Coach Steve Lachut
The Saint James wrestling team returned to the mats in 2021 after only practicing during the 2020-21 season. Given that, there was a lot of uncertainty regarding this year’s team. Although the team was 39 strong, there was a wide breadth of experience in the sport. Eleven sixth formers led the way, with all but one being a regular starter for the Saints. The group was led by captains Benson Riser, Asa Hammer, Colin Greene, and Sean Rowe.
In usual fashion, the Saints started the season with the Admiral Holloway Tournament which was highlighted by the second-place finish by Moses Warui (fourth form) at 113 pounds and third place finishes of Greene (132 lbs) and Hammer (138 lbs). A lighter-than-typical regular season was highlighted by victories over traditional public school powers Catoctin and Oakdale.
The Saints finished second in the MAC Dual Meet Tournament, dropping to eventual champion Georgetown Day by 20 points. However, the Saints didn’t give up and fought hard in the MAC Tournament the next week, finishing just one point behind GDS. Although the Saints were wrestling without several starters that day, the team still crowned four individual weight class champions: Greene (132 lbs), Hammer (138 lbs), and fifth former Ethan Zumbrun (145 lbs) and sixth former Daniel Peacher (285 lbs). Additionally, fifth former Danseh Yanou was voted to one of two at-large All-MAC spots for his effort finishing in second place at the event.
Although the Saints did not have the strong finish that they may have hoped, it was nice return to the mats, and a nice finish to the careers of these exceptional sixth-form students.