TRUMAN - The St. James Saints downed the Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther Jayhawks 48-26 in nonconference wrestling action on Thursday in Truman.
Justin Gifferson got the Jayhawks within striking distance with a pin of Tyler Westman in the final second of the 138-pound match, cutting the early Saints lead to 18-10. The Jayhawks cut the Saints's edge to 10 twice, but each time the Saints responded.
St. James' Mark Alvarado pinned Jordan Osborne in 1:20 during the 145-pound match to rebound from Gifferson's win. Kody Curry collected a forfeit for the Saints at 152, before the Jayhawks surged for another comeback.
MTML's Jesus Lopez took a 12-3 major decision over Josh Stordalen at 160 before teammate Stevie Tierney pinned Simon Beck at 3:58 in the 170-pound match to make it 30-20.
St. James rallied as Alejandro Lara received a forfeit, but Jayhawks' 195-pounder Jake Denn pinned Chris Johnson in 3:04 to keep the meet within reach at 36-26.
Colin Hoppe then pinned Jeremey Blakesley with 14 seconds remaining in the 220-pound match for the Saints, while Adrian Torres won the 285-pound match by forfeit to ice the win for St. James.
Sam Kulseth, Mario Garcia, Angel Zamarripa and Chase Bottin took the first lead for the Saints, winning the opening four matches of the dual.
Jeremiah Colon claimed a 11-2 major decision victory over Daniel Camacho at 132 pounds to get the Jayhawks going in the match.
Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther travels to Mankato East on Tuesday.
St. James 48, MTML 26
106: Sam Kulseth (STJ) dec. Mike McLaughlin, 6-4. 113: Mario Garcia (STJ) dec. Cole Pietsch, 5-4. 120: Angel Zamarripa (STJ) pinned Grant Koehler, 1:42. 126: Chase Bottin (STJ) won by forfeit. 132: Jeremiah Colon (MTML) maj. dec. Daniel Camacho, 11-2. 138: Justin Gifferson (MTML) pinned Tyler Westman, 1:59. 145: Mark Alvarado (STJ) pinned Jordan Osborne, 1:20. 152: Kody Curry (STJ) won by forfeit. 160: Jesus Lopez (MTML) maj. dec. Josh Stordalen, 12-3. 170: Steve Tierney (MTML) pinned Simon Beck, 3:58. 182: Alejandro Lara (STJ) won by forfeit. 195: Jake Denn (MTML) pinned Chris Johnson, 3:04. 220: Colin Hoppe (STJ) pinned Jeremey Blakesley, 5:46. 285: Adrian Torres (STJ) won by forfeit.