The state-ranked Washington wrestling team opened Mid-Illini Conference play Friday with a pair of home victories.



The Panthers held off Limestone, 47-31, and buried Pekin, 53-18, in their first action this season at the West Gym.



Washington is the No. 5 team in the Dec. 8 Illinois Matmen Class 2A state ratings.


The state-ranked Washington wrestling team opened Mid-Illini Conference play Friday with a pair of home victories.

The Panthers held off Limestone, 47-31, and buried Pekin, 53-18, in their first action this season at the West Gym.

Washington is the No. 5 team in the Dec. 8 Illinois Matmen Class 2A state ratings.

Against the Rockets, Travis Rice (112 pounds), Derek McIntosh (125), Colton Gladwell (140), Justin Clem (171) and Jesse Filson (215) all recorded pins. Rice’s came in just 42 seconds.

Trevor Mileur amassed 21 points in a technical fall in the 130 category.

Trevor Craig and Jared Howard received forfeits in 152 and 189, respectively.

In a match that began at 215, the Panthers actually led Limestone only 23-22 before winning four of the final six bouts.

Washington, with a fortified line-up, had an easier time with the Dragons by claiming 10 victories.

Mileur, Brandon Rice (135) and Dylan Reel (171) all provided pins for the Panthers.

McIntosh’s 18-3 win was good for a technical fall, while Craig completed a 14-3 major decision in 152.

Dylan Koonce landed a 6-2 triumph in 285.

Austin Wileman (103), Wyatt Frautschi (140), Keil Dossett (189) and Filson all were handed forfeits to drop Pekin to 3-2 in the conference.

More M-I action ahead: Washington is expected to get a challenge when it goes to Morton Thursday for a triangular.

Resurgent East Peoria is 5-1 overall in duals and, like the Panthers, won its first two league matches.

Saturday, Washington goes to Aurora Marmion for a highly-anticipated quadrangular featuring state-ranked 2A and 3A teams.