Saint John wrestling team growing match-by-match

Jan. 6—ASHTABULA — The Saint John wrestling team continues to grow in both numbers and confidence during the second year under head coach Mike Kinkead.

The Heralds can fill six weight classes when everyone is healthy and ready to go. At several dual invitationals, Saint John has partnered with other squads to get a full lineup for multiple meets on the same day.

"It is working out today [KP Classic Duals at Lakeside on Saturday], because they have the opposite weights," Kinkead said of the Hawken squad that had a lot of lower weight wrestlers while the Heralds have a large number of higher weight competitors.

The dual meet tournament, the Kelly Prine Invitational at Lakeside High School, included many teams from all over Northeastern Ohio.

Just before Christmas, Saint John got together with a team from Pennsylvania so both teams could get as much competition as possible at the Laker Shaker at Pymatuning Valley High School.

Before each match Saturday, Kinkead and the Hawken coach got together with the opposing coach to figure out how many weight classes could be covered.

While Heralds are able to fill six weight classes when all the team members are in attendance, the heavyweight was not able to compete on Saturday, Kinkead said. He said there are several backups at various weight classes.

Joe Piccirillo, a junior for Saint Johnm, competed Saturday in the 165-pound class at Lakeside

"I have been wrestling since I was 6 years old," he said.

Piccirillo was 9-4 entering Saturday's tournament.

Two brothers also have been active at 175 and 190 for the Heralds this year.

Aiden Heath, a senior at 175, was 10-4 entering the tournament and had two pins Saturday before a close loss. Noah Heath is wrestling at 190.

The brothers often wrestle with each

other in practice, and also grapple with Piccirillo and occasionally against each other at home.

When asked if any matches break out after dinner Aiden Heath said, "All the time."

Grace Seton is a

backup at 190 pounds, and has also been

competing against female wrestlers and at female-only tournaments.

"She has been doing good," he said.

In the team standings, Saint/Hawken went 0-4 in duals, while Lakeside was 2-2.

The Dragons defeated Orange 39-29 and Riverside 38-26.

Saint John is scheduled to compete in the Catholic Invitational Tournament hosted by Toledo Saint John this weekend.