Pekin wrestlers open season at quad
SULLY — The Pekin wrestling team earned one dual win Tuesday in its season-opening meet at Lynnville-Sully High School. The Panthers wrestled three teams total in the quadrangular.
Pekin topped Moravia 36-30 before falling 42-27 to Sigourney-Keota and 48-30 to host Lynnville-Sully.
Pekin head coach Al Chapman saw the meet as a good learning opportunity for him as well as his wrestlers.
“It gets to the point where you just want to get your first dual to see where you’re strong at and where you’re weak to figure out where you need to tweak,” said Chapman, who is entering his fourth season. “We had a lot of positives, but this time of year we focus on what we need to do better.”
Tayte Schoff, Thomas Slaney and Trenton Conger were the big winners for Pekin on Tuesday. Each one earned wins in all three duals, upping their individual records to 3-0 on the season.
At 138, Schoff pinned two opponents and received a forfeit in the dual with Moravia. Slaney wrestled his way to a 6-0 decision vs. Sigourney-Keota and received two other forfeits at 195 pounds, while the 220-pound Conger won by fall vs. the Savage Cobras and earned two forfeits.
Double-winners included 132-pounder Chase Earnest and Austyn Vogel at 145 pounds. Earnest received a forfeit vs. Moravia and won by fall against Lynnville-Sully, and Vogel won a 9-1 major decision vs. Moravia and won by fall in the dual with Lynnville-Sully.
Pekin’s Clayton McKim (106), Avery Bennett (126), Scott Entsminger (160) and Matthew Bollinger (182) all earned one forfeit in the quad.
Chapman said the team wasn’t at full strength, and several wrestlers still hadn’t found their desired weight. The Panthers gave up three open weights Tuesday, but Chapman believes they can narrow that number to one by next week.
“We don’t have kids in the right weights. Next week we should be in better position,” he said.
Up next for Pekin is their annual invitational on Saturday. Start time is 9:30 a.m.