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Eight wrestlers represented Washington High School at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships Feb. 16-18 at Mizzou Arena.
Competing in the Class 3 ranks, Washington had two wrestlers earn all-state medalist honors by placing in the top six of their respective weight classes.
The Blue Jays finished 13th in the Class 3 team standings with 43 points.
Earning all-state honors were senior Cody Hey, who placed fourth at 113 pounds, and senior Calvin Obermark, who placed fifth at 132 pounds.
Washington won five of its eight first-round matches and was 2-3 in the quarterfinal round.
Hey and Obermark represented the Blue Jays in the semifinal round.
Also competing for Washington at the state meet were senior Joe Omer (120), sophomore Tommy Kelpe (126), senior Jonathan Kelpe (138), senior Austin Gaebe (145), sophomore Jack Carico (170) and senior Alec Holtmeyer (220).
Click the link below and then click on "Live Results" for complete results from the state meet.
Photos from all eight of the Blue Jays' at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships are below.
Cody Hey: All-State fourth place 113 pounds
It was a big weekend for the Washington High School wrestling squad.
Competing at the Class 3 District 1 Tournament in Farmington on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, the Blue Jays captured the team title and had eight wrestlers qualify for state competition by placing in the top four of their respective weight classes.
Washington claimed the team crown with a score of 182.5, easily topping second-place De Soto with 155.5.
Hillsboro finished third with 145.5 points followed by Farmington with 142.5, Sikeston with 120, Windsor with 106, Union with 105.5, Pacific with 94.5, Rockwood Summit with 94, Webster Groves with 75.5, Festus with 50, Cape Girardeau Central with 21, St. Mary’s with 16, North County with 14.5 and Gateway with 10.
“It was a great weekend for us. I think we may have surprised everyone but ourselves with just how good we can be. We’ve had a lot of success in Farmington with this being our third district title in five years,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “We knew it was going to be hard to beat us with six in the finals. It was a great feeling with us basically wrestling a dual in the finals for the first half.”
Washington’s eight state qualifiers are Tommy Kelpe, Jonathan Kelpe, Cody Hey, Joe Omer, Alec Holtmeyer, Calvin Obermark, Austin Gaebe and Jack Carico.
Six of the eight state qualifiers for the Blue Jays reached the district finals in their respective weight classes.
Claiming individual district titles were Tommy Kelpe (126 pounds) and Jonathan Kelpe (138 pounds).
Tommy Kelpe (27-20) pinned Pacific’s Jai Thompson (38-13) in the finals.
Jonathan Kelpe (42-9) won a 3-1 decision over Rockwood Summit’s Sourya Magallapu (41-4) in the finals.
“Having both of the Kelpes win district titles is a special thing and a great memory for our team and for their family,” Ohm said.
Reaching the finals and placing second for the Blue Jays were Cody Hey (113), Joe Omer (120), Calvin Obermark (132) and Alec Holtmeyer (220). Hey, Omer and Holtmeyer all lost by one-point decisions in the finals.
Hey (32-5) lost an 8-7 decision in the finals to Farmington’s Bradly Harman (36-7).
Omer (39-12) lost a 1-0 decision in the finals to Hillsboro’s Dylan Owens (42-1).
Holtmeyer (41-10) lost a 3-2 decision in the finals to Hillsboro’s Paul Stewart (27-7).
Obermark (30-21) was defeated by Rockwood Summit’s Sam Frankowski (41-3) in the finals.
Washington’s Austin Gaebe (145) and Jack Carico (170) both notched third-place finishes.
Gaebe (19-17) won a 1-0 decision over Sikeston’s Justin Faulkner (39-9) in the third-place match.
Carico (21-21) won a 6-3 decision over Sikeston’s Trent Elliott (32-23) in the third-place match.
“I could not be more proud of not only how we wrestled on the mat, but how we came together as a team and the excitement that we had for everyone in every match,” Ohm said. “As great as it was, I feel confident that if we have these eight young men continue to believe in themselves, then there is more to come.”
