By Mark Jurgena
It was an unbelievably busy week for the Collinsville wrestling team as they had six dual matches and a tournament. They went 4-2 in dual matches and brought home a fifth place finish out of 15 teams at the FZS Invitational in St. Peters, Mo.
Collinsville had 11 grapplers finish with a top seven place at the meet.
“We had a really good day yesterday,” said CHS coach Jordan May the day after. “I saw a lot of really good wrestling from my team.
Cody Lutz grabbed second place at 165 pounds by going 3-2 on the day.
“He displayed a lot of heart and technique,” May said. “He wrestled very, very hard that day.
He defeated Evan Hawkinson of O’Fallon, Mo.(Ft. Zumwalt West) by pin in 39 seconds before pinning Nick Wanko of Ft. Zumwalt South at the 1:32 mark.
He lost a major decision to Charos Sutton of Troy, Mo. (Buchanan) 15-3 before claiming a pin at 3:08 over Ryan Thornhill of Eureka, Mo. Thornhill has a 28-4 record on the year.
In the title bout, Sutton outpointed him 15-8. Sutton – an all-state football player – has a 26-6 mark on the season. Lutz is 21-10.
Jordan Thigpen claimed third place at the tourney in the 106-pound class with a 2-2 mark.
He beat Connor Stephans of Eureka by pinfall at 4:23 and won by fall over Kailer Stephens of Troy Buchanan by fall at 5:13.
His record for the season is now 13-7.
Mason Hare took third at 113 pounds also going 2-2 on the day.
He pinned his first two opponents on the day. He beat Benjamin Rush of Ft. Zumwalt South with a pin at 5:24 and Cason Farmer of FZS at the 5:15 mark.
Hare is 20-14 on the year.
Camron Minner was also third at 120 pounds going 3-2 on the day.
He decisioned Layne Schone of Troy Buchanan 6-4 to begin the tourney before falling in the next two matches. He came back with a pin in 42 seconds over Dalton Nochta of Owensville, Mo. before pinning Liam McAuliffe from Eureka at 5:10. He is 24-14 on the season.
Tyler Minner took fourth place with a 2-3 finish.
After dropping his first three matches at 126, he beat Micah Land of Troy Buchanan by pin at 2:59 while pinning Ryan Poropat of Fort Zumwalt South at 1:47. The Kahok stands at 12-16 for the season.
Devin Habermehl moved to 14-14 on the season by going 2-2 at the tourney. He beat Da`Veon Washington of Pattonville by pin at 2:59 then pinned Kerrion Leflore of Hazelwood East at 1:44.
In the next match, he was pinned at the 1:06 mark by Ethan Venable who stands at 26-0 on the season. The all-state football player pinned his way to the 215-pound championship.
For third place, he was pinned by Mason Clark of Ft. Zumwalt South. Clark has a solid 17-3 mark on the year.
Collinsville grabbed three fifth place finishes on the day.
Jack Shepherd took fifth at 285 going 2-2 at the tourney. He won his final match by pin at the 3:02 mark over Ft. Zumwalt South’s Hugh Boyd who is now 18-3 on the season.
Vinston Springfield went 2-2 on the day at 190 pounds including falling to Jacob Ruff of Warrenton, Mo. Ruff stood at 32-4 after the tourney. Ruff – a junior – won two matches at the Missouri state tourney last season.
Michael Tongay went 3-2 at FZS with three pins on the day at 175 pounds.
Nathan Cagg took a sixth place finish home by going 2-3 on the day. He battled Koen Erickson of Ft. Zumwalt South in his second match. Erickson is 31-7 on the year.
At 138 pounds, Noah Porter went 2-3 on the day to take seventh place. All three losses were to wrestlers with winning records including Joseph Kenney of Ft. Zumwalt South who sits at 26-1 after winning the FZS title.
Collinsville finished just two points behind fourth place finisher Warrenton’s 126 points.
Ft. Zumwalt South ran away with the title claiming 267 points. Oakville, Mo. was second at 140.5.
Fletcher Gym was buzzing with wrestling Friday night as Triad, Murphysboro, and Waterloo came to town.
The Kahoks outpointed Waterloo 60-18 but fell to Triad 46-24 and Murphy 51-30.
“Triad and Murphysboro are tough teams and even though we lost those two duals, I am very happy with my team’s performance,” said May. “There were a few moments in either one of those duals where it looked like it could’ve gone either way. So I’m very happy with the performance.
Against Waterloo, Thigpen, Hare, C. Minner, T. Minner, Cagg, Lutz, Tongay, Habermehl, Taylor Dawson, Scott Snyder and Jack Shepherd all won by pinfall.
On Jan. 19 they squared off with East St. Louis and Highland in Collinsville and came away with two victories.
The Kahoks beat the Flyers 53-28 before beating Highland 60-21.
CHS athletes with pins against East St. Louis included Dawson, Porter, Lutz, Snyder, and Habermehl.
Against Highland, pins were earned by Hare, Stewart, Lutz, Habermehl and Robbie Freeman.
On Jan. 16 CHS traveled to Mascoutah and returned with a 54-24 triumph over the Indians.
Thigpen, Hare, Stewart, Cagg, Lutz, and Habermehl all recorded pins.
Cagg set a school record during his match. His pin at six seconds set the new mark for the Kahoks.
“He had a collar tied to a knee pick and the kid went straight to his back,” said May. “He just had really good chest pressure and the kid couldn’t bridge. It was a flawless performance.”
The old record was set by Daniel Mueller during the 2007-08 season. The pin by Mueller had occurred in seven seconds.
Last night (Wednesday) the Kahoks hosted Roxana however results were unavailable at press time.
Tonight they face Granite City and Waterloo in Granite before hosting Jacksonville tomorrow night.