Wrestling Cavaliers solid in first home match
improves to 6-4
By Jackson Wilson
The Carlinville wrestling Cavaliers took to the mats at the Big House on West Main for the first time last Thursday. A sense of home cooking was in the air as the Cavies came away with two team wins in three matches.
“It’s fun to have home meets. It’s fun to host meets and get some of our younger guys in here to see what’s going on. It’s exciting,” said Carlinville head coach Tim Johnson.
The youth and team depth would prove to be a key factor for the Cavaliers throughout the evening – as they were feeling some adversity due to some players being out or fatigued.
“Everyone wrestled tough. We’ve got some guys that are a little banged up. We have a few who have had a sickness go through the team. Those aren’t excuses for us but we had some secondary guys who had to step in. They did a great job,” praised Johnson.
Despite Tucker Green falling short after a hard fought opening match, the Cavaliers still cruised to an easy 60-18 team win over Metro East Lutheran thanks to seven Knight forfeits plus victories from Mason Patton, Brandon Miller and Levi Yudinsky.
The next showdown against Warrensburg-Latham was a classic that came down to the wire. Carlinville was in it up until the end, but Parker Hopkins and Johnathan Hall sealed the 42-36 victory for the visiting Cardinals with clutch pins in the final two matches.
“They placed much higher than us at the PORTA tournament last weekend,” Johnson said out of respect to Warrensburg-Latham. “They’ve got a new coach who has really got them doing great things, so credit to them for taking it to us in the dual.”
The Cavaliers bounced back nicely and used a string of nine consecutive wins to crush the Pretzels of New Berlin 66-12 in the finale. Miller, Yudinsky, Patton, Dustin Roberts, Chase Michaelis, Jacob Bray, Tristen Burns, Nate Burns, Evan Bethard, Chase Lawless and Zaiden Reese all raised their arms in triumph.
On Saturday, the junior varsity wrestling squad traveled to Jacksonville to compete in the I.S.V.I Tourney. All eight Cavie participants recieved medals. Jake Egelhoff and Patton each finished first in their weight classes, going 3-0. Yudinsky (2nd, 106), Reese (3rd, 120), Green (3rd, 126) and Bray (3rd, 160) all won two matches. Luke Daugherty and Demitry Lewis both added a big conquest as well.
Carlinville has now posted a 6-4 record in the first 10 team duals of the year. After a holiday break, the Cavaliers will travel to Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center for the “Abe’s Rumble” Duals on Dec. 28-29. Matches will begin at 10 a.m. on both days.
Freshman Levi Yudinsky gets a stranglehold on his opponent from New Berlin during Thursday’s home meet. Photo by Jackson Wilson.