Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Warriors Put No. 3 in Their Place with Upper-Weight Wins

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Warriors Put No. 3 in Their Place with Upper-Weight Wins

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The St. Charles West wrestling team had a little something to prove Wednesday night.

The Warriors, who were ranked No. 2 behind Granite City in the Post-Dispatch poll early in the season, slipped to No. 4 after losing a dual to Gateway Athletic Conference rival Francis Howell a couple of weeks ago.

Wednesday, the Warriors traveled to No. 3 Bethalto and won 33-25.

"It was a real good dual, but it went just about the way I expected it to," West coach Craig Martin said. "They killed us in the lower weights, but we came back and tore them up in the upper weights.

"The guys wrestled well against a good team. It was a good win for us."

West was shut out until 130 pounds, but won seven of the next eight matches. West's winners were Tim Michel (130), Jake Newsham (140), Charlie Rallo (145), Lance Wilson (152), Shane Allen (171) Jason Moore (189) and Scott Bray (heavyweight).

"The match of the night was at 171, where Shane beat Jason Christenson," Martin said. "A lot of people turned out to see that one."

Allen is ranked No. 1 and Christenson No. 4 in the latest Post-Dispatch rankings at 171.

"I told our wrestlers that Wednesday was the first round of the GAC Tournament for us," said Martin, whose Warriors will be looking to defend their league title Saturday at Howell. "Our districts and sectionals really aren't that tough, so this'll be a big weekend for us. We're really looking forward to Saturday."

West beat 12th-ranked Fort Zumwalt North 45-14 Tuesday.

"North has some good kids and they're really wrestling hard," Martin said. "But their kids just don't have the experience that some of our kids have."

Zumwalt North coach Jon Gibbs agreed: "Our kids know they're good wrestlers and that if they're getting beat, they're getting beat by other good wrestlers. West's a talented, solid team and there's no disgrace in losing to a team like that.

"We were in a lot of the matches and really wrestled well."

West's winners were John Lorenson (103), Brian Kos (125), Michel (130), Newsham (140), Rallo (145), Wilson (152), Mark Vollmer (160), Allen (171), Moore (189) and Bray (heavyweight). …

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