By Mark Jurgena, Reporter
The Collinsville High wrestling team began the season with a bang by sweeping a home quad meet on November 26th.
“Overall I thought we wrestled pretty solid. We’ve got a lot of areas to improve on still but that’s why you have first matches. There’s some tune up stuff still to do,” said first year CHS mentor Joe Bevis.
In the opener, they took down Carbondale 52-19.
Collinsville won nine of 14 matches. Four of those wins came on forfeit.
“We did end up winning more than they did on the mat. It was our first one with a new coaching staff, a new warmup, it’s just different than they are used to. In that first match I don’t think we wrestled quite as good as we should have,” said Bevis.
Garrett Lee, Cam Varner, Gannon Kane, and Kenny Lutz all recorded pins.
Koen Hiller won on a 9-1 decision
In the next quad, CHS beat Chatham-Glenwood 57-20.
The Kahoks won 11 of the 14 matches however six of those wins came by forfeit.
“They’re still missing a large part of their lineup a lot of those kids are football kids, they just played in the semifinals last Saturday. Overall I thought we wrestled better against Chatham in round two,” said Bevis.
CHS registered four pins in the matchup.
Lee, Hiller, Jalen May, and Gabe Miller all pinned pinned their Titan counterparts.
Tommy Miller won his matchup on points 14-10.
In the final quad, CHS buried Quincy 63-15.
Again the Kahoks took 11 of 14 matches. Five wins came via forfeit.
“Whenever we wrestled against Quincy in round three, our kids were locked in. It’s a regional opponent a lot of its going to matter for seeding in regionals. Our kids came out and they just took care of business,” said Bevis.
Hiller took his third victory of the evening with his second fall of the night.
Joe Biciocchi, Lutz, and Austin Stewart all recorded wins by pinfall.
“I’m really excited. The kids are responding well to what we do and that’s what matters,” Bevis said.