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Lawrenceville's Kramer Sweeten works agianst Caterville's Kegan Doty at 130 pounds. Doty scored a 15-14 decision.
Lawrenceville's Zach Green tries to escape from a Johnston City opponent.
Lawrence County Tournament
LHS's Irvin, Melton win titles
LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Lawrenceville High School wrestlers won championships, two others placed, and the Indians placed sixth in the 13-team field at the annual Lawrence County Tournament at Lawrenceville High School Saturday.

"Going into a bigger tournament like this one, our goal is to at least finish in the top half. We did that today with a fairly young team," LHS coach Steve Parker said. "We had a lot of pins today, and those add up to bonus points. That helped with our team score."

Three of those pins came from junior 112-pounder Garrett Irvin and junior 215-pounder Justin Melton, both of whom won weight-class champions by pinning all three of their opponents in the first period. In addition, senior Jared Childress placed second at 189 pounds for the Indians, while sophomore Drew Davis was fourth at 125.

Marion edged Robinson for the team title, 182-170 1/2. Mount Carmel (149), West Frankfort (146 1/2) and Carmi (125 1/2) completed the top five. The Indians, who were fourth after the semifinals, but seventh prior to the finals, wound up sixth with 118 points.

Irvin won at 119 by pinning, in succession, Robinson's Zach Koontz (:35), Marion's C.J. Morrison (1:59) and Harrisburg's Phillip York (1:32).

"That's how we expect Garrett to wrestle," said Parker. "He did some nice things out there today. We keep telling him to wrestle with technique instead of trying to muscle guys. He did that, and pretty much dominated the weight class."

Melton, at 215, was also dominant. He spent a total of 2:35 on the mat with pins of Olney's Terry Hayes (:37), Anna-Jonesboro's Taylor Fitzgerald (:22) and Marion's Ken Harris (1:36).

"He's so strong, that he just overpowers guys," Parker said. "But it's the same as (Irvin). We tell him to wrestle with technique. In the finals, he hit a real nice near-side cradle, and put the kid on his back. When he gets ahold of something, he just doesn't let go."

Childress lost on the finals to Marion's Jack Mills, 10-5. He reached the championship match with a 13-5 decision of Carterville's Matt Beuligmann and a pin of Mount Carmel's Matt Smith in 2:35.

"(Mills) beat him last year in the third-place match, pretty easily," Parker said. "This year, Jared made it a better match. He's wrestling smart, and in control. He's shown a lot of improvement, just since the season started."

Davis won two of four matches at 125. In the third-place match, Carmi's Danny Aud pinned the LHS sophomore in 3:35.

"Drew didn't win a match in this tournament last year, and today he got fourth," Parker said. "We talked later, and he wasn't happy with fourth. I kind of like that. He's not satisfied, and wants to get better. I think that will motivate him."

Others who competed for the Indians were 103-pounder Scott Beard (0-2), 119-pounder Michael Turner (1-2), 130-pounder Kramer Sweeten (1-2), 135-pounder Thomas Grove (0-2), 140-pounder Charles Knightstep (1-2), 145-pounder Anthony Cunningham (1-2), 152-pounder Jacob Costello (0-2), 160-pounder Zach Green (0-2), 171-pounder Trevin Douglas (1-2) and heavyweight Jesse Angle (0-2).

"I was proud of all our young guys," Parker said. "They all went out and battled. I think a couple of them were overwhelmed by the atmosphere. They good a good learning experience from the weekend."

The Indians have duals Wednesday at Pike Central, Ind., and Thursday at Carmi.


Team scores

1. Marion 182; 2. Robinson 170 1/2; 3. Mount Carmel 149; 4. West Frankfort 146 1/2; 5. Carmi 125 1/2; 6. Lawrenceville 118; 7. Anna-Jonesboro 113 1/2; 8. Harrisburg 105; 9. Carterville 73; 10. (tie) Fairfield 63 and Effingham St. Anthony 63; 12. Johnston City 42; 13. Olney 27.

103 pounds

Payton Stifle (Robinson) p. Scott Beard (Lawrenceville), :30; Jerrod Harris (Marion) p. Beard, 4:11. Third-place: Kody Wright (Harrisburg) p. Alec Meier (West Frankfort), 1:22. Championship: Devin Wilson (Carmi) p. Stifle (Robinson), 1:37.

112 pounds

Garrett Irvin (Lawrenceville) p. Zach Koontz (Robinson), :35; Irvin (Lawrenceville) p. C.J. Morrison (Marion), 1:59. Third-place: Morrison (Marion) p. Andrew Adams (Anna-Jonesboro), 1:47. Championship: Irvin (Lawrenceville) p. Phillip York (Harrisburg), 1:32.

