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Monsignor Martin Showdown: St. Francis takes down St. Joe’s

The St. Francis Red Raiders wrestling team defended its home gym on Friday night against league rival St. Joe’s 37-29 to take over sole possession of first place in the MMHSAA standings. With a win against Canisius on Wednesday, January 24th St. Francis would outright win the MMHSAA that was won by St. Joe’s a year ago. The Red Raiders league record improved to 4-0 while St. Joe’s final league record is 4-1.

St. Francis won eight individual bouts, four by pin. St. Joe’s won seven but only picking up bonus points in two individual bouts. In a matchup of CHSAA’s numbers one and three ranked 132-pound wrestlers, St. Francis’s Slade Merck defeated Joe’s Ben Parish by decision 5-2. In the 120-pound bout Francis’s Matt Wingels got the job done for the team against Joe’s standout Sam Baker, losing the match by technical fall 15-0, but not giving up a pin which would have given Joe’s the extra team point.

With the match on the line, St. Francis sent out Marcus Muffoletto at 160-pounds against St. Joe’s Ty Slaugenhoupt. Ty was the CHSAA’s top ranked 160-pound wrestler before a loss to Muffoletto at the NFWOA Tournament. However, Slaugenhoupt avenged that loss with a 6-5 decision to keep his team alive and within five points of St. Francis with two bouts left. St. Francis’s top ranked 170-pound Dominik Thomas sealed the victory for the Red Raiders with a third period pin in the next match.

195: Nolan Thomas (F) p. Alex Rizun (J)

220: Jack Lauer (F) d. Charles Morrison (J) 6-5

285: Caleb Lesswing (J) p. Eric Schon (F) 7:28, 2ot

99: Mark Lanning (F) p. Julian Reynoso (J) :35

106: Logan Lauck (F) p. Jack Carey (J) 3:32

113: Zachary Miller (F) d. Dalas Jackson (J) 4-0

120: Sam Baker (J) tf. Matt Wingels (F) 15-0

126: Garrett Grenauer (J) d. Brandon Fox (F) 8-4

132: Slade Merck (F) d. Ben Parish (J) 5-2

138: Ronnie Jones (J) p. Sean O’Meara (F) 1:13

145: Chris Werts (J) d. Dan Browning (F) 7-1

152: Connor Miller (F) md. Mark Craft (J) 11-0

160: Ty Slaugenhoupt (J) d. Marcus Muffoletto (F) 6-5

170: Dominik Thomas (F) p. Sullivan Walsh (J) 4:32

182: Matt Werts (J) d. Ben Jacobs (F) 11-5

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