Illinois Valley Central's wrestling team continued to roll Nov. 27 at St. Bede with a 44-21 win over the host school.
"We wrestled pretty good against St. Bede," coach Matt Russell said. "It was a tough night with the loss of Kyle Albaugh with a dislocated knee in the third match.
"The kids responded well with the win after he went down."
Nick Norris started things with a pin in 4:25 in the 113-lbs division.
In the 126-lbs division, Brett Hoover dispatched his foe in 3:23.
Riley Beard pinned his foe in the 132-lbs division in a quick 0:48 and Chase Dietrich also made short work of his opponent in 1:38 in the 152-lbs division.
Jake Lauber found enough holes in his Bruin opponent's strategy to take an 8-3 decision in the 170-lbs division.
Kyle Walden won in the 195-lbs division with a pin in 1:39 and Jordan Ladd took down his Bruin in the 220-lbs division in 2:33.
Calvin Campbell finished the Ghosts night with a pin in 0:39 in the 285-lbs division.
The team hosted Olympia, Illini Bluffs and Midwest Central Thursday and beat Midwest Central, 56-12.
Beard wasted no time winning his match with a pin in 0:24.
Dillon Simmerman took control of his match in the 170-lbs division by taking his opponent down on a pin in 4:54.
Ladd sped through his bout with a pin in 0:24 and Aaron Kirchner closed things out with a 9-3 victory in the 220-lbs division.
The team lost a close one to Illini Bluffs, 39-34, in the same meet.
Norris outmaneuvered his opponent to win 10-0 and Beard did the same for a 7-2 victory.
Dietrich had no problem dispatching his opponent in 3:02.
Simmerman also made short work of his foe in 1:27.
Ladd, however, outdid them all when he won by a pin in 0:10.
Campbell was the last Ghost winner with a 7-3 decision.
"Calvin Campbell had a huge win against Illini Bluffs and beat a returning State qualifier," Russell said. "In the loss to Illini Bluffs, we had a couple of losses when we were up big and the boys have to learn from it and correct mistakes."
The team's worst bout of the night came on a 49-22 loss to Olympia.
"We had some kids wrestle really well against Olympia," Russell said. "Jordan Ladd and Kyle Walden lost close matchesto very good wrestlers and had their chances to win their matches. We knew going in that Olympia was going to be very good with a lot of returners from a Regional champion team."
Norris came out on the right side of a 14-2 decision and Hoover followed when he won by a pin in 1:05 in dominant fashion.
Beard took his match on a pin in 0:40 and Campbell bested his time when he won on a pin in 0:36 to round out the winners for the Ghosts.
"Some of the wrestlers have just come off of injury and different types of suspensions and they need to do the extra work to get into wrestling shape," Russell said. "Also, we need to continue to polish our fundamentals so mistakes don't cost us in the closely contested duals."
The team next wrestles at 5 p.m. Thursday at home against Limestone and Eureka.
"One of the strengths of the team in the early season is a willingness to work hard and do things to make the team a better dual team such as bump up a weight to fill more weight classes," Russell said. "Also, when something doesn't go right, they have short memories which is important in any sport."