Wilmington too tough for Vandals at state

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By Seth Whitehead

Adam Bowling's teammates certainly felt he had scored himself a takedown.

So did the throng of red- and white-clad supporters sitting behind the Vandalia wrestling team's bench Saturday at Moline's Wharton Fieldhouse.

To such a degree, that both parties - almost in unison - extended two fingers to the air in anticipation of a pair of points that would have kicked off Vandalia's 11th Elite Eight appearance with a momentum-seizing victory.

Problem is, neither of the referees officiating the match did the same. And their opinions were the only ones that mattered.

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