Gaels down DC’s St. John’s 66-13 and Virginia’s St. Christopher’s 62-12
by Billy Loverocket
While the rest of the world was still dealing with the Monday blues and turkey hangovers from the long holiday weekend the Mount St. Joseph wrestling team showed up at the Smith Center on Monday afternoon looking as though they were in mid-season form.
Their out of state foes didn’t stand a chance as there were no ill effects from Thanksgiving on display by the Gaels’ grapplers. St. Joe is looking for their fourth straight state crown and No. 1 ranking in the state. They also sit at No.28 in the national rankings by Intermat.
“It felt good to dust the shoes off and begin the season on a positive note,” St. Joe coach Harry Barnabae said. “Our goal this year is no different than any other season. Stay healthy and finish No.1 in the state of Maryland.”
Highly touted freshman Coleman Nogle (106), who was a Cadet double All-American at Fargo this summer, announced his arrival with pins of 26 and 31 seconds. Senior Matthew Jun (145) duplicated Nogle’s two pins, registering his in 58 seconds and 2:44.
Pin machine, and VSN’s 2018-2019 Lightweight wrestler of the year, Chris Barnabae (126) flattened his sole opponent and collected a forfeit. Nathan Porter (132) put a pin and forfeit on his ledger as well.
National Prep Champion Isaac Righter (285) received two forfeits on the afternoon. Connor Strong (160) picked up a pin and a tech-fall. Parker Warner (195) added a pin and forfeit to his stat sheet.
Clement Woods (138) had one of the tougher matches for the Gaels in this affair. St. Christopher’s Mason Dubois went this distance with Woods but fell 7-3. Woods placed at the National Prep tournament as a freshman but missed the podium last year while he watched Dubois earn All-American status in his bracket. Woods dropped St. John’s Zach Fultz in the first period, 1:19, for his second win.
Chris Roybal (152) encountered a very game Kevin Schork in the St. Christopher’s match. Roybal took an early 5-0 lead, but Schork didn’t fold, battling back before falling 9-6. Roybal grabbed a forfeit versus St. John’s.
Sophomore Jacob Wright (120) continued an unfortunate trend that followed him last year; being paired up with a team’s best wrestler. On this day, it was St. John’s three-time National Prep All-American Luke Kowalski who greeted Wright. Kowalski put an 8-0 major-decision in the books. Wright pinned Cale Roggie in 32 seconds in his second match.
Next up for the Gaels is a weekend trip to West Virginia to compete in the Elite Opener Tournament at Washington High School in Charles Town. Following that will be a three-week run that is not for the faint of heart. On the 13th and 14th St. Joe travels to Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio for the nation’s toughest in-season tournament, The Ironman. The Gaels will then head north to Delaware on the 21st and 22nd for the second most difficult tournament in the nation, The Beast of the East.
They close out the calendar year at home on the 27th and 28th, hosting the prestigious Mount Mat Madness tournament.
Mount St. Joseph 62, St. Christopher’s (VA) 12
106-Coleman Nogle (MSJ) pinned Jack Parker, :26
113-Erik Roggie (StC) pinned Nic Antonelli, 3:10
120-Jacob Wright (MSJ) pinned Cale Roggie, :32
126-Chris Barnabae (MSJ) won by forfeit
132-Nathan Porter (MSJ) won by forfeit
138-Clement Woods (MSJ) dec Mason DuBois (StC), 7-3
145-Matthew Jun (MSJ) pinned David Smith, 2:44
152-Chris Roybal (MSJ) dec Kevin Schork, 9-6
160-Connor Strong (MSJ) tech-fall Jameson Knotts, 15-0
170-Loudon Hurt (StC) won by forfeit
182-Anthony Zancan (MSJ) dec Thomas Lamb, 7-2
195-Parker Warner (MSJ) won by forfeit
220-Liam Flynn (MSJ) won by forfeit
285-Isaac Righter (MSJ) won by forfeit
Mount St. Joseph 66, St. John’s (DC) 13
106-Coleman Nogle (MSJ) pinned Doug Cohen, :31
113-Nic Antonelli (MSJ) won by forfeit
120-Luke Kowalski (StJ) maj-dec Jacob Wright, 8-0
126-Chris Barnabae (MSJ) pinned Jake Rocha, 1:18
132-Nathan Porter (MSJ) pinned Michael Casas, 2:15
138-Clement Woods (MSJ) pinned Zach Fultz, 1:19
145-Matthew Jun (MSJ) pinned Ruben Karapetyan, :58
152-Chris Roybal (MSJ) won by forfeit
160-Connor Strong (MSJ) pinned Nick Banks, 1:33
170-Sean Foster (StJ) won by forfeit
182-Brady Colbert (StJ) dec Anthony Zancan, 6-3
195-Parker Warner (MSJ) pinned Jake Sita, 2:41
220-Gavin Dixon (MSJ) pinned Travis Scala, 1:18
285-Isaac Righter (MSJ) won by forfeit