Washington sweeps Manual, host Woodruff
Washington began a promising wrestling season with a pair of non-conference wins Thursday in Peoria.
The Panthers began with a 57-30 victory over Woodruff before dispatching host Woodruff, 34-28.
Austin Wileman, the only Washington wrestler to win twice, pinned a Manual 103-pound foe in the second period.
Washington then won every bout between the 135 and 285 classes.
Justin Clem (171 pounds) and Kyle Clark (189) recorded pins. Mike Grube (140) claimed a 4-2 decision.
Kevin Feger, Trevor Fuerst, Nick Kraemer, Corie Kilpatrick, Keil Dossett and Jake Moline all received forfeit victories vs. the Rams.
In the match with the Warriors, the Panthers won by five different outcomes.
Pins were registered by Wileman in 112, Earl Born in 119, Mason Wright in 160 and Jacob Cox in 285.
Colton Gladwell emerged with a technical fall in 125 and Derek McIntosh triumphed in a 9-1 major decision in 135.
Brandon Rice and Jake Lamb collected decisions in 130 and 140, respectively.
Travis Rice and Dylan Reel were issued forfeits.
Granite City 38, WCHS 30
Among their non-conference matches Saturday in Morton, the Panthers fell to the Warriors despite a 7-7 split in the 14 bouts.
Four consecutive tilts between 119 and 135 went to Washington.
McIntosh (130) and Rice (135) supplied 14-3 and 14-5 major decisions, respectively, while Born (119) and Gladwell (125) contributed matching 4-2 decisions.
Wright, Reel and Massengill helped the Panthers string together three wins in a row in 160 to 189 against Illinois Matmen’s No. 12 ranked Class 3A team.
Wright and Massengill delivered pins, while Reel completed a technical-fall victory.
Granite City’s cause was strengthened by pins or forfeits in five of their wins.
State rankings: Reel is No. 1 in 152, Brandon Rice is No. 3 in 130 and Wright occupies the seventh slot in 145 in the Dec. 2 Illinois Matmen individual ratings.
Washington dropped to No. 22 as a team from 18th the previous week.