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Cardinal, Pekin wrestlers compete at Davis County

Conger wins at PCM tournament
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jan 14, 2014

The Cardinal and Pekin wrestling teams traveled to Davis County to compete in a triangular Thursday.

The Panthers lost to the Comets 35-29, to Davis County 54-18, and to Moravia 48-21. 1. Matthew Bollinger (195) and Clayton McKim (106) each won by fall over Cardinal. Trenton Conger (220), Michael Hadley (285) and Chance Searcy (138) each won by forfeit. Conger and McKim both won by forfeit over Davis County. Searcy won by fall in his bout against the Mustangs.

In the nightcap against Moravia, Bolinger and Searcy each earned victories. Conger and Hadley each won because of forfeits.

“McKim, Conger and Hadley are beginning to finally open up their offense and are making it work,” Pekin wrestling coach Al Chapman said. “The challenge now is to get the rest of the guys to do the same.”

Cardinal’s Ryan Cale (113) defeated Briar Cochran of Moravia, which was Cochran’s first loss of the season. Cale is currently ranked ninth in 1A while Cochran is ranked third.

“It is now time for the more experienced wrestlers to work on polishing their skills,” Cardinal wrestling coach Tom Lamansky said. “The younger wrestlers need to work on not getting burned out while also improving themselves.”

Cardinal’s next competition is at home on Jan. 21. Its meet tonight was canceled.

Pekin also competed Saturday at the PCM tournament. The Panthers brought seven wrestlers to the tournament, which consisted of a mix of 1A, 2A and 3A schools. Tyler Copeland (160), Scott Entsminger (170) and Bollinger each received eighth place at the tournament. Searcy earned seventh place and Hadley received sixth. Conger was the tournament champion of the 220 weight class.

Pekin travels to WACO Saturday.

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