The Vandalia Vandals were shorthanded last Wednesday night.
It was hard to tell.
The host Vandals went 3-0 in duals on Wednesday, winning all three in impressive fashion.
Vandalia defeated Belleville East, 42-18, and then knocked off Mascoutah, 63-12. Vandalia beat Roxana, 45-21, in the final dual.
The Vandals were without Jake Stewart, Kolten Kaiser and Skylar Depew, as all are dealing with injuries. And yet they still won all three duals.
"We were able to jockey some people around a little bit, since we're a little beat up right now," Vandalia Coach Jason Clay said. "We've got some injuries we're dealing with. The kids we threw out there tonight did a nice job. It's always good to get three wins at home. We had some good wins down low and up high."
The Vandals have a few bumps and bruises after last week's New Year's Challenge in Champaign.
The Vandals saw lots of top talent at the event. When all was said and done, Vandalia had earned 12th place out of 36 teams.
"The first day we wrestled really tough in our pool," Clay said. "We had some success and we were building some confidence. The second day, Coal City took it to us. They got a lot of momentum and we kind of had our heads down. Then we lost Jake to an injury. And we didn't get much of a break, so things kind of snowballed on us. Some of the duals got away from us. But we fought until the end."
Clay said competing against solid competition at the event will only help his team in the long run.
"That was what we needed to see," Clay said. "I think almost everybody took a loss."
The Vandals were back in action Wednesday with a home quad. And things went well for the hosts.
The Vandals began the quad with a 42-18 win over Class 3A Belleville East.
Vandalia's Trevor Philpot earned a 4-2 decision over Dylan Martin at 106 pounds, and Jarrett Paslay beat Joe Celestine, 9-1, at 113.
Belleville East won by forfeit at 120, but Vandalia's Chaston Womack pinned Andre Hembrick in 1:38 at 126.
The Lancers won close matches at both 132 and 138, as Lucas Bernal edged Ryne Lipsey, 6-5, and Alex Eastman defeated Garret Stewart, 7-5.
Vandalia's Wyatt Goade won by forfeit at 145 and teammate Adam Palmer pinned Alex Garza in 49 seconds at 152.
Both teams were open at 160.
At 170, Dalton Blankenship won by tech fall, 17-2, over Belleville's Tim Eschenfelder.
Belleville East's Matt Striegel won by forfeit at 182. Striegel is ranked sixth in 3A.
Vandalia's Matt Ledbetter won by forfeit at 195.
The Lancers were able to win at 220 and 285. DeWayne Hill defeated Bobby Bradley, 3-1. Jan Yates edged Kendrick Woolsey, 2-1, at heavyweight.
Vandalia handled Class 2A Mascoutah, 63-12.
Mascoutah's Trenton Finch defeated Philpot, 7-0, at 106. Paslay pinned Jayden Kempfer in 1:34 at 113. Womack won by forfeit at 120.
Lipsey defeated Luke Steiger, 9-5, at 126. Luke Tessman won by fall over Jon Renner at 132.
Stewart lost an 8-1 decision to Bryce Walsh at 138, but Palmer won by fall in just 58 seconds over Matt Read.
Goade won by forfeit at 152. Blankenship won by fall over Marion Nobles at 160.
Mascoutah's Trevor Keene won by forfeit at 170 and Vandalia's Ledbetter earned the win by forfeit at 182.
Bradley pinned Tyran Blanks at 195, Woolsey pinned Jacob Muski at 220 and Nick Trible won by forfeit at heavyweight.
The Vandals defeated Roxana, 45-21.
Philpot won by forfeit at 106, Paslay defeated James Henseler, 6-0, at 113. Womack pinned Blake Whyers in 1:07.
In a showdown of ranked wrestlers, Roxana's Dalton Brito won by fall over Lipsey at 126. Brito is ranked fourth, while Lipsey is ranked ninth.
Roxana's Jarod Foiles defeated Tessman, 6-3, at 132. Stewart won by forfeit at 138.
Palmer won by fall in 1:41 against Tanner Gray. It was Palmer's third win of the evening by fall.
Goade won by forfeit at 152, and both teams were open at 160 and 170.
Luke Curtis of Roxana pinned Ledbetter at 182, and Vandalia's Rilley Smock won by forfeit at 195.
Woolsey won by fall at 220, and Trible lost by fall at 285.
Notes: After Wednesday's action, the Vandals had a quick turnaround, as they headed to the always-tough Princeton Tournament last Friday and Saturday.
Vandalia won both duals Tuesday night at Carlinville. Vandalia beat Carlinville, 58-24. The Vandals defeated Wood River, 57-18. Those results will be printed next week.