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The (No. 4) St. Johns Redwing wrestling season is beginning the way the last one ended – with lots of wins and lots of champions. Most recently, the Redwings took top honors in the New Lothrop Hall of Fame Invitational Jan. 7.

The event included 16 of the top wrestling teams in the state, but St. Johns dominated at nearly every weight, scoring 306 points. Lowell finished second with 245.5 points. New Lothrop was third (155), Birch Rung fourth (141) and Whitehall finished fifth (130). The Redwings competed in 13 of the 14 weight classes, lacking a wrestler at 103 pounds for the day.

Ten St. Johns wrestlers advanced to the finals and seven of them finished the day as undefeated champions. No St. Johns wrestler had more than one loss for the day. Undefeated wrestlers for St. Johns were Zac Hall at 112 pounds; Logan Massa (119); Jacob Schmitt (125); Brant Schafer (135); Ben Whitford (145); Jordan Wohlfert (160) and Taylor Massa (170).

Schafer was named Outstanding Wrestler for the lower weight classes.

Finishing as runners-up were Josh Pennell at 140 pounds; Travis Curley at 152 pounds and Blake Cooper, the Redwings’ heavyweight wrestler.

Payne Hayden lost his semi-final bout then won the consolation match to take third place at 189 pounds. Rory Bender at 130 pounds and Conrado Dominguez at 215 pounds both finished in fifth place.

“Everybody wrestled very well,” said St. Johns Coach Zane Ballard. “Hopefully this will give us a psychological edge for our dual meet with Lowell next week.”

For Article by Sue Lounds, Lansing State Journal