Monticello edges Vandals on tie-breaker

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Sages win tight battle on eighth tie-breaking criterion; Vandals easily beat Robinson, Murphysboro in quad

By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – It’s not often that a tied wrestling match gets to the eighth tie-breaking criterion, but that’s what happened to the Vandals and Monticello in the final dual of Saturday’s quadrangular.


And though the first seven criteria were even, Monticello was the runaway winner on the eighth try at breaking the tie.

The eighth judgment declares that the winner will be whichever team scored more points on the first score of each bout, meaning, for example, whichever team secured the first takedown in a bout earned two points toward the tie-breaker.

Once tallied, Monticello had a 16-9 advantage, earning it an extra team point and a 29-28 victory.

“It was a good dual,” said coach Jason Clay. “You’ve got to wrestle better if you want to win.”

There were several bouts that could have been worth more points for either team, as wrestlers came to minor decisions at eight of the 14 weights.

One in particular – at 126 pounds – appeared that it should have gone even farther in Vandalia’s favor.

Sophomore Luke Tessman looked to have Kael Van Dalsen pinned in the second period, but the referee never said Van Dalsen’s shoulder blades were on the mat long enough.

“If we get six (points) there instead of three, we win,” Clay said. “There’s places along the way where we lost out on points, places where we could have gotten major (decisions), places where we gave up pin points and matches we shouldn’t have lost but did.

“We have to get more offensive in general – the same thing we have talked about for a week,” he said. “They have to make up their minds that they are going to do it and be coachable.”

Tessman would win, 7-4, to pick up his sixth straight victory, and by winning three bouts on Saturday, he moved his season record to 15-13.

The 126-pounder had toiled around or below .500 for most of the season, though he has shown great improvement over last season, when he finished 14-17.

“I thought Luke Tessman wrestled awesome today, all the way through,” Clay said. “He’s really coachable. Whatever you tell him to do, he does it.

“He understands strategy and positioning and all the things that go along with it,” he said. “I’m proud of him.”

Of the minor decisions in the match, each team won four and lost four, and both teams also had one major decision. Monticello had two pins and Vandalia (17-5) earned a forfeit win and a pin from senior Seth Purcell at 170.

The teams are favored to matchup again on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the dual team sectional at Litchfield. Both teams are expected to win their respective regional tournaments.

Matchups could be different then, as Monticello bumped up its lineup in order to take only one forfeit loss.
Wrestlers at 182, 195, 220 and 285 were all bumped up a weight, but Monticello still earned three wins.

Two of those wins, however, came from wrestlers ranked in the top three in the state.

Brendon Menacher is the No. 1 wrestler at 182, and Vandalia sophomore Bobby Bradley wrestled to a 4-1 loss against him at 195 pounds. No points were scored in the bout until the final period.

Zach Armstrong, the No. 3 ranked wrestler at 220, bumped up to 285, and beat sophomore Kendrick Woolsey, 7-3.

Other marquee matches included the opening bout at 152 pounds, which pitted senior Tyler Dagen against Dylan Knisley, a two-time state qualifier who placed third last season. Knisley earned a 12-3 win.

Vandalia got on the board in the next bout, when fifth-ranked senior C.J. Runkel beat No. 6 Jacob Burton, 9-6.

Also winning for the Vandals were junior Jake Stewart (182), junior Ryne Lipsey (120) and senior Rodney Tedrick (138). Junior Dalton Blankenship got the forfeit win at 145.

One of the differences in bouts decided by minor decision was that the Vandals were not always trying to make enough offensive moves late in the bouts, especially when trailing.

“The guy (ahead) is going to be super defensive, so it’s hard to generate offense in that situation,” Clay said. “You have to really get after it to get your shot off in that situation, where he is just trying to protect his lead.

“If you’re not getting after it and setting people up, you’re never going to get in on them,” he said. “They aren’t seeing, their shot, because it’s not there, because they aren’t making it be there.”

