Illinois Valley Central's wrestling team accomplished a lot in a very short amount of time last week.
"The kids came out and wrestled better than they have the past few weeks against Putnam County," coach Matt Russell said. "We wrestled much more fundamentally sound in that dual. We eliminated some of the mistakes we have been making."
With just one match for the week, and the last until Dec. 28, the Ghosts excelled with a 54-15 home victory over Putnam County.
In the 132-lbs division, Kyle Cox wasted no time taking his foe to the mat and pinned him in 0:52 after quickly finding flaws in his opponent's techniques.
Riley Beard had no trouble exploiting the flaws in his opponent's technique to win by a pin in 2:20 in the 138-lbs division.
Derek Meeks kept the pin streak alive in the 145-lbs division by ending his match with a 1:57 pin after quickly establishing himself as the dominant wrestler in the bout.
"Our goals for the final stretch of the season is to get better every day and get as many wrestlers to Sectionals and Champaign as possible," Russell said. "We want to leave it all on the mat and give it our all."
Chase Dietrich, in the 152-lbs division, was unable to create a pin but outmanuevered his opponent for a 6-0 victory.
In the 182-lbs division, Kyle Walden was evenly matched with a tough wrestler but snuck by on points with a 2-0 decision.
Jordan Ladd easily won the 195-lbs division by quickly dropping his foe in a 1:47 pin.
IVC closed the night when Calvin Campbell pinned his opponent in the 285-lbs division in 0:41.
Nick Norris, Bret Hoover and Nic Ransom won their matches by forfeit.
The team will have over a week off before returning to the mat after Christmas.
The Ghosts next wrestle at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 28 at the University of Illinois in a tournament.
"Christmas break will be big for us," Russell said. "We wrestle in two tournaments and have a couple of duals. In practice, we will continue to work on fundamentals that will help eliminate mistakes.
"The team will travel to Champaign over break to wrestle in the superduals at the University of Illinois. It should be a challenge but also fun for the kids to wrestle where the U of I does."