FULTON, Ill. – The Camanche Indians met some local foes on Monday evening, crossing the Mississippi River to take on both Central DeWitt and Fulton to kick off their week.
Fulton hosted the pair, along with West Liberty.
Camanche faced just two of the three opponents, but won each dual.
In one of the more exciting matches of the night, Camanche’s Ben Vogel and Fulton’s Ben Fosdick battled for three periods at 120, with Vogel escaping in the final seconds to take the 7-6 decision.
The Indians jumped out to a fast start. Starting with a forfet at 182, Logan Waltz came out for the first pin of the dual, downing Kaleb Schipper in 1:09.
The Steamers picked up two wins by fall with consecutive pins from NAte POrtz and Evan Bly, Bly pinning Camanche’s Chase Quarrie in eight seconds.
Camanche took the lead from there and didn’t look back. Jaxon Bussa won by fall over Conner Sheridan in 1:12, and then Vogel picked up his barn burner decision.
Two more forfeits extended that.
Also winning for the Indians were Eric Kinkaid, Brennan Kramer, Jason Huling and Cade Everson.
Randy Ortiz pinned Morgan Butt for another six Steamer points at 170.
Camanche also defeated Central DeWitt 48-24.
Nolyn Johnson started things off at 170 on the right note for the Camanche team, taking down Peyton Morgan by fall in 2:33.
Jaxon Bussa pinned Keaton Kruse in 1:20 at 106, Ben Vogel notched a win by fall at 120 over Koal Bossom, and Brennan Kramer won over Jeff Fuller with a pin at 5:00.
The Camanche team also picked up four wins by forfeit.
The Sabers had their fair share of success. Ranked wrestler Keaton Zeimet was perfect on the night with a pin over Ethan Benavides in 49 seconds. Cole Miller also pinned Chase Quarrie in less than a minute.
Mitchell Howard won by fall at 195, and Cael Grell pinned Lane Sbertoli in 21 seconds. Rounding out their scoring was Carter Donocan, who picked up a major decision over Jason Huling, winning 13-2.
Fulton picked up one of three wins on their home mats. After falling to both West Liberty and Camanche, the Steamers ended their night with a 45-30 victory over the Sabers.
Nate Portz, Conner Sheridan, Ben Fosdick, Michael Apostolos, Elihah Stillings, Jake Pannell and Randy Ortiz all picked up points for the Steamers.
Conner Sheridan came out and pinned Keaton Kruse in just two seconds at 106 for the first pin in the lineup.
Ben Fosdick had a second period fall at 2:58 over Koal Bossom.
Michael Apostolos and Jeff Fuller went all the way through regulation, with Apostolos ending with the 7-5 decision.
Stillings, Pannell and Ortiz all pinned their opponents in the first period as well.
The wins for the Sabers came from Robert Howard, who downed Noah Ford in 1:46. Mitchell Howard also won at 195, pinning Kaleb Schipper in 46 seconds.
Carter Donovan took just 25 seconds for the fall over Clayton Howard at 145.
DeWitt didn’t see a win as a team, but saw plenty from individual wrestlers during the three duals they had.
The Indians are back in action on Saturday, traveling to Central DeWitt High School for an invitational that includes the Sabers, Northeast and Clinton High School. Keaton Zeimet was perfect on the night with two pins, as were both Mitchell Howard and Robert Howard.
The Sabers lost to West Liberty 43-25.
Fulton’s back in action on Thursday, welcoming Mercer County to their home mats.
STERLING, Ill. – All three schools had just come off a weekend in Sterling, where they participated in the 42nd annual Carson DeJarnett Invitational. Local athletes saw plenty of success at the event.
Jaxon Bussa came away with an individual championship, winning by a tech fall in the third period. Fulton’s Conner Sheridan placed fifth in the same category.
Eric Kinkaid also made the championship round, but was edged in three periods by Canton’s Dylan Grigsby. Kinkaid finished second, falling 5-0 to Grigsby.
Also finishing second at 182 was Camanche’s Logan Waltz. Clinton’s Trevor Bitner finished third.
Brennan Kramer finished fourth at 145, falling to Sterling’s Mauricio Garcio in the 3rd place match by major decision.
Camanche senior Ben Vogel took third place at 130, winning 10-0 over Pleasant Valley’s Jackson Miller.
Fulton’s Max Pannell had the best finish of the day. Pannell barely missed out on a championship, ended 3-2 in a decision for the top of the podium at 285. Pannell los tto Sterling’s Cade Lyons.
Jake Pannell of Fulton had a fourth place finish at 160, falling by a 6-1 decision in the 3rd place match to Dixon’s Cameron Verden.
Clinton took home one individual crown. Kale Anderson came out and pinned Fulton’s Zane Pannell at 113 in just under a minute to win his weight class, Pannell finishing second.
Hunter Randall just missed the crown, falling in the championship match to Sterling’s Jason Farnham at 220.