The Crusaders went to the mat Wednesday evening with a lineup that included a few new varsity grapplers, inviting more questions than answers about who was going to come out on top.

Led by Sophomore Timmy Peters (125), St. Paul’s produced a series of clutch performances that ultimately translated into a 42-24 victory over visiting Annapolis Area Christian School.

Besides Peters’ tough 9-7 win, Senior Austin Sauter (135) executed a dramatic pin in 2:42, and Sophomore Greg Louzan (160) defeated his opponent 6-2 after a see-saw match of pins and near pins by both wrestlers.

Other highlights included Junior Ryan Gary’s (171) “alligator roll” pin in 3:37 despite wrestling at a higher weight class than normal.

St. Paul’s will travel this Saturday to Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa. for the duals tournament, which features elite teams from the Mid-Atlantic region.

St. Paul’s 42, AACS 24

103 dbl forfeit
112 Micah Cotton (AC) forfeit
119 dbl forfeit         
125 Tim Peters (SP) dec 9-7 Matt Linehan  
130 Warren Boord (AC) fall 3:10 Alex Dibos
135 Austin Sauter (SP) fall 3:25 Dave Sandacz
140 Jake Miller (AC) fall 1:50 Gene White
145 Sam Fonts (AC) fall :57 Luke Matanin
152 Brad Mutchnik (SP) fall :49 Daniel Hudson
160 Greg Louzan (SP) dec 6-2 Joel Bowers              
171 Ryan Gary (SP) fall 3:27 Josh Cary
189 Mike Green (SP) fall 1:02 Danny Dankwerth
215 Matt Green (SP) forfeit
285 Hunter Lee (SP) forfeit