The Illinois Valley Central wrestling team had a short and rough week when it lost to Eureka, 42-36, at home Thursday.
"We expected better results last Thursday night," coach Matt Russell said. "We had some really good matches but we lost a few."
Riley Beard opened the Ghost winners with a pin in 0:47 in the 126-lbs division.
In the 170-lbs division, Jake Lauber quickly exposed his opponent's foes and won by a pin.
Dillon Simmerman then made short work of his Hornet opponent with a 2:37 pin in the 182-lbs division.
Jordan Ladd needed little time to take his match on a 0:20 pin in the 220-lbs division.
Calvin Campbell closed the Ghost winners with a 5:04 pin in the 285-lbs division.
Kyle Walden won his match by forfeit.
The team also fell to Limestone in the same meet, 43-25.
"You have to give credit where credit is due," Russell said. "Eureka and Limestone came out and did a great job getting the wins they needed."
Walden snuck by on a close 4-2 decision and Ladd dominated for an 11-3 victory.
Campbell pinned his opponent in 3:50 and Brett Hoover won, 2-1.
Beard quickly won on a pin in 0:25 and Simmerman closed the night with a 3-2 decision.
"We are about where were we thought we would be," Russell said. "We have some really tough duals and tournaments coming up after the first of the year. We need to work hard and we will be battle tested going into Regionals."
The team next plays at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Putnam County.