The Benedictine wrestling team earned its first win of the season Thursday night over the St. Mary Spires at Ralph Nolan Gymnasium by a score of 27-18.

The effort was spearheaded by the team’s key returning wrestlers winning by way of pin.

Junior Alex Gomez pinned freshman Kendal Fleming in 6:04 at 149 weight . Sophmore Keenan Graef won by fall in 54 seconds over Sophomore Patrick Boulanger at 157 weight .

Coach Marcus Cobbs said he was pleased to see his main guys on the roster set a good example on opening night.

“The last two weeks we were talking about how those guys are our leaders and we want them to step up and show these younger guys how things are done here.” Cobbs said. “It was great to see them come out here with two pins back-to-back.”

Gomez has been battling a hamstring injury the past week so getting the win gave him satisfaction.

“It’s a really good feeling to get the win tonight after nursing an injury,” Gomez said. “It’s a minor injury but it’s still annoying.”

Sophomore James Schafer got a pin at 197 weight over sophomore Sidney Douglas in 1:38.

Senior Ronald Broyles won in a 5-2 decision over sophomore Charlie Young at 285 weight.

Bo Pursel lost in a 9-7 decision despite having a fast start against Gabe Blough at 141 weight .

Freshman Jensen McDermott lost his match in a 4-2 decision to Boulanger at 165 weight.

Freshmen Marius Kulda and Tyson Albright both lost their match by pin.

Freshman Tyler Westervelt won by forfeit at 125 weight.

The Ravens will travel to Des Moines today to compete in the Grand View open.

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