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St. Joe's defends All-Catholic wrestling title

St. Joe’s secured its fourth straight Monsignor Martin wrestling championship at the 52nd All-Catholic tournament Sunday.

The host Marauders won six of the 10 finals it placed wrestlers in to help accumulate 234 points. St. Francis was the runner-up with 197, followed by Canisius with 156, St. Mary’s of Lancaster with 73 and Gow with 16.

Winning their respective weight classes for St. Joe’s were: Samuel Baker (120 pounds), Garrett Grenauer (126), Ronnie Jones (138), Ty Slaugenhoupt (160), Matt Werts (182) and Caleb Lesswing (285).

Slaugenhoupt was named Most Outstanding Wrestler with a 16-second fall in the semifinals and a 5-2 decision in the championship. Jones was the only non-No. 1 seed in the event to win a title.

St. Francis placed first in seven finals bouts. Winners included: Mark Lanning (99), Logan Lauck (106), Slade Merk (132), Connor Miller (152), Dominik Thomas (170), Nolan Thomas (195) and Jack Lauer (220).

Canisius had two champions in Josh Kracker (113) and Justin Gill (145).

The first- through fifth-place finishers in each weight class qualified for the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association next Saturday and Sunday at Monsignor Farrell High School on Staten Island.

The Red Raiders are the defending Division II state champions, while junior 170-pounder Dominik Thomas is the only returning individual state champ. He was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in D-II as a sophomore at 145 pounds.

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