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Vandalia wrestlers battle in loss to BW

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By Andrew Harner

Junior Daniel Edwards had Vandalia’s lone victory in the varsity wrestling team’s first match of the season on Tuesday night, a 57-6 loss to Belleville West.

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Edwards – wrestling at 152 pounds – pinned his opponent 3:16 into the match to prevent the Maroons from shutting out the Vandals.

“He had one of their weaker kids, but he did what he is supposed to do,” said coach Jason Clay. “He had a couple of nice takedowns.”

Vandalia also got strong matches from seniors Justin Hill, who lost a 6-3 decision; John Vosholler, who lost a 7-4 decision; and Brenden Cripe, who lost 6-4. Zach Jackson was pinned, but had wrestled very well.

“It’s good for us,” Clay said. “The score is a blowout, but there were several close matches and several forfeits.

“I saw some very good things. I’m not discouraged, because we lost to a very good team.”

Vandalia forfeited the 103, 112 and 171-pound weight classes to Belleville West – which enrolls about five times as many students as Vandalia. There was a double forfeit at 119 pounds.

Clay said there have been some scheduling issues that did not allow all the wrestlers to get the proper weight certification for Tuesday’s match, but he said most, if not all, the classes should be filled by this weekend at the CM Tournament.

Before the season, Clay said his team would likely lose some dual and quad meets early in the season, because there are several young wrestlers at the varsity level.

One of them – freshman Jake Stone – is wrestling as a heavyweight, and Clay said he was “encouraged” after Stone took his opponent to the mat early in the match before being pinned himself at 2:58.

To prevent pins, Clay said the team will work more on its bottom wrestling, where many points can also be earned.

He said the Vandals wrestled well on their feet, but once they were taken down, many of them struggled to get reversals.

“(Belleville West is) tough on top, but we aren’t doing a good enough job of moving,” Clay said. “We didn’t look too bad on our feet, but we have to get better on the bottom and score down there.”

Tuesday, Nov. 30
vs. Belleville West
Belleville West 57
Vandalia 6

103 – Titus Taylor (BW) wins via forfeit
112 – Patrick MacMiller (BW) wins via forfeit
119 – Double forfeit
125 – Mech Spraggins (BW) def. Justin Hill (V); 6-3
130 – Larry Mitchell  (BW) def. Brad Jenner (V) via fall at 2:42
135 – Dylan Viglasky (BW) def. C.J. Runkel (V); 7-0
140 – Nate Higgins (BW) def. John Vosholler (V); 7-4
145 – Lonny Cleveland (BW) def. Brenden Cripe (V); 6-4
152 – Daniel Edwards (V) def. Rosciglioni (BW) via fall at 3:16
160 – Jake Fenster (BW) def. Zach Jackson (V) via fall at 3:23
171 – Pat Byrne (BW) wins via forfeit
189 – Dustin Ventimiglia (BW) def. Levi Ulmer (V); 13-4
215 – Josh Enskat (BW) def. Sean Newcomb (V) via fall at 0:56
285 – Artez Williams (BW) def. Jake Stone (V) via fall at 2:58
Record – 0-1
Up Next – at CM Tourney on Saturday