By Anthony Jones
Triad wrestling hit the road on Dec. 7 for a visit to Morton’s Bob and Liz Schnarr Invitational, which featured 16 other teams mostly based in central Illinois.
The Knights finished with 125.5 points over the course of the invite, pushing them into fifth place. Their total placed them one spot ahead of the hosting Potters and behind only three in-state teams.
Tallying 29 points, Aiden Postma led the Knights in points from the 145 pound division. On his way to a first place finish, he won with three pinfalls inside of 75 seconds and an 11-3 major decision.
Senior Nate Engler also finished as champion of his weight class, doing so at 195. Engler recorded a 3-1 decision, pinfall at 3:26 and 8-4 decision to finish with 24 points.
Also grappling his way into a first place matchup was 126 pound Colby Crouch. The standout Knight scored a pinfall at 0:36 and a 16-0 technical fall for 21.5 points. Due to an injury default, he finished in second place.
Triad was also better from the efforts of Koen Rodebush, who took fourth place overall and 12 points. At 182, he won via a sudden victory 11-7 and major decision 10-1 before he suffered a 7-3 decision setback. His trip to Morton finished with a win via a 17-7 major decision.
CJ Duhachek also found himself in fourth place at the end of the day. The 132 pound Knights wrangled up 11 points with an 11-6 decision win prior to a loss by pinfall and a 20-3 technical fall.
Seven more Triad points came courtesy of Bobby Patterson at 170. He earned a fall at 5:30 and then proceeded to lose by fall at 3:15, before taking down Hank Souva of Springfield in 1:48. His run through the consolation bracket ended with a fall at 4:37.
Braden Rowe scored six more for the squad from the 128 pound group. His day started with a 21-7 major decision. Rowe then lost to a Lincoln grappler in a 3:57 pinfall, but avenged against a fellow Railsplitter with a pinfall at 1:36. He ultimately lost the consolation semifinal by way of fall at 5:00.
Competing at 152, Braden Carlson delivered five more points for Triad’s pot.Starting with a fall at 2:39, he then lost 10-0 major decision before an 8-7 decision victory. Once again, he went to the scorecard for a 5-1 decision loss in the consolation semifinals.
Both Landon Lynn and Matt Hobbs finished with four points for Triad. Lynn did so at 160 pounds after a fall over Moises Martinez before suffering a pair of late pinfalls in consecutive bouts. Hobb’s day went in similar fashion after starting with a win via fall in 2:50.
Will Kelly provided two points for fifth place Knights after scoring a 10-4 decision over Bailey Lusch of East Peoria. The 106 pounder then suffered losses by a fall at 3:33 and a 9-4 decision.