Wildcat wrestlers do well Saturday at Quincy tournament
Brett Turner recorded Anna-Jonesboro’s highest finish ever in the prestigious Quincy tournament in high school wrestling Saturday.
Turner, in the 215 pound class, finished in fourth place. He pinned Quincy’s Malae Dauscaf in 1:33; Rockfall’s Derek Bingaman in 3:46 and decisioned Triad’s Hunter Schmidt, 11-8, and Belleville East’s Nicolas Weber, 6-1. He was pinned by Macomb’s Braylon Cousin in 2:31 and lost the third place match in a pin to East Peoria’s Lucas Joseph in 1:41.
Daniel Heath, in the 119 pound class, finished in fifth place. He decisioned Jacksonville’s Hanee Mitchell, 10-3 and lost in overtime to Collinsville’s Greg Bush 4-2 and won fifth place by pinning Mitchell in 4:18. pinned Galesburg’s Tyson Twitchell in :38 and was decisioned by Quincy’s Brandon Sloup, 13-5.
Heath notched his 100th career win in his first match win over Mitchell and became the first A-J grappler to accomplish that feat.
Andrew Adams, in the 112 pound class, finished in eighth place. He pinned Camp Point Central’s Caleb Mixen in 1:38 and decisioned Highland’s Carolos Guitterex, 16-8. He was pinned by Belleville Althoff’s Michael Harris, was decisioned by White Hall’s Tyler Schilson, 5-1, and lost in the seventh place match by a pin to Quincy’s Cal Schultz.
Forrest Palis, in the 130 pound class, finished in ninth place. He decisioned Mediapolis’s Taylor Zipper, 10-7, and pinned Rock Fall’s Tibbs Cervante in :45, and Jacksonville’s Logan Carter in 2:50. He was decisioned by Quincy’s Hunter Emrick, 6-0, and Triadd’s Lucas Suike, 4-3, and decisioned Cahokia’s Peter Willliams, 8-3, for ninth place.
Chase Hargrave and Taylor Fitzgerald finished in 10th place.
Hargrave, in the 145 pound class, pinned Waterloo’s Isaac Dodd in :19, Roxana’s Nathan Reynolds in 2:07 and Galesburg’s Cole Sprey in 2:50. He was decisioned by Bloomington’s Alex Alvin, 1-0, Mediapolis’s Walker Harrison, 6-1, and lost in the ninth place match by a pin to Macomb’s Jordan Slater in 4:04.
Fitzgerald, in the 189 pound class, pinned Matoon’s Austin Nichols, and Waterloo’s Jeff Wilson in 3:36 and Springfield Southeast’s Will Strayer in 1:43 and lost in the ninth place match by a decision to Jacksonville’s Chazz Middlebrook, 9-2.
Austin Noble, in the 140 pound class, decisioned Quincy’s Zack Edwards, 4-3. He was pinned by Camp Point Central’s Jonah Coggshall, and Jacksonville’s Lucas Gibbs and was decisioned by Canton’s Mark Bitner, 14-6.
“We wrestled well,” A-J coach Rick Bittle said. “They had a lot of good competition for us to get us ready for the regionals and sectionals.”
A-J competes Thursday, today, at Murphysboro and this weekend in the Centralia Tournament.