedule. The match was closer than the team score. There were a lot of close matches.”

Warren’s Nick DeSimone earned a hard-fought 10-8 decision over St. Marys Zach Becker to open the action, with St. Marys following with four consecutive pins.

A couple of competitive bouts for the Dragons included St. Marys’ Alec Bittler edging Jake Engstrom at 138 and the Dutchmen’s Marcus Reed coming up with a 7-2 decision over John Fankhouser at 132.

“It’s awesome to have Warren back on the schedule – we wrestled each other years ago,” said St .Marys coach Dominic Surra. “The individual matchups were a good effort. I’m proud of the efforts of my team. We still have things to work on for districts.”

Both teams will return to action at their respective district championships next Friday and Saturday. Warren will head to McDowell High School for the D-10 championships and St. Marys to Clearfield High School for D-9.

“Now it’s time to concentrate on districts,” Johnson said.

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170 – Nick DeSimone (W) dec. Zach Becker, 10-8

182 – Mitchell Cashmier (S) pinned Liam Stevenson, 1:52

195 – Brandon Cherry (S) pinned Dominic Caprino, 1:38

220 – Christian Steffan (S) pinned Riley Zaffino, :13

285 – Joe Kucenski (S) pinned Matt Ristau, 1:27

106 – Avery Smith (W) won by forfeit

113 – Gregory Tettis (S) maj. dec. Alex Anderson, 15-3

120 – Tyler Dilley (S) maj. dec. Jake Fankhouser

126 – Hayden Tettis (S) pinned Tyler Mahoo, 5:00

132 – Marcus Reed (S) dec. John Fankhouser, 7-2

138 – Alec Bittler (S) dec. Jake Engstrom, 8-6

145 – Cameron Resch (S) maj. dec. Owen Balas, 8-1

152 – Garrett Cook (S) pinned Blake Ristau, 1:53

160 – Brett Cummings (W) won by forfeit


132 – Johnny Wiuttman (S) pinned Trenton Willis, 2:14

138 – Forrest Cressley (S) pinned Jamo Douvlos, 1:52

Junior High

95 – Marco Paropacic (S) maj. dec. Connor Papalia, 13-1

100 – Connor Gausman (S) pinned Christian Papalia, 2:31

105 – Joe Letko (S) dec. Donovan Fiscus, 4-2

115 – Nicholas Crisp (S) dec. Joe Letko, 10-5

138 – Jeremy Garthwaite (S) pinned Kyle Swick, 3:43

210 – Billy Anderson (W) pinned Ethan Schreiber, 1:27