Pekin claims two victories at home triangular
PACKWOOD — If the Pekin wrestlers weren’t forfeiting matches Thursday, chances were good they were winning them by fall.
The shorthanded Panthers forfeit five matches vs. West Burlington/Notre Dame and another two in a dual with Van Buren, but they more than made up for it with seven total pins. The host team edged Notre Dame 42-36 in the opening dual and beat Van Buren 39-21 in the nightcap; Van Buren lost to Notre Dame 42-36.
The two dual wins improve the Panthers’ season record to 4-3.
“On paper, we should’ve won, but congratulations to our guys for battling and still winning short-handed. They had to step it up, for the most part they did,” said Al Chapman, Pekin’s head coach.
In the opening dual with Notre Dame, Pekin countered its five forfeits with five pins in under a minute.
113-pound junior Brandon Baayen pinned his opponent in 58 seconds, while 132-pound wrestler Avery Bennett won by fall in 36 seconds. Austyn Vogel, Pekin’s 145-pounder, won by fall in 28 seconds; Scott Entsminger (160) earned a pin in 52 ticks; and Thomas Slaney (182) won by fall in 59 seconds to secure the dual victory.
Also for Pekin, Trenton Conger earned a forfeit at 195 pounds and freshman Michael Hadley won by forfeit at 220.
Baayen, Vogel, Entsminger, Slaney and Hadley also earned wins vs. Van Buren. Both Slaney and Vogel won by fall, while Baayen, Entsminger and Hadley were winners by forfeit.
Senior Tayte Schoff pulled out a 12-5 decision over Van Buren’s Hunter Coffman at 138 pounds, and Chase Copeland earned a win by forfeit at 160.
The Panthers were unable to fill five spots in the lineup Thursday. One member was sitting out with a concussion, another was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and four more were suffering from the flu bug.
“This has been a tough week to get bodies on the mat, so we knew those of us that did wrestle needed to come up with big points,” said Chapman. “For the most part our kids did that, and they bought into what the coaching staff was selling this week.”
Like Pekin, Van Buren also was severely undermanned against Notre Dame but made it close with several big victories.
The Warriors forfeit seven matches vs. the Falcons, yet recorded pins in five of the six matches they wrestled. Tyler Runyon (113) won by fall in 4:30, Jacob Heisel (132) was a winner in 17 ticks and Coffman (138) won by fall in 1:11. Jesse Fuller (145) and Dakota LaRue (182) won by fall in 1:30 and 4:27, respectively.
Also for Van Buren, senior Mitch Garrels earned a forfeit in the 195-pound class.
The Warriors’ six-point loss to the Falcons was their closest dual of the season.
“I thought we did really good, and we showed a lot of improvement tonight. The guys are shying away from their stupid mistakes,” said Van Buren head coach Richard Daugherty. “With all the open weights, I told them we probably couldn’t win but we’d have to get as many wins as possible. They went out aggressive and did what they had to.”
In the dual with Pekin, Van Buren’s Heisel made it 2-for-2 on the day with a pin in 1:32, while Garrels earned a 6-4 decision in the 195 weight class. Unity Daugherty received a forfeit at 106 pounds, as did Runyon at 120.
“Heisel wrestled against a tough kid in Pekin’s Avery Bennett, and he showed he’s really coming on this year,” said Daugherty. “He’s always been real scrappy, but he’s starting to get his moves down instead of just scrambling.”
Daugherty also praised the sophomore Fuller, who finished 1-1 in his first meet of the season Thursday.
“I was going to have him wrestle a weight above [Austyn] Vogel, but he really wanted to wrestle him, so I said, ‘go for it,’” said Daugherty. “Even though Jesse lost, he wrestled him tough and I left really impressed with him. He has a great attitude, is real coachable, and I look forward to seeing what Jesse can do the next few years.”
The Warriors and Panthers will be back in action Saturday at a pair of tournaments. Van Buren will be at the Fort Madison tournament, while Pekin will make a trip to Iowa City Regina.
Pekin 42, West Burlington/Notre Dame 36
106 — Parker (ND) forfeit; 113 — Baayen (P) win by fall vs. Duerksen (ND) 1:28; 120 — Hastings (ND) forfeit; 126 — Garcia (ND) forfeit; 132 — Bennett (P) win by fall vs. Sehaha (ND) 0:36; 138 — Prickett (ND) dec. vs. Schoff (P) 7-4; 145 — Vogel (P) win by fall vs. Williams (ND) 0:28; 152 — Poole (ND) dec. vs. Swanson (P) 4-3; 160 — Entsminger (P) win by fall vs. Dowell (ND) 0:52; 170 — Neese (ND) forfeit; 182 — Slaney (P) win by fall 0:59; 195 — Conger (P) forfeit; 220 — Hadley (P) forfeit; 285 — Nevers (ND) forfeit
West Burlington/Notre Dame 42, Van Buren 36
106 — Pfeiff (ND) win by fall vs. Daugherty (VB) 0:35; 113 — Runyon (VB) win by fall vs. Duerksen (ND) 4:30; 120 — Hastings (ND) forfeit; 126 — Graham (ND) forfeit; 132 — Heisel (VB) win by fall vs. Sehaha (ND) 0:17; 138 — Coffman (VB) win by fall vs. Prickett (ND) 1:11; 145 — Fuller (VB) win by fall vs. Williams (ND) 1:30; 152 — Poole (ND) forfeit; 160 — Dowell (ND) forfeit; 170 — Neese (ND) forfeit; 182 — LaRue (VB) win by fall vs. McElderry (ND) 4:27; 195 — Garrels (VB) forfeit; 220 — open; 285 — Nevers (ND) forfeit
Pekin 39, Van Buren 21
106 — Daugherty (VB) forfeit; 113 — Baayen (P) forfeit; 120 — Runyon (VB) forfeit; 126 — open; 132 — Heisel (VB) win by fall vs. Bennett (P) 1:32; 138 — Schoff (P) dec. Coffman (VB) 12-5; 145 — Vogel (P) win by fall vs. Fuller (VB) 1:30; 152 — Swanson (P) forfeit; 160 — Copeland (P) forfeit; 170 — open; 182 — Slaney (P) win by fall vs. LaRue (VB); 195 — Garrels (VB) dec. vs. Conger (P) 6-4; 220 — Hadley (P) forfeit; 285 — open