Pekin, Cardinal meet up; Van Buren wrestles at Lone Tree
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Pekin split a pair of duals at a triangular in Columbus Junction Thursday, topping Cardinal 39-36 but falling to host Columbus 57-18. Cardinal lost to Columbus 72-6.
In the dual between Pekin and Cardinal, the Panthers’ Scott Entsminger took a 9-8 decision over Cardinal’s Jonathan Rupe at 160. Kaleb Sadler (120), Avery Bennett (132), Tayte Schoff (138), Austyn Vogel (145), Thomas Slaney (182) and Trenton Conger (195) all received forfeits for Pekin.
For Cardinal, Patrick Lind and Sam Schmidt won by fall against Pekin at 152 and 220, respectively. Drayton Hamm (106) and Ryan Cale (113) won by decision, while Mikey Owings (126) and Nick Rankin (285) earned forfeits.
Although the Comets lost the dual with Pekin, they won four of the five matches they did enter against the Panthers. And the match they did lose, Rupe at 160 pounds, was only by one point.
“Even though we did not wrestle Pekin’s best wrestlers, because we had no one to wrestle them at their weight classes, what really hurt us was giving up forfeit points,” said Cardinal head coach Tom Lamansky.
Against Columbus, Pekin’s Brandon Baayen and Slaney won by fall at 113 and 182 pounds, respectively. Vogel claimed the team’s third win, a forfeit at 145 pounds.
“We still don’t have the kids where they need to be for us to be at our strongest. We just didn’t wrestle up to our potential tonight,” said Pekin head coach Al Chapman.
The Panthers only had five takedowns against Columbus, and Chapman said that would need to change.
“That was pretty disappointing. We’ve been stressing takedowns, and we’ll continue working on it tomorrow in practice,” Chapman said.
In Cardinal’s dual loss to Columbus, Cale scored his team’s only points with a pin of Mitchell Griffin in 1:58. Cardinal forfeit another seven matches vs. Columbus.
Pekin and Cardinal wrestlers will be back in action at the Tri-County tournament Saturday.
Warriors travel to Lone Tree
LONE TREE — Three Van Buren wrestlers won a pair of matches at a quadrangular in Lone Tree Thursday.
106-pounder Unity Daugherty, Tyler Runyan at 113 and 195-pound wrestler Dakota LaRue all finished with 2-1 marks as the Warriors dropped all three of their duals.
The Warriors fell to host Lone Tree 48-30 and lost to Highland 59-33. They also got beat by Iowa Valley 75-6.
Jacob Heisel (132), Hunter Coffmann (138), Sam Dickinson (152) and Curtis Thomas (182) each won once.
Van Buren also will be at Saturday’s tournament at Tri-County.