BLOOMINGTON - The Vandals battled hard in an emotional 31-29 loss to Litchfield in the first round of the dual team state tournament.
Taking on the Purple Panthers at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, the Vandals were able to significantly cut the margin of victory for Litchfield, which beat the Vandals, 39-21, on Jan. 10.
In the final two bouts, Vandalia needed pins to get the team win after freshmen Kolten Etcheson and Kendrick Woolsey each refused to get pinned at 220 and 285 pounds, but it was not to be.
The Vandals did reverse some decisions from the first time against Litchfield, but also had worse results at several weights.
Coach Jason Clay said he was proud of the way his team battled on Saturday, and by how much the team improved since the beginning of the season.
Vandalia finishes the season with a 20-12 record, and as the 15th team from the school to make the state tournament.
Litchfield went to 28-3 with the win, and lost to Mercer County, 57-14, in the semifinals, and will battle PORTA for third-place.
This is a breaking news story. More information will be available in the Feb. 28 edition of The Leader-Union.
BLOOMINGTON - We are live at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington for the IHSA dual team state wrestling tournament, with the Vandals scheduled to take on Litchfield at 9 a.m. in the first round.
On Jan. 10, Litchfield defeated Vandalia, 39-21, but it is hoped that this match will be closer.
The Vandals are warming up on the mat at the time of this post.
At 106 pounds, Chaston Womack won, 4-2, but Litchfield has clinched the dual. Ryne Lipsey will have a forfeit at 113, and the Vandals will end the season at 20-12.
10:41 a.m. - At 285 pounds, Kendrick Woolsey loses, 15-4. Litchfield leads, 30-20.
10:31 a.m. - At 220 pounds, Kolten Etcheson loses, 13-4. Litchfield leads, 27-20.
10:20 a.m. - At 195 pounds, Sean Newcomb wins by fall at 3:20. Litchfield leads, 23-20.
10:14 a.m. - At 182 pounds, Zach Jackson wins, 6-4. Litchfield leads, 23-14.
10:05 a.m. - At 170, Bobby Bradley lost, 9-0. Litchfield leads, 23-11.
At 152, Jake Stewart won, 11-2; and at 160, Todd Ashdown lost by fall at 2:43. Litchfield leads, 19-11.
9:42 a.m. - Tyler Dagen loses by minor decision, 6-5. Litchfield leads, 13-7.
9:32 a.m. - Dalton Blankenship (138) won by minor decision, 5-0. Litchfield leads, 10-7.
9:24 a.m. - Rodney Tedrick (132) falls by major decision, 10-0. Litchfield leads, 10-4.
9:15 a.m. - Adam Palmer (126) loses by falll at 1:16.
9:12 a.m. - Luke Tessman (120) wins a major decision, 12-2.
8:26 a.m. - The Vandals - including C.J. Runkel, who has been out with an ACL tear all season - are on the mat prepping for their match.