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It was amazing it didn’t snow.
The Vandalia High School wrestling team finally got to salute its seniors last Wednesday before a triangular with Carlinville and East Alton-Wood River that had been twice delayed by snow storms.
Vandalia’s three seniors – Brenden Cripe, Justin Hill and John Vosholler – made the wait worthwhile, each earning at least one victory on the night, which saw the Vandals down the Cavaliers, 72-0, and the Oilers, 68-6.
“They are three kids who put four years of work in,” said coach Jason Clay. “We had a lot of kids in that class that quit, but I knew those three would be pretty good.
“They are getting in there and working hard. John isn’t going to back down from anybody, Brenden has always gotten in there and fought hard, and Justin is kind of a workhorse.”
Cripe, who is recovering from an injury, earned a forfeit victory against EAWR, but did not wrestle against Carlinville.
Vosholler also earned a forfeit against the Oilers, but he defeated a clearly overmatched David Daughterty from Carlinville in just 19 seconds.
The quick pin was a nice boost for a team, but that left Vosholler with just 19 seconds of mat time, which Clay said was somewhat disappointing.
“You don’t want to show anyone up,” Clay said. “I would have liked to have seen him get another match, but we have a busy week, so he’ll get plenty of action.”
Vosholler found success later in the week, defeating Mike Klofenstein of O’Fallon, 9-1, on Thursday.
Hill did not have as easy of a battle on senior night, but he did end the night with a 2-0 mark.
Against EAWR’s Alex Anderson, Hill built an 11-1 lead after the first two periods, but Anderson reversed roles and Hill had to escape two near falls late in the final period to earn the 11-7 decision.
He then pinned Carlinville’s Mitch Armour in 1:11 after having already built an 8-2 lead.
The rest of the Vandals also wrestled well, with the only blemish on the night being a forfeit to EAWR.
“We talked about trying to come out and dominate opponents,” Clay said. “Our kids did a good job of taking care of business.”
The lopsided scores had just as much to do with the opponents as they did with how well the Vandals performed. Carlinville is a young team, and the Vandals earned six forfeits against a small Oilers squad.
Freshman Seth Purcell and junior Zach Jackson were the only two Vandals who recorded pins in both matches.
Jackson missed most of the season with an injured shoulder, but he has done well since his return on Jan. 22.
“It’s nice to have Zach Jackson back in there,” Clay said. “He really listens and pays attention, and that’s helped him out a lot.”
On Saturday, the Vandals will look to win their 17th straight regional championship at Shelbyville.
The tournament starts at 9 a.m. with the finals beginning at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 26
103 – Double forfeit
112 – Tyler Dagen (V) def. Jordan Probst (C) by fall at 1:22
119 – Trevor Alstat (V) won via forfeit
125 – Justin Hill (V) def. Mitch Armour (C) by fall at 1:11
130 – Seth Purcell (V) def. Lukas Cottingham (C) by fall at 1:04
135 – Brad Jenner (V) won via forfeit
140 – C.J. Runkel (V) won via forfeit
145 – John Vosholler (V) def. David Daugherty (C) by fall at 0:19
152 – Daniel Edwards (V) def. Katlin Helms (C) by technical fall at 5:59
160 – Zach Jackson (V) def. Ethan Dixon (C) by fall at 3:47
171 – Levi Ulmer (V) def. Bobby Simmons (C), 15-3
189 – Dayin Godberson (V) def. Kyle Healy (C) by fall at 0:59
215 – Sean Newcomb (V) def. Jordan Ogden (C), 7-1
285 – Anthony Fladeland (V) def. Aaron Brown (C) by fall at 1:28
•A.J. Gaylord won by fall at 2:33
•Devin Sims won, 14-6
•Rodney Tedrick won by fall at 3:02
103 – Xaiver Rother (E) won via forfeit
112 – Dagen def. Marc Sobol (E), 6-2
119 – Alstat def. David Baragiola (E) by fall 3:35
125 – Hill def. Alex Anderson (E), 11-7
130 – Purcell def. Tyler Johnson (E) by fall at 1:04
135 – Runkel def. Gage Woodfin (E) by fall at 0:37
140 – Vosholler won via forfeit
145 – Brenden Cripe (V) won via forfeit
152 – Edwards won via forfeit
160 – Jackson def. Tony Erslon (E) by fall at 5:54
171 – Ulmer won via forfeit
189 – Godberson def. R.J. Grodzicki (E), 3-2
215 – Newcomb won via forfeit
285 – Fladeland won via forfeit
Thursday, Jan. 27
103 – Pierceson Holmes (O) won via forfeit
112 – Jon Villagran (O) def. Dagen, 18-10
119 – Alstat def. Tim Prowl (O) by fall at 2:28
125 – Drew Wise (O) def. Hill, 8-6
130 – Jacob Villagran (O) def. Purcell by fall at 1:11
135 – Runkel def. Austin Metz (O), 9-6
140 – Vosholler def. Mike Klofenstein (O), 9-1
145 – Matt Cofman (O) won via forfeit
152 – Edwards def. Thomas Effen (O) by fall at 0:53
160 – Tyler Sexton (O) def. Jackson, 15-4
171 – Victor Villagran (O) def. Godberson, 6-4
189 – Ulmer def. Shawn Lowry (O), 17-4
215 – Chris Feldhake () def. Newcomb by fall at 1:50
285 – Don Eckerman (O) def. Fladeland by fall at 0:39