By Anthony Jones
TROY — Along with 26 others throughout Illinois and Missouri, Triad’s boys wrestling team took part in the 62nd annual Red Schmitt Holiday Tournament hosted by Granite City.
As a team, the Knights finished 22nd and tallied 70 points.
The team’s top finisher came from Will Kelly. Competing at 106, the sophomore finished third-overall.
In his first match of bracketed competition, he scored a fall in 57 seconds. Kelly dropped his semifinal match in an 8-0 major decision before a 98 second pin and an 8-1 decision to take third.
Glen Henry was Triad’s next highest finisher, taking eighth-place at 120. The sophomore finished 2-1 in pool competition before falling to the eventual champion in his bracket opener.
His path to a medal saw him lose to the fifth and seventh-place finishers as well.
Junior Braden Rowe added another strong finish, placing tenth overall. Rowe finished 1-2 in pool matches before adding a 7-2 decision and a 14-1 major decision in his bracket.
Both CJ Duhachek and Jacob Perez wound up in 14th place for Triad. Neither won a pool match but both battled their way to the 13th-place match through the consolation brackets.
Other Knights to finish top 20 were Ben Baumgartner, Jason Powell and Landon Busch.
Earlier in the week on Dec. 27, Triad’s girls team traveled north for the Jacksonville Crimsons Lady Invite.
A total of 30 teams competed, including conference foes Highland and Civic Memorial. Triad tied for 15th with the Eagles and finished four and a half points behind the Bulldogs’ 44.5 day.
Highlighting their scorecard was Claire Crouch, who grappled her way to third-place. She finished 3-1 on the day and pinned her final two opponents in the first-round.
A seventh-place finish from Kelsey Davis added further to the effort. The junior finished with a pair of victories, both by fall.
Claire Boehne added an eighth-place finish as well. Despite not placing, both Daisy Smith and Harmony Martin added a win.