Capital City boys, girls win wrestling duals vs. St. James

Capital City's Gage Meyr tries to turn Owen Jackson of St. James during their match Tuesday night at Capital City High School. (Kyle McAreavy/News Tribune)
Capital City's Gage Meyr tries to turn Owen Jackson of St. James during their match Tuesday night at Capital City High School. (Kyle McAreavy/News Tribune)

The Capital City Cavaliers started the season in dominant fashion.

The Cavaliers beat St. James 70-12 with only one match going the distance in a season-opening match Tuesday night at Capital City High School.

The Lady Cavaliers earned pins in both their matches for a 12-0 win Tuesday.

“They went out and they were aggressive,” Capital City coach Mitch Werdehausen said. “We’ve been talking a lot about starting fast and they did that. They finished strong, got a lot of pins and scored points. … Don’t be content with low-scoring matches, just score points.”

The boys dual began at 190 pounds with the only match to last the full six minutes.

Capital City’s Matt Wiegand used a catch-and-release strategy to compile six takedowns for a 12-5 major decision against Max Burns at 190.

Then the shortened matches started coming.

Landen McNeil was building to a major decision against Josh Carpenter at 215 pounds, but Carpenter struggled with a nose bleed and eventually had to forfeit when his blood time ran out.

Reyce Turner rounded out the heavier weights for the Cavaliers, needing only 55 seconds to compile four takedowns, before turning Steele Robergue for a pin.

“Wiegand, McNeil and Reyce all did what they were supposed to do,” Werdehausen said.

When the weights flipped to the top of the lineup, Gage Meyr earned his first varsity win with a pin of Owen Jackson in 1:02 at 106 pounds.

“Gotta give him props for getting the first win,” Werdehausen said. “He went out and attacked and he’ll just get better as the year goes on.”

The Cavaliers took a string of forfeits with Landon Holleman (113), Austin Feely (120) and Ethan Wydra (126) all claiming wins to create a 40-0 Cavalier lead.

Luke Marlatt got St. James on the scoreboard with a pin of Bishop Boyd in 51 seconds at 132, but another forfeit taken by Matthew Huffman (138) got the Cavaliers back on the scoring track.

Parker Jones turned the up starting position in the second period into a pin in 2:16 against Austin Pillotte at 144, then Jeremiah Austin built to a slap of the mat in 2:27 against Landon Fregoro at 150.

“Parker Jones wrestled really well, he wrestled JV for us all last season. He’s still in the hunt for ’38 or ’32 spot in the lineup,” Werdehausen said. “Jeremiah Austin is getting a lot better. He’s starting to attack and I’m proud of the work he’s been doing in the offseason. Those two really stood out to me.”

Levi Casey extended to three consecutive pins when he put Chaz Strong-Madle’s shoulders on the mat in 4:58 at 157 pounds. then Jacob Weaver accepted a forfeit at 165 to put the Cavaliers up 70-6.

Harry Williams ended the match with a pin of Nana Hagan at 175 pounds in 1:53.

“We kind of moved our guys around to not give (St. James) an open,” Werdehausen said. “They all wrestled up from 138 up, they all wrestled up until we hit 190. … And they still came out with a win. Very proud of them for that.”

In the girls’ competition, Maci Albright started the match with a pin of Sophia Armstrong in 1:12 for a win at 125, then Carmen Hill needed only 1:55 to pin Heidi Ensley at 135.

Capital City (1-0) returns to the mat Saturday at the Fort Zumwalt North Invitational.