By Mark Jurgena, Reporter
The Triad wrestling team ventured north to Bloomington last Saturday to take part in the Bloomington Duals. They returned with a 1-3 mark.
The Knights beat Rochester 51-21. They lost to the Class 2A #5 team Bloomington 42-30, Belleville East 39-31 and Mahomet-Seymour 39-30.
“Against Belleville East and Mahomet-Seymour, we split matches seven-seven with them but we got pinned in six of our seven losses. We’re right in those matches but if you’re going to win at any kind of a high level even when you lose you’ve got to stay in the match and not get blown out of it. That’s something we’ve got to work on,” said coach Russ Witzig.
Sophomore Chase Hall at 103, freshman Aiden Postma at 126, and sophomores Kaden Marmon at 182 all picked up three wins on the day.
Hall’s only loss was to Chad Bellis of Bloomington who is ranked 2nd in his weight class in Class 2A.
“Marmon is doing really well. He’s got a ton of potential. He hasn’t even begun to reach his potential. We’re really high on him if he can just keep improving. Who knows where he could end up by the end of his career,” said Witzig.
Garrett Bakarich at 170 lbs. picked up two wins on the day for the Knights as did Ethan Zawodniak at 113 lbs. and Sam Wheeler at 152 lbs.
Bakarich picked up a big win over Gage Granadino of M-S 7-0.
Last Friday Triad won at Granite City 59-21.
“Our kids wrestled pretty aggressively tonight as a team. I feel like we can build on this and get better,” Witzig said.
Triad had seven pins on the evening and a technical fall. Two wins were by forfeit.
Hall, Ryan Weber, Bakarich, Marmon, Andrew McElligot, Collin North and Thomas Walsh all registered pins.Zawodniak won by Technical Fall 15-0.
Jackson Hampton and Wheeler won via forfeit.
“I think we’ve got a lot of potential we’ve just got to get it all together,” said Witzig.