Saturday, Jan. 18
Monticello 29
Vandalia 28
•152 – D. Knisley (M) def. Dagen, 12-3
•160 – Runkel (V) def. Burton, 9-6
•170 – Purcell (V) def. Rice by fall at 1:34
•182 – Stewart (V) def. Mike Redwinski, 17-14
•195 – Menacher (M) def. Bradley, 4-1
•220 – Matt Baker (M) def. Kolten Etcheson by fall at 1:02
•285 – Armstrong (M) def. Woolsey, 7-3
•106 – Nick Tankersley (M) def. Trevor Philpot by fall at 4:58
•113 – Logan Knisley (M) def. Chaston Womack, 7-4 (3 OT)
•120 – Lipsey (V) def. Buffenbarger, 15-6
•126 – Tessman (V) def. Van Dalsen, 7-4
•132 – Andrew Koss (M) def. Adam Palmer, 6-3
•138 – Tedrick (V) def. Jamie Smith, 6-1
•145 – Blankenship (V) won by forfeit
Record: 17-5


In the middle match of the quad, Vandalia beat Murphysboro by a unique score of 64-5.

Murphysboro was assessed a one-point penalty after the 170-pound bout due to its wrestler throwing his head gear.

The point didn’t matter, as the Vandals (17-4) dominated from start to finish, winning the first four matches and only taking a pair of losses, both by minor decisions.

Seniors Tyler Dagen (152) and C.J. Runkel (160), junior Ryne Lipsey (120), sophomores Kolten Etcheson (220), Kendrick Woolsey (285) and Luke Tessman (126), and freshman Trevor Philpot (106) each had pins for the Vandals.

With Etcheson’s victory, he got to 10 wins on the season, giving all of Vandalia’s regulars a double-digit win total.

Saturday, Jan. 18
Vandalia 64
Murphysboro 5
•145 – Dalton Blankenship (V) won by forfeit
•152 – Dagen (V) def. Daniel Bower by fall at 3:07
•160 – Runkel (V) def. Brock Barnes by fall at 0:56
•170 – Purcell (V) def. Patrick Stanton, 6-4
•182 – Austin Biggs (M) def. Jake Stewart, 7-4
•195 – Drew Hopkins (M) def. Bobby Bradley, 4-1
•220 – Etcheson (V) def. Taylor Streeter by fall at 1:03
•285 – Woolsey (V) def. Logan Roe by fall at 1:13
•106 – Philpot (V) def. Chase Stamm by fall at 1:25
•113 – Chaston Womack (V) def. Steven Bastien, 9-0
•120 – Lipsey (V) def. Mauricus Simmons by fall at 1:23
•126 – Tessman (V) def. Tucker Landewee by fall at 1:06
•132 – Adam Palmer (V) won by forfeit
•138 – Rodney Tedrick def. Tyrone Bivens, 6-2
Record: 17-4


Vandalia opened Saturday’s quad with three quick pins and a pair of forfeits and then continued winning to beat Robinson, 66-10.

Senior Rodney Tedrick (138) opened the match with a career-best 15-second pin of Robinson’s Jace Logan, and junior Dalton Blankenship (145) followed with a pin of Duncan McDonald in 1:39 and senior Tyler Dagen (152) took down Garrett Hayes in 41 seconds.

Tedrick is the eighth Vandal this season to pin an opponent in less than 20 seconds.

Freshman Trevor Philpot (106) and junior Ryne Lipsey (120) also earned pins for the Vandals (16-4).

Saturday, Jan. 18
Vandalia 66
Robinson 10
•138 – Tedrick (V) def. Logan by fall at 0:15
•145 – Blankenship (V) def. McDonald by fall at 1:39
•152 – Dagen (V) def. Hayes by fall at 0:41
•160 – C.J. Runkel (V) won by forfeit
•170 – Seth Purcell (V) won by forfeit
•182 – Jake Stewart (V) def. Nick Berty, 4-3
•195 – Bobby Bradley (V) def. Aaron Rankin, 9-0
•220 – Jacob Ludwig (R ) def. Kolten Etcheson by fall at 2:41
•285 – Kendrick Woolsey (V) won by forfeit
•106 – Philpot (V) def. Brad Sexton by fall at 1:36
•113 – Chaston Womack (V) won by forfeit
•120 – Lipsey (V) def. Tanner Murray by fall at 0:24
•126 – Luke Tessman (V) def. Tristan Duran, 19-2
•132 – Alec Keeler (R ) def. Adam Palmer, 12-0
Record: 16-4