119 pounds

Michael Turner (Lawrenceville) d. Ryan Tow (Carterville), 10-5; Dakota Thompson (Olney) p. Turner (Lawrenceville), 1:16; Turner (Lawrenceville) p. Austin Dartt (Robinson), 3:33; Masen Motsinger (Harrisburg) p. Turner, 1:57. Third-place: Motsinger (Harrisburg) p. Thompson (Olney), 1:34. Championship: Quentin Clevenger (Fairfield) d. Zack Frazier (West Frankfort), 15-10.

125 pounds

Drew Davis (Lawrenceville) p. Austin Speer (Effingham St. Anthony), :52; Brock Whitehead (Marion) d. Davis (Lawrenceville), 18-13; Davis (Lawrenceville) p. Chase Souilliere (Harrisburg), :49. Third-place: Danny Aud (Carmi) p. Davis (Lawrenceville), 3:35. Championship: Keelan Garza (West Frankfort) p. Whitehead (Marion), :59.

130 pounds

Kegan Doty (Carterville) d. Kramer Sweeten (Lawrenceville), 15-14; Sweeten (Lawrenceville) p. Austin Noble (Anna-Jonesboro), 5:37; Jon Evetts (Marion) p. Sweeten (Lawrenceville), 1:34. Third-place: Evetts (Marion) p. Doty (Carterville), 3:42. Championship: Hadin Restivo (West Frankfort) p. Donny Stover (Carmi), 1:16.

135 pounds

Tyler Koontz (Fairfield) p. Thomas Grove (Lawrenceville), 5:12; Koby Decker (Robinson) p. Grove (Lawrenceville), :31. Championship: Derek Garrett (Mount Carmel) p. Brandon Cerney (Anna-Jonesboro), 5:56.

140 pounds

Charles Knightstep (Lawrenceville) p. Kyle Bone (Fairfield), 5:52; Brad Bozic (West Frankfort) p. Knightstep (Lawrenceville), 3:03; Dalton Guinn (Carmi) p. Knightstep (Lawrenceville), :45. Championship: Slater Stifle (Robinson) d. Chris Simmonds (Carterville), 10-8 in overtime.

145 pounds

Benny Dorris (West Frankfort) p. Anthony Cunningham (Lawrenceville), 1:35; Anthony Cunningham (Lawrenceville) p. Timmy Phillips (Carmi), 3:25; Steve Hannah (Mt. Carmel) p. Cunningham (Lawrenceville), 3:25. Third-place: Dorris (West Frankfort) d. Hannah (Mount Carmel), 7-3. Championship: Darrin Halaska (Johnston City) d. Nate Gray (Effingham St. Anthony), 13-11.

152 pounds

Travis Flute (Anna-Jonesboro) p. Jacob Costello (Lawrenceville), 1:17; Patrick MacGuire (Effingham St. Anthony) p. Costello (Lawrenceville), :44. Third-place: Bennett Williams (Robinson) d. Flute (Anna-Jonesboro), 9-5. Championship: J.T. Bateman (Marion) d. Dakota Hannah (Mount Carmel), injury default.

160 pounds

Ryan Himmelberger (Johnston City) p. Zach Green (Lawrenceville), 1:04; Sam Wampler (Mount Carmel) p. Green (Lawrenceville), 1:11. Championship: Mitch Thacker (Robinson) d. Dan Frey (Carterville), 12-3.

171 pounds

Kefen Hunter (Carterville) p. Trevin Douglas (Lawrenceville), 4:37; Douglas (Lawrenceville) p. Dylan Davis (Harrisburg), 2:58; Beau Price (Mount Carmel) p. Douglas (Lawrenceville), 5:23. Third-place: Brett Turner (Anna-Jonesboro) p. Hunter (Carterville), 3:54. Championship: Michael Smolinski (Robinson) p. Gabe Parker (Marion), 4:36.

189 pounds

Jared Childress (Lawrenceville) d. Matt Beuilgmann (Carterville), 13-5; Childress (Lawrenceville) p. Matt Smith (Mount Carmel), 2:35. Third-place: Jordan Griffith (Fairfield) p. Smith (Mount Carmel), :25. Championship: Jack Mills (Marion) d. Childress (Lawrenceville), 10-5.

215 pounds

Justin Melton (Lawrenceville) p. Terry Hayes (Olney), :37; Melton (Lawrenceville) p. Taylor Fitzgerald (Anna-Jonesboro), :22. Third-place: Francisco Avilla (Robinson) p. Fitzgerald (Annna-Jonesboro), 3:08. Championship: Melton (Lawrenceville) p. Ken Harris (Marion), 1:36.


Dustin Moss (West Frankfort) p. Jesse Angle (Lawrenceville), 2:17; LeVelle Simon (Marion) p. Angle (Lawrenceville), 2:19. Third-place: Johnnie Donaldson (Harrisburg) p. Blake Powell (Fairfield), 1:45. Championship: Tanner Crum (Mount Carmel) p. Alex Gonzalez (Anna-Jonesboro), 4:34.


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