Effingham Daily News
The Effingham wrestling team lost both matches of its home meet on Wednesday, falling to Olney and Charleston.
Olney took both matches of the meet, beating Effingham 54-21, while Charleston beat the Flaming Hearts 42-21 in the last match of the night.
Hearts head coach Bryan McMillan said his team performed better in the loss to Charleston.
The Hearts picked up five wins against Charleston. Travis Durbin picked up the fastest pin of the night, beating Charleston’s Trevor Goddard in 27 seconds.
Casey Holle pinned Jacob Engel in 1:18, while Alex Artola and Jeff Beasley picked up decisions. Griffin Paige pinned Sam Gubbins in 2:16.
“We were a little bit more aggressive than we were against Olney,” McMillan said. “I’m proud of the kids. They’re still coming around.”
Brody Beck lost a lengthy bout against Lakota Cook, 11-5, but McMillan said he was happy about how hard he fought in one of the final matches of the night.
McMillan also credited Durbin and Holle for having good performances on Wednesday.
“Travis looked good, Casey came around and Brody put up a heck of a fight,” McMillan said.
Holle, Paige and Artola each picked up two wins. Holle beat Olney’s Nathan DeMeyer, 6-1, in his first match of the night. Artola won a close match against Olney’s Dalyn Brach, 5-4, while Paige also squeaked out a win, 5-3, against Quentin Pillbury.
All of Effingham’s losses against Olney came via forfeit or pin. Olney’s Noah Egleston pinned Beck in 58 seconds.
But the fastest loss of the night came in the 126-pound weight class. Charleston’s Quentin Carver pinned Tristen Rhodes in 20 seconds.
“What a lot of people see when they see the scores is we’re losing matches, but the kids are doing better than they were doing at the beginning of the season,” McMillan said. “I’m happy with any of the kids as long as they’re willing to go out there and go after their opponents.”
The Hearts picked up free points in the 195-pound class, as Charleston didn’t have a wrestler for Brett Hodges. Effingham forfeited three times against the Trojans.
Olney had to forfeit to matches to Effingham, in the 152- and 160-pound class, while the Hearts forfeited four times.
Effingham travels to Fairfield for a meet at 6:30 p.m. today.
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Olney 54, Effingham 21
Weight Winner Score
106 Egleston (O) 0:58 Beck (E)
113 Bailey (O) forfeit
120 Thompson (O) forfeit
126 DeMeyer (O) 1:23 Thilker (E)
132 Holle (E) 6-1 DeMeyer (O)
138 Smith (O) forfeit
145 Artola (E) 5-4 Brach (O)
152 Beasley (E) forfeit
160 Durbin (E) forfeit
170 Strarm (O) 2:45 Case (E)
182 Paige (E) 5-3 Pillbury (O)
195 Burkett (O) 1:50 Hodges (E)
220 Craig Muhs (O) forfeit
285 Shoulders (O) 1:25 Nathan (E)
Charleston 42, Effingham 21
106 Cook (C) 11-5 Beck (E)
113 Redden (C) forfeit
120 Lawyer (C) forfeit
126 Carver (C) 0:20 Rhodes (E)
132 Holle (E) 1:18 Engel (C)
145 Artola (E) 6-0 Reddish (C)
152 Beasley (E) 8-2 Smith (C )
160 Durbin (E) 0:27 Goodard (C)
170 Bluhm (C) 5:39 Lawrence (E)
182 Paige (E) 2:16 Gubbins (C)
195 Hodges (E) forfeit
220 Decker (C) 0:47 Hodges (E)
285 Margenthales (C) 2:15 Nathan (E)