Grapplers start season strong

Justin Miller
Ghost wrestler Jake Innis tries to fend off a Streator grappler at home Nov. 23.

The Illinois Valley Central wrestling team started the season on a warpath and dominated every squad it faced except one in the opening week.

The season opened the season Nov. 21 at Richwoods against the host school and Morton.

The meet began with IVC taking down Morton, 46-29.

In the 113 pound division, Ryan Beard pinned his opponent in 1:04 and was followed by Bret Hoover pinning his Potter in 0:46.

Brady Best also pinned his foe in 0:46.

Reece Smith started his season with a crushing 16-3 decision and Brendan Butler won a 6-0 match.

Jake Innis won on a pin in the second round, in 2:38, and Kyle Walden pinned his opponent in 1:05.

Calvin Campbell finished the Morton match by winning on a pin in 4:45.

The team closed the night by defeating Richwoods, 51-30.

Hoover started the match with a pin in 3;48 and was followed by a pin from Best in 4:31.

Smith finished on the winning side of a 9-3 decision and Jesse Hall pinned his Knight foe in 1:38.

Campbell closed the night winning with a pin in 0:52.

Beard, Tailor Stewart and Innis won by forfeit.

The Ghosts hosted Streator and Kewanee Nov. 23 and started the meet with a 57-11 win over Streator.

Beard dominated the opening match in a 15-0 decision and Hoover won a close 4-2 match.

In the second round of his match, Best found a flaw in his foe to pin him in 5:35.

Hall continued the winning streak with a pin in 3:19 and Stewart followed with an 8-0 win.

Smith took his opponent down in 1:53.

Hall pinned his foe in 1:18 and Butler pinned his in 1:19.

Innis continued his winning ways by pinning his Streator foe in 1:38 and Walden won in a 9-2 decision.

Campbell finished the match with a 1:38 pin.

The team then battled Kewanee and won, 48-33.

Beard started the match with a quick 0:31 pin.

The Ghosts kept winning when Brandon Berchtold pinned his Boilermaker foe in 4:55.

Smith won with a pin in 4:42 and Butler wrapped things up with a pin in 5:27.

Hall, Innis and Walden all won by forfeit.

The team headed to Geneseo Saturday and beat East Peoria and Peoria Central while losing to the host school.

In the East Peoria match, the team won five matches by pins and two by forfeit.

Against Peoria Central, Hoover started the match by pinning his foe in 3:08.

Best exploited the faults in his foe’s technique to win a dominant 20-5 decision.

Smith bested his opponent enough times to win an 11-2 decision and Hall pinned his Lion opponent in 3:03.

Butler closed the match with a 14-5 decision and Beard won by forfeit.

Despite a valiant effort, the team closed the day by falling to Geneseo, 53-21.

The team next wrestles at 5 p.m. Friday at Olympia against the host school, Midwest Central and Illini Bluffs.