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By Kris Atwood
For The Leader
Wrestlers are know for watching their weight, so it makes sense that the St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling team waited until after Thanksgiving to do its feasting.
The Spartans went 3-3 over a hectic week of mat time, beating three Big 12 Conference teams and narrowly falling to two top teams.
SJO fell to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 54-30 to open the season before picking up a victory over Champaign Central 44-27.
The Spartans then defeated Danville 28-15 and Urbana 39-20 in a Quadangular meet at home but fell to state-ranked LeRoy 52-21 and Olympia 45-31.
220-pounder Jordan Hartman got a piece of the wishbone with a 5-1 record over his six matches.
Hartman pinned his opponent to start the meet against GCMS in 40 seconds. Hartman then wrapped up SJO’s win over Central with a 1:48 fall. He then recorded a 39 second pin against Danville and 41 second fall against Olympia. Hartman pinned his opponent from Urbana in 2:30 but suffered his first loss against LeRoy, getting pinned in 1:58.
In his five victories, Hartman was on the mat for a total of 6 minutes and 18 seconds.
160-pound junior Austin Hedrick pinned his way to a 3-1 record over the past week with a 1:32 fall against GCMS, a 3:53 pin against Central and a 1:35 pin against LeRoy. Hedrick’s only loss was 13-9 against Olympia.
Also collecting wins for SJO against GCMS were Austin Upton at 170 pounds, Orion Ciota (182) and Wesley Kibler (195).
Winning matches against Central were Addison Chism, Gage Haga, Gunnar Meeker, Ciota and Kibler.
Haga and Hartman won matches against Danville as the Spartans received three forfeit victories.
Upton and Ryan Koss won matches against LeRoy. Chism, David Trewyn, Tanner Modglin, Upton and Koss won matches against Olympia and Modglin, Meeker, Upton and Koss picked up wins against Urbana.
The Spartans go on the road Tuesday against Oakwood and then take on Mercer, Orion and host Monticello on Saturday.