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Triad wrestling takes on tournament action

By Anthony Jones

TROY — Triad’s boys and girls wrestling lineups both crossed another tournament off their schedule last week.

On Dec. 16, the Lady Knights traveled to Springfield High School for the Joe Bee Memorial Tournament. Twenty-two teams competed in the girls division.

With just five grapplers, Triad tallied 35 points to tie for fifteenth place. Their finish tied with conference foe Civic Memorial and bested Highland’s 23 point effort.

Claire Crouch recorded the team’s highest finish of the day, taking third in the 100 pound division. She finished with two losses via pin at the tournament.

At 120, Daisy Smith added a fourth-place finish for the team. She opened with a fall in four and a half minutes before falling to the eventual champion in her semifinal match. In the third-place match, she lost via pin again.

Junior Harmony Martin wrapped up a fifth-place finish for the Lady Knights at 145. After losing to the eventual third-place finish in her opening match, she would win all three of her consolation matches with falls in 79 or less seconds.

Kelsey Davis and Imani Hawkins also competed at the event, but did not place.

In boys action, Triad competed in Mascoutah’s Dale Breckel Invitational. The Knights would finish ninth out of twenty-nine teams at the tournament.

Colby Crouch produced the team’s best resume of the meet, going 4-0 to win the 126 division championship. All of his matches ended with a pin in less than 45 seconds.

A second place finish from Will Kelly was another highlight of the team’s performance. Competing at 106, he advanced to the championship match with three pins. His lone loss came in a 10-0 major decision.

Braden Rowe, the only other Knight to place, finished in fourth-place at 132. On his path to a top finish, he won his first two matches before suffering a 10-3 decision setback to Caiden Robison.

In the consolation bracket, he racked off wins via major decision, decision and fall to reach the third-place match. There, he once again met Robison and suffered a tight 8-5 decision.

Triad’s highest scorer that would fail to place, Pearce Goodfield, opened with an 8-6 loss by decision. He would record three pins in the consolation bracket before taking another loss at 150.

At 285, Landon Busch put together another strong outing for the Knights with a 3-2 record. He would win two of his matches by first-round pins.

Jason Powell, Jacob Perez, Brody Smith, Glen Henry and Shane Seip all recorded wins across the tournament as well.

Coach Russ Witzig reflected on his team’s tournament, “We could’ve performed a little bit better but overall, I’m happy with the effort. We continue to improve and have to continue to improve if we’re going to be where we want at the end of the year. Colby Crouch continues to be very dominant. Will Kelly wrestled very well and is looking very good at this point in the season. Braden Rowe wrestled as good as I’ve ever seen him wrestle and took fourth in a very competitive weight.”


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