With a number of its wrestlers competing at the varsity level for the first time, Vandalia used five pins to open its season with a win on Tuesday.
Three of those pins came at the end of the matchup to seal a 47-30 win over Belleville West.
“I feel good,” coach Jason Clay said. “The kids wrestled hard.
“We didn’t have everything quite right yet, and weight-wise, we had a couple of open spots, but this was a good way to start the season,” he said.
“Jarrett (Paslay) started us out big with a pin, and Bradyn (Kaiser), even though he got beat, wrestled pretty good against a good kid,” he said.
“Logan (Sullens) got us back on the right track, and Trevor (Philpot) kept it rolling,” he said.
Of the other winners, three – Robby Durbin, Anthony Enlow and Dakota Gasaway – were wrestling in varsity competition for the first time.
Durbin posted a 9-5 win, and Enlow and Gasaway pinned their opponents. Ethan Largent also wrestled at the varsity level for the first time.
“It was good to see that out of those guys,” Clay said. “Even though Ethan lost, he wrestled tough.”
The other two winners were Garret Stewart, in double overtime, and Zack Stephenson, with a pin.
106 – Gasaway (V) by fall over Noah Trapp, :051.
113 – Stephenson (V) by fall over Hunter Laminack, :032.
120 – Tanner Swain, won by forfeit.
126 – Paslay by fall over Brendan Sulley, 2:19.
132 – Justin Koderhandt over Kaiser (V) by fall, 4:12.
138 – Sullens by fall over Demarian Laprade, 2:20.
145 – Garrett Bass (BW) won by forfeit.
152 – Logan Johnson (BW) won by forfeit.
160 – Philpot (V) by tech fall over Stefan Caswell, 4:42.
170 – Kyle McCovey over Largent (V) by fall, 1:40
182 – Durbin over Turon Johnson, 9-5.
195 – Stewart over Tristan Caswell in double overtime, 3-1.
220 – Marcus Gates (BW) by fall over Eli Cox (V), 0:09.
285 – Enlow by fall over Israel Griffin, 4:32.