St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling falls to BHRA in 48-30 decision

ST. JOSEPH - The Gallos are back! After a 16-year absence, the family that built the St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling program into a respected small-school program were back mat-side in the coaching chairs for the Spartans' home dual meet against Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin.

Under Bill Gallo, Sr., aka Papa G., the program blossomed from a 16-22 record during his first two seasons to 47 wins and six losses in his final two from 2004-2006.

Now an assistant coach under his son Bill, former SJO head wrestling coach Bill Gallo, Sr., watches attentively during Tuesday's home match against Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin. Starting back in November, with the addition of Billy, Bill's son and grandson to Bill, Sr., the Spartans are coached by three generations of Gallo wrestlers. (Photo: PhotoNews Media)

Now, with Bill Gallo leading the program, assisted by his son Billy, brother Joe, Papa G, and Shawn Freeman, the program is destined to return to a top-tier Class 2A wrestling program.

On Tuesday, despite a young, inexperienced roster with 26 wrestlers, 14 of who have never set foot on a mat until this season, the SJO fell by way of a respectable 48-30 decision to the visiting Blue Devils.

Spartans' Gary Page stuck Devils' Gracie Pattison in 42 seconds in their 106-pound bout. Coy Hays also earned the team six points by pinning BHRA's Donavan Guduskas in their 152-pound match. SJO's Emmit Holt and Peyton Sarver rounded out the evening's team scoring with another 12 points with forfeits.

The St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling team will be back at on the home mat on January 19 for a tri-meet with Clinton and El Paso-Gridley.

Box Score:

Varsity matches
106 - Gary Page (SJO) def Gracie Pattison (BHRA) by FALL :42
113 - Emmitt Holt (SJO) - FORFEIT
120 - Landen Teller (BHRA) def Camden Getty (SJO) by FALL 5:20
126 - Grahm Abbed (BHRA) def Brandon Goodwin (SJO) by FALL 2:32
132 - Holden Brazelton (SJO) win by FORFEIT
138 - Ayden Golden (BHRA) def Landen Butts (SJO) by FALL 3:32
145 - Tayler Carpenter (BHRA) def Vance McCombs (SJO) by FALL 1:03
152 - Coy Hayes (SJO) def Donavan Guduskas (BHRA) by FALL 3:05
160 - Marcus Schreiner (BHRA) def Devan Swisher (SJO) DECISION 7-4
170 - Christian Walton (BHRA) def Carson Sarnecki (SJO) by FALL 5:32
182 - Landynn Balla (BHRA)def Gabe Mata (SJO) by FALL :20
195 - Peyton Sarver (SJO) - FORFEIT
220 - Nathaniel Gnaden (BHRA) def Owen Birt (SJO) DECISION 10-6
285 - Hunter Wilson (BHRA) def Kyle Miccoli (SJO) by FALL :46

Exhibition matches
138- Landon Frick (SJO) defeated Mike Rodgers (BHRA) FALL 1:02
138- Mike Rodgers (BHRA) def Lexi Wirth (SJO) FALL 2:53
220- Quincy Jones (SJO) defeated Cooper Carpenter (BHRA) FALL :36
220- Hunter Ketchum (SJO) defeated Cooper Carpenter (BHRA) FALL 1:19