St. Peter fell behind 21-0, but rallied to defeat St. Clair/Mankato Loyola 48-25 in a nonconference wrestling dual Thursday at St. Clair.
The Saints won six straight to take a 36-21 lead over the Cyclones. Winning by falls were Nakiye Mercado at 132 pounds, Harold Born at 138 and Kole Guth at 160. Wins by forfeit went to Nathan Fogal at 145, Brogan Hanson at 152 and Cole Filand at 170.
After the Cyclones won the next match at 182 by major decision to cut St. Peter’s lead to 36-25. the Saints won the last two matches on a fall by Eli Kemper at 195 and a forfeit by Nathan Pettis at 285 for a 48-25 victory. There was a double forfeit at 220.
The Cylones and Saints met again that night with St. Peter winning 38-15. Again St. Clair/Loyola jumped to a 12-0 lead after two matches. And again the Saints came back to win five straight and take a 32-12 lead. Wins by falls went to Evan Walter at 120, Noah Hunt at 132, Nathan Fogal at 145 and Connor Travaille at 220. Mercado won a decision at 126, Hanson took a technical fall at 160, and Guth won a forfeit at 170.
St. Clair/Loyola fell to 4-12, while St. Peter improved to 11-7.
St. Peter’s next two meets are at home. The Saints (1-3 Big South Conference East Division) hosts a Big South triangular with New Ulm (12-5, 3-1) and St. James (0-12, 0-2) at 5 p.m. Friday, Thursday, Feb 18 and a nonconference dual with the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville Waldorf Pemberton Grizzlies (2-5) at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.