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Wrestling Knights pick up road wins

By Anthony Jones

TROY — Triad’s wrestling teams racked up mileage for last week’s schedule.

The boys team began their week at Granite City. In that Dec. 8 competition, they faced off against the hosting Warriors and the Granite City Warriors.

In their matchup with the hosts, the Knights recorded seven victories. This led to a 42-39 victory.

Four Triad grapplers scored pins, with Will Kelly’s 65 second victory being the quickest. Both Braden Rowe and Landon Lynn did so in 80 seconds, while Jacob Perez tacked on another pin.

Forfeit wins from Colby Crouch, Bobby Patterson and Landon Busch contributed to the win as well.

Against Roxana, Triad picked up another 42-29 victory in similar fashion.

With a pin in just 67 seconds, Crouch earned the team’s fastest win. Gabe Kirk, Glen Henry and Kelly all earned pins as well.

Their non-conference win featured forfeit wins from Camden Wise and Rowe. A default victory from Lynn aided as well.

The following day, Triad trekked north to Bloomington High School. They battled the Rochester Rockets, Pekin Dragons and Mattoon Green Wave in addition to the hosts.

In their battle with Rochester, the Knights tallied nine match wins. This led to a 52-30 victory.

Brody Smith, Lynn, Wise, Kelly, Crouch and Rowe all won via pin. Crouch’s victory took just ten seconds.

Triad’s only other win on the mat came from Henry, who produced a 10-2 major decision. Perez and Busch claimed forfeit victories against the Rockets.

Pekin fell to the Knights as well, losing in a 60-22 final.

Across the contest, Triad representatives grappled to eight pins. CJ Duhacheck and Crouch grounded their opponents in less than 60 seconds, while Ben Baumgartner, Pearce Goodfield, Alec Gilomen, Henry, Lynn and Busch supplied the rest.

Forfeit victories from Kelly and Kirk contributed to the win as well.

Triad’s closest showdown of the day came against Bloomington. The hosts outscored the Knights by a 45-33 rate.

Pins from Crouch and Lynn supplied a strong portion of the team’s points. An 8-4 decision for Rowe assisted as well.

Forfeit victories from Kelly and Perez combined with a Henry default win to round out the rest of the scoring.

In their meeting with Mattoon, the Knights fell in a 54-19 decision.

Adding yet another win from the 126 decision, Crouch recorded a 13 second pin against the Green Wave. A 12-4 major decision from Smith and a 6-3 decision in favor of Busch assisted as well.

A forfeit win from Kelly scored for Triad as well.

Coach Russ Witzig reflected on the week that improved the team to 4-4, “We’re still trying to put our best lineup together and most likely it won’t happen for another three to five weeks. We’re just looking for constant improvement and consistent effort.”

In girls action, Triad sent their wrestling unit to Missouri for the Hazelwood Tournament on Dec. 9. There, the team finished third out of sixteen teams with 61 points.

Two Lady Knights finished as division champions at the event.

Kelsey Davis, competing in the 115 class, did so by pinning all four of her opponents. Her longest match of the day lasted 78 seconds.

Harmony Martin won the 145 division in similar fashion. None of her opponents avoided being pinned for more than 65 seconds.

At 120, Daisy Smith claimed third-place for the Lady Knights. Her route to bronze featured a 10-0 major decision and two pins.

Imani Hawkins and Lyla Hoffstot both saw action but failed to place at the tournament.


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