Also wrestling for Washington at the district tournament were Tate Hendricks (106), Matt Hoemann (152), Matt McGilvray (160), Gunnar Noud (182), Michael Boehlein (195) and Connor Muller (285).
“As proud of the eight qualifiers as I am, I’m just has proud of our six non-qualifiers. Out of those six, they all scored points for us,” Ohm said. “Tate, who had been sick, still came back to wrestle his best meet of the year. Matt Hoemann and Matt McGilvray are both first-year wrestlers who came out as seniors and both got at least two wins and scored in the bonus.
“Michael Boehlein wrestled better than we’ve ever seen him and got two falls and knocked off a seated wrestler. Gunnar also won two matches and if he was somewhere else in the bracket, it could of been a different story. Connor was literally 12 seconds of riding time away from being a state qualifier.
“So I know it’s easy to get excited for our qualifiers and they deserve that, but without the other six putting in great meets, we would not have won a district title.”
The MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships take place Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Click on the attached link below for more information on the MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships.
Blue Jays Win District Title
The Washington Blue Jays captured the Class 3 District 1 Wrestling championship in Farmington.
Playing in a girls basketball tournament loaded with state-ranked teams, Washington secured a third-place finish with a 64-59 victory over Rock Bridge at the Webster Winter Challenge at Webster Groves High School on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Four of the eight teams in the tournament are state ranked and a fifth team is right on the edge of cracking the top 10 in Class 5.
The field included Incarnate Word (No. 1 in Class 4), Kirkwood (No. 2 in Class 5), Washington (No. 3 in Class 5) and Rock Bridge (No. 5 in Class 5). St. Joseph’s Academy also was in the tournament and is close to being state-ranked in Class 5.
Washington (18-3) posted wins over St. Joseph’s Academy and Rock Bridge, and lost to Incarnate Word.
“We’re disappointed with the loss to Incarnate, but we came back 16 hours later and beat a 17-4 team that’s ranked in the top five in the state, so we’re proud about that,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “It was a good tournament for us and we’re looking forward to what we have ahead of us for the rest of the season.”
The Lady Jays opened the tournament with a 63-59 over St. Joseph’s Academy.
Reese Arnold led Washington against St. Joe’s with 25 points. Kyra Hardesty added 17 points and six assists. Jackie Arnold collected 15 points and seven rebounds. Nichole Brinker had six points and six rebounds.
Playing against Incarnate Word in the semifinals, Washington fell short, 76-73. The game was tied 33-33 at halftime, but IWA went on a 28-17 third-quarter run, which was the difference. The Lady Jays turned a 17-point deficit into a three-point loss at the end.
Reese Arnold paced Washington with 28 points. Jackie Arnold scored 19 points. Brooke Robinson gave WHS a spark with nine points on three three-pointers. Hardesty also had nine points. Brinker scored five points.
In the third-place game against Rock Bridge, Reese Arnold finished with 23 points. Hardesty added 17 points and eight assists. She also went over 300 career three-point field goals in the game. Jackie Arnold scored nine points. Emma Boehmer, Brinker and Robinson each scored five points.
“We faced three teams who were a lot bigger than us,” Fischer said. “Nichole, Brooke, Emma and Bria (Hasenjaeger) really battled against those bigger kids all week, which put us in position to win those games.”
Reese Arnold and Hardesty were named to the all-tournament team.
Kirkwood won the tournament championship with an overtime victory over Incarnate Word.
Photos from Washington’s game against Rock Bridge are below.
Click on the attached link below for the WHS girls basketball web page, which includes schedules, rosters and a video about the varsity team.
Washington High School’s one and only home girls swimming meet for the 2016-17 season was a successful one on Friday, Feb. 3.
Swimming in front of a large crowd at the Four Rivers Family YMCA in Washington on senior night, the Lady Jays registered an 84-83 victory over Borgia.
Washington, coached by Lane Page, has shown steady improvement as the season has progressed. The Lady Jays also posted recent victories over St. Charles West and Affton.
Photos of Washington swimmers in the meet against Borgia are below.
Click on the attached link below for the WHS girls swimming web page, which includes a schedule, roster and a video about the 2016-17 team.
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