SPORTS IN BRIEF: Pekin, Cardinal, Van Buren wrestling
Pekin wrestlers fall to Cardinal, Columbus
The Pekin High School wrestling team competed at home Thursday against Cardinal and Columbus.
The Panthers lost to Columbus 66-10. Trenton Conger (220) and Zach Buller (126) each won their respective matches.
Pekin fell to Cardinal 39-24. Conger and Michael Hadley (285) each won by forfeit. Garrett Bowermaster (145) won by pin over Andrew Martinez. Zach Buller won by pin against Cardinal’s Bryce Benedict. Benedict was actually winning the match, but Buller put him in a headlock that he could not escape from.
Josh Ramos (182) Jacob Bonner (195), Drayton Hamm (106), Mario Rayos (113) and Ryan Cale (120) of Cardinal each won by forfeit. Tyler Albert (170) of Cardinal won by pin over Scott Entsminger at 3:45. Grant Franklin (160) was able to grab a victory over Pekin’s Tyler Copeland by decision.
Cardinal lost to Columbus 54-19. The Comets were forced to forfeit five weight classes. Columbus and Winfield-Mount Union wrestle on the same team, so they have larger numbers and can fill every weight class.
Even with the score the way it was, Cardinal coach Tom Lamansky likes the way his wrestlers competed.
“We wrestled really well against Columbus,” Lamansky said. “I talked to the Columbus Junction coaches and they said we outwrestled them.”
Franklin, Ramos, Cale and Benedict each won their matches.
Pekin and Cardinal both wrestle again Saturday at 10 a.m. at Tri-County.
Warriors lose two close matches
The Van Buren wrestling team hosted Lone Tree and Highland Thursday in Keosauqua.
The Warriors lost to Highland 36-30. Tyler Runyon (132), Dakota LaRue (220), Gabe Tedrow (285) and Kenan Nazli (126) all won matches by forfeit. Ty Stockwell (182) won his match by pin.
“We were aggressive. We got caught in a couple of matches and just couldn’t come out on top,” Van Buren coach Richard Daugherty said. “There were a few close ones that just didn’t go our way.”
Van Buren was beat by Lone Tree 48-24. Unity Daughtery (106) and LaRue each won by forfeit. Stockwell and Runyon won their matches by fall.
The Warriors will travel Saturday to Tri-County.