Lindbergh grapplers soothe injuries, hone skills in welcoming winter break

By STEPHEN GLOVER

For the Call

The Lindbergh High wrestling team welcomes the upcoming holiday break as time to heal some injuries and hone its skills on the mat.

“There are a lot of coaches that wouldn’t like our schedule, but I like it,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Gose told the Call. “We get a lot of matches in early in the season and that gives us some time off. It lets some of the guys heal and lets us work on a few things.”

The Flyers are 3-0 in dual-meet competition this year and came away with a third-place finish at the Lebanon Invitational last weekend.

“I told the guys that you’re going to be wrestling guys that you’ve never heard of and to not take them lightly. Unfortunately they didn’t listen to me,” Gose said of the third-place finish.

The Flyers opened the tournament with a 56-24 win over McDonald County and then hammered St. Clair 62-12 and things were going smoothly.

But a 36-28 loss to Ozark and a 40-30 defeat at the hands of Nixa provided two low moments of the tournament for the green and gold.

“We gave away pin points and had to forfeit at 119 pounds because one of our guys was sick,” Gose explained.

But Lindbergh bounced back with a 56-16 win over Lebanon to take third place in the tournament.

Gose said senior co-captain Jeff Streibig turned in a solid performance at the Le-banon tournament as he upped his record to 18-1 overall at 135 pounds.

Streibig is believed to be preparing himself to drop to 130 pounds at the beginning of the new year.

“He’s six wins away from our all-time career record in wins,” Gose said. “He won his 100th career match against Michael Tulley of Marquette, who moved up from 130 pounds to wrestle Jeff. He was up 6-1 over Tulley and pinned him for a good quality win.”

At 130 pounds, sophomore Brett Buett-ner is 12-7, including a solid past two weeks.

“Brett’s really had a great past two weeks,” Gose said. “We think that he could really make a name for himself this year.”

Senior co-captain Greg Feilner, 145 pounds, also has shown Gose a lot of promise in the past week, improving his record to 13-6.

“Greg’s had a very good past week,” Gose said. “He struggled at our tournament and the Lafayette dual, but he’s a physically tough kid that will battle out there with anybody.”

At 152 pounds, junior Adam Bearden is beginning to make a name for himself, tallying a record of 9-3.

“Adam’s physically one of the toughest guys we have on our team,” Gose said. “He’s also one of the most ornery guys on the mat.”

Senior Ben Lachman has a record of 13-1 overall at 160 pounds.

“Ben’s had an outstanding year,” Gose said. “His only loss was to Bobby Conn of Marquette and the score of that match was 10-6.”

Another senior who could make some noise in the state tournament this season is senior Matt Lyons in the heavyweight division. Lyons is 13-6 this season.

“Matt’s really been impressive this season,” Gose said.

“He started wrestling as a sophomore and moved right up to the varsity. So there’s been a steep learning curve for him,” he added.

The Flyers next match of the season is at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at Kirkwood.