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1/6/2014 2:49:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrence County Wrestling Tournament
Richards wins at 285, county team places 4th
LAWRENCEVILLE - It wasn't until the final match of the day that Lawrence County's high school wrestling team crowned a champion in its own invitational tournament Saturday.

That championship, by heavyweight Trevor Richards, a senior at Red Hill High School, was enough to give the LHS squad - a cooperative team made up of wrestlers from both county schools - a fourth-place finish in the Lawrence County Tournament.

Twelve Indians took the mat in the 12-team meet, and all but one earned a place. The tournament had originally been scheduled for early December, but was postponed due to foul weather.

Marion, which saw all 14 of its wrestlers place fifth or better, won the team title with 214 points. West Frankfort (184) and Carterville (182 1/2) also finished ahead of the Indians (162).

The title by Richards enabled LHS to finish ahead of Mt. Carmel, 162-156. Benton (143 1/2), Fairfield (110), Harrisburg (102), Robinson (65), Carmi (39) and Anna-Jonesboro (25) completed the field.

The Indians' only other finalist was RHHS senior Jacob Wirth, who reached the championship bout at 170 pounds. Third-place finishers included Evan Briner (126), A.J. Mendenhall (132) and Cole Westall (160). Tristan Davis (138), Hoa Bobe (145), Ray Knighstep (152) and Mitch Meek (195) all placed fourth, while Mitch Meek was fifth at 103 pounds and Jake Greentree was sixth at 182.

Richards, now 10-4 on the season, advanced to the finals by pinning Mount Carmel's Chase Linson and Carmi's Ray Smock. In the championship match Richards posted his third pin of the day, as he took out Carterville's Mike Dennison in 3:45.

Wirth advanced to the championship match with a pin of Benton's Matt Krug in 3:24 and a 12-2 decision of West Frankfort's Nick Riddle. In the championship match, Robinson's Nick Berty scored a narrow 5-4 decision over Wirth (9-3).

Briner (5-6), Mendenhall (6-3) and Westall (5-3) all rebounded to place third after losing in semifinal matches. Briner scored a decision over Adolph Paulson of Marion, 7-2, in the third-place match at 126. Mendenhall nipped Marion's Justin Edwards in the third-place match at 132, 4-3. In the third-place match at 160, Westall pinned Benton's Nick Goffinet in 5:41.

Davis (8-4), Bobe (9-4), Knightstep (6-3) and Mitch Meek (7-5) all suffered defeats in semifinal matches and were also defeated in third-place matches. Meek sustained a knee injury in the third-place match against Aaron Rankin, and eventually lost the match by injury default.

The Lawrence County team is slated to wrestle in a dual meet Thursday at Olney, before participating in the Robinson duals on Saturday.


Team standings

1. Marion 214; 2. West Frankfort 184; 3. Carterville 182 1/2; 4. Lawrenceville 162; 5. Mt. Carmel 156; 6. Benton 143 1/2; 7. Fairfield 110; 8. Harrisburg 108; 9. Robinson 65; 10. Carmi 39; 11. Anna-Jonesboro 25; 12. Effingham St. Anthony 6.

106 pounds

Caleb Fishback, Marion, d. Curtis Meek, LHS, 7-0; Meek d. Shiann Bidabe, Carmi, 11-3. Fifth: Meek p. Hunter Sarles, Fairfield, :57. Third: Fishback, Marion, d. Damian Hargett, WF, 15-5. Championship: Oliver Davis, Benton, p. Aaron Wood, Mt. Carmel, 3:04.

113 pounds

Fifth: Caiden Stone, Anna-Jonesboro, p. Chase Solberg, Carmi, 1:05. Third: D.J. Waddy, Marion, p. Andrew Martin, Benton, 4:32. Championship: Kevin Shuman, West Frankfort, p. Kenny Raigner, Carmi, 2:27.

120 pounds

Fifth: Austin Fishback, Marion, p. Austin Goodman, Fairfield, :59. Third: Luke Wolfe, Mt. Carmel, d. Payton Hallis, Benton, 8-7. Championship: Darren O'Dell, Harrisburg, d. A.J. Dees, Carterville, 13-0.

126 pounds

Evan Briner, LHS, p. Logan Jerolds, Anna-Jonesboro, 2:13; Dakota Boatner, Fairfield, p. Briner, LHS, 1:14. Fifth: Dalton Wright, West Frankfort, p. Beau Johnson, Mt. Carmel, 1:43. Third: Briner, LHS, d. Adolph Paulson, Marion, 7-2. Championship: David Luper, Carterville, d. Boatner, Fairfield, 12-2.

132 pounds

A.J. Mendenhall, LHS, d. Christian Purcell, Carmi, 11-3; Bailey Meness, West Frankfort, d. Mendenhall, 15-5. Fifth: Brayden Dees, Carterville, d. Logan Johnson, Mt. Carmel, 11-5. Third: Mendenhall, LHS, d. Justin Edwards, Marion, 4-3. Championship: Chris Worthey, Benton, p. Meness, West Frankfort, 3:43.

138 pounds

Tristan Davis, LHS, d. Damian Tracy, Anna-Jonesboro, 8-1; Dalton Williams, West Frankfort, p. Davis, 5:30. Fifth: Zach Belanger, Marion, d. Joe Bybee, Carterville, 6-5. Third: Braden Robertson, Fairfield, d. Davis, LHS, 12-8. Championship: Peyton Smith, Benton, d. Williams, Fairfield, 10-3.

145 pounds

Hoa Bobe, LHS, d. Chayton Murphy, West Frankfort, 13-2; Luke Abbott, Marion, d. Bobe, 11-2. Fifth: Murphy, West Frankfort, p. Coltin Crawford, Fairfield, 1:52. Third: Austin Lowry, Harrisburg, p. Bobe, LHS, 3:19. Championship: Abbott, Marion, d. Peter Bonavillian, Carterville, 2-0.

152 pounds

Ray Knightstep, LHS, d. Jeremy Green, Marion, 5-3; Daniel Krug, Benton, d. Knightstep, 13-3. Fifth: Green, Marion, p. Ian Harris, Effingham St. Anthony, 1:16. Third: Beau Taylor, Mt. Carmel, d. Knightstep, 5-2. Championship: Keegan Gardner, West Frankfort, d. Krug, Benton, 5-2.

160 pounds

Cole Westall, LHS, p. Brennan Lentz, Carterville, :32; William Lenzini, West Frankfort, d. Westall, 7-6. Fifth: Parker Wilkinson, Mt. Carmel, p. Lucas Faber, Fairfield, 1:18. Third: Westall, LHS, p. Nick Goffinett, Benton, 5:41. Championship: Mitchell Bartle, Marion, d. Lenzini, West Frankfort, 5-2.

170 pounds

Jacob Wirth, LHS, p. Matt Krug, Benton, 3:24; Wirth d. Nick Riddle, West Frankfort, 12-2. Fifth: Kane Carcia, Mt. Carmel, d. Krug, Benton, 11-5. Third: Jonah Belanger, Marion, d. Riddle, West Frankfort, 11-2. Championship: Nick Berty, Robinson, d. Wirth, LHS, 5-4.

182 pounds

Lucian Hicks, Harrisburg, p. Jake Greentree, LHS, 1:13; Greentree, LHS, d. Shane Woodard, Carterville, 9-2. Fifth: Anthony Thomas, Fairfield, p. Greentree, 2:32. Third: Hicks, Harrisburg, p. Jeremiah Teal, West Frankfort, 2:14. Championship: Cody Wall, Mt. Carmel, d. Killian White, Marion, 7-2.

195 pounds

Mitch Meek, LHS, p. Steve Wilkerson, West Frankfort, 4:26; Tony Allen, Marion, d. Meek, 6-0. Fifth: Thomas Toombe, Fairfield, d. Cole Adams, Harrisburg, 9-2. Third: Aaron Rankin, Robinson, d. Meek by injury default. Championship: Joe Behan, Carterville, d. Allen, Marion, 15-13.

220 pounds

Eric Reed, Anna-Jonesboro, p. Wade Godfrey, LHS, 1:07; Tyron Maples, Marion, p. Godfrey, :33. Fifth: Maples, Marion, p. Jacob Ludwig, Robinson, 4:40. Third: Tyler Owens, Harrisburg, p. Reed, Anna-Jonesboro, 1:42. Championship: Andrew Wise, Mt. Carmel, p. Derek Mann, Carterville, 1:59.


Trevor Richards, LHS, p. Chase Linson, Mt. Carmel, 5:00; Richards p. Ray Smock, Carmi, 2:55. Fifth: Shawn Abernathy, Marion, p. Garrett Mahan, West Frankfort, 5:19. Third: Smock, Carmi, d. Mike Miller, Robinson, 12-6. Championship: Richards, LHS, p. Mike Dennison, Carterville, 3:45.


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