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  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)
  • St. Louis won its second-straight D4 team district title Wednesday at home. (PHOTOS BY JIM LAHDE --MIPREPZONE.COM)

Well, they didn't leave any doubt.

On Wednesday evening St. Louis' wrestling team effectively dismantled Montabella by a final of 66-12 to claim its second-straight Division 4 team wrestling district title and advance to next week's regional round at Hesperia High School.

The Sharks won 12 of the 14 bouts over the Mustangs (13-13) and nailed down nine pins en route to the crown.

With the win the Sharks improve to 28-3 on the season which is one win shy of the single-season school record for wins of 29 set in 2005 by Bob Threloff's team that went 29-3.

From the outset St. Louis dominated as it raced out to a 54-0 lead, winning the first 11 bouts, before Montabella got on the scoreboard.

"We've worked on a lot of things in terms of tightening up our pins and it showed tonight," said St. Louis coach Kevin Kuhn. "The last couple of duals we had we were kind of sloppy on that but we got a bunch of pins tonight. The key for us next week will be getting pins and staying off our backs."

Historically speaking the Sharks are no newcomers to the regional round as they have advanced to it numerous times in the last decade. Yet when it comes to getting through regionals, well the Sharks haven't done that since the 1990s.

"The way we pinned tonight we're going to have to do the same next week or we're going home, it's that simple," Kuhn added. "A regional title has been elusive since I have been here. We've won regional semifinal matches several times but we come up short of getting to that next step (state quarterfinal round. Our entire offseason has been geared towards getting through, it's up on our board as the No. 1 goal. Everybody on this team knows that that is the ultimate goal and in order to be counted as an elite team you have to get through regionals."

The Sharks got first period pins from Ryan Downs (135), Jayce Kuehnlein (140), Jake Davis (145) and Eli Abbott (152) to open up a 24-0 lead. Konnor Holton (160) then won via void before St. Louis' Matt King (171) eked out an 11-8 decision to make it 33-0.

Pins from Matt Pasciolla (189) and Ernie Diaz (215) made it 45-0 before heavyweight Braden Hanley won 5-1. Gavin Giles (103) then pushed it to 54-0 via a pin before Montabella's Carson Dalrymple (112) and Ethan Crawford (119) recorded back-to-back pins to make it 54-12.

The hosts then got pins from Austin Rios (125) and Isaac Howd (130) to close it out.

Montabella beat Breckenridge 72-12 in Wednesday's opener, using nine voids to nail down the win.

Last Updated: 2/8/2017 8:56:09 PM EST


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