Carlinville Wrestling places 13th at PORTA Invitational
Nate Burns reaches 100 career wins
By Jackson Wilson
The Carlinville wrestling Cavaliers traveled to Petersburg and took home 13th place out of 25 teams at the Rex Avery Porta Invitational on Saturday.
Nate Burns, Dustin Roberts, Keagan Broaddus, Chase Michaelis, Tristen Burns, Brandon Miller and Chase Lawless participated in the event.
N. Burns was coming in off of a rare milestone that he had set the previous weekend at the Litchfield Super Duals – winning his 100th career match. This accomplishment had only happened once in Tim Johnson’s six-year head coaching tenure at Carlinville.
“Nate has put in a lot of hard work over the past four years. Reaching this goal is a great accomplishment, not only to him individually but to his teammates as well. We are proud of him,” commented Johnson.
Both Burns brothers placed third in their respective weight classes and scored 19 team points each. N. Burns defeated Colton Schmidt (Springfield Sacred Heart) in 1:14 after losing in the 132 tournament semifinal to Levi Leitner (Tremont) by virtue of a 14-4 major decision. T. Burns also suffered a major decision defeat in a semifinal, but pinned Grant Albaugh (Judah Christian) in 3:14 for third place.
Michaelis and Miller both recieved fifth place finishes and contributed for 14 team points. Dustin Roberts picked up two wins in the 138 weight class consolation bracket, good enough for six points. Keagan Broadus also chipped in three points with a consolation semifinal victory in the 145 class.
“We had a good showing in our first tournament, the guys are working to improve every day and it’s showing in competition,” Johnson said.
Carlinville remains 4-3 in team duals. N. Burns, T. Burns, and Michaelis are all tied for the team lead with nine individual wins. Miller ranks at a close second with eight and Roberts has seven.
On Thursday, the Cavaliers will wrestle at home for the first time this season – taking on Metro-East Lutheran and New Berlin at 6:30 p.m. The junior varsity team will head to Jacksonville to compete in a tournament on Saturday.
Carlinville’s Nate Burns raises his arm in victory after a match. Burns won his 100th career match Dec. 1 at the Litchfield Super Duals and placed third overall in the Porta Invitational 132 lb. weight class on Saturday.