Pekin filled only nine of 14 weight classes Saturday in the 48th annual Joe Bee Memorial wrestling tournament in Springfield's Willard Duey Gymnasium.

Injuries and illness took their toll on the Dragons' lineup.
Despite the absences, Pekin nearly took home a team trophy. The Dragons came within a half-point of a top-three finish in the 15-team field.

Chatham Glenwood won the tournament with 186 points, followed by LaSalle-Peru (166), Cahokia (144) and Pekin (143.5).

"Our nine guys did a great job," said Pekin coach John Jacobs.

"Each of them won at least one match and contributed to our team score."

Seven Pekin wrestlers earned a medal for a top-five finish in his weight class including 113-pound champion Ryan Haynes.

Drake Hawkins (120) and Tyler Siddles (195) were second. Brody Haynes (145) and Noah Lamb (285) took third. Jared Dowell (182) and Andrew Krahn (220) were fifth.

It was the first varsity tournament medal for Hawkins, Dowell, Krahn and Lamb. Krahn was 4-7 before Saturday and he went 4-1 in the tournament, matching his season victory total.

Hawkins is a freshman. This was his first high school tournament.
Evan Garland (126) and Logan Bailliez (138) also competed for Pekin.

The Dragons' accomplishments were particularly impressive because there's always good competition at the Bee tournament.

"There are always quality teams there," Jacobs said.
Jacobs said the flu has hit his team hard.

"It took over our room this week," he said Saturday night. "It decimated us. We had at least six or eight kids out each day."

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