The Litchfield wrestling team went 12-8 in contested matches on Tuesday, May 25, with four wrestlers going a perfect 3-0 in matches against Beardstown, Jacksonville and PORTA on the Bluejays’ home mats.
Giving up between 24 and 36 points in forfeits from the start, the Panthers went 1-2 on the night as a team, but more than held their own against the Tigers, Crimsons and Bluejays individually.
In the Beardstown match, Litchfield went 4-1 in contested matches and collected two forfeit wins from Alex Powell and Carter Powell at 106 and 120 pounds.
All four victories would come by fall, with Brady Davidson (132), Ashtin Carver (138) and Will Carlile (160) all earning second period pins and Aaron Roach earning a third period pin with one second left in the 145-pound match.
Against PORTA, the Panthers went 4-4 in contested matches against one of the state’s top teams. Alex Powell, Carter Powell and Brady Davidson all earning first round pins and Will Carlile coming close with a 16-0 tech fall victory.
The quartet of the Powell brothers, Davidson and Carlile would complete their perfect 3-0 night with more wins against Jacksonville. Carter Powell and Brady Davidson rolled to two first period pins, while Alex Powell took an 8-0 major decision victory. Carlile finished his night with a 5-1 win over Tim Welsh, who is an honorable mention pick at 152 pounds in the latest state rankings by Rob Sherrill.
The Panthers will be at home for their final two meets of the regular season as they host Vandalia and Carlinville on June 2 and PORTA and Taylorville on June 5.
May 25 at Petersburg
Litchfield 36, Beardstown 30
Forfeits: Beardstown won by forfeit at 170, 182, 195, 220; Litchfield won by forfeit at 106, 120; Double forfeit at 113, 126, 285.
PORTA 54, Litchfield 23
Forfeits: PORTA won by forfeit at 126, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285; Double forfeit at 113.
Jacksonville 54, Litchfield 19
Forfeits: Jacksonville won by forfeit at 126, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285; Double forfeit at 106.
Alex Powