By Anthony Jones
TROY — In their final home action of the year, Triad wrestling improved to 7-5 in duals with a Jan. 4 victory over the O’Fallon Panthers.
The Knights, who won 9 of the 14 divisions, won the day by a final tally of 51-30. Eight of those victories came by way of pin.
Scoring the quickest win of the day was Triad’s Colbry Crouch, who won at 126 in just 21 seconds.
Other Knights to score first round pins were Will Kelly, Shane Seip, Braden Rowe and Brody Smith. Both Glen Henry and Joseph Tappel added pins later on in regulation.
Competing at 285, Landon Busch won the dual’s longest match in overtime. His winning pin came 40 seconds into extra time.
The lone Knight to win without a pin was Jacob Perez, who scored a 13-6 decision. Perez contributed to Triad’s sweeping of all classes of 144 and below.
On Jan. 6, the Knights headed to Morton for the Bob and Liz Schnarr Invitational. There, their point tally of 117.5 placed them fifth out of 17 teams.
Crouch scored 28 of Triad’s points after winning the 126 division. The senior pinned all three of his foes in 40 seconds or less.
At 106, Kelly also reached the championship match before taking second place. After opening with two wins by decision, he fell by a 10-5 margin in the championship bout.
Triad’s next highest finisher, Henry, battled into third-place. He would finish with a 3-1 record, including a first-round pin in the third-place bout.
Two Knights, Rowe and Smith, would finish in fifth-place at the tournament. Rowe’s path started with a 9-7 decision loss before winning two of his final three matches and scoring a pin in the fifth-place matchup.
Smith’s day started with a loss to the eventual 138 champion before starting the consolation bracket with 14-9 and 15-0 victories. The Knight won the fifth-place bout on an 8-2 decision.
Jason Powell, Pearce Goodfield and Seip all contributed sixth place finishes to Triad’s effort as well. All three finished with multiple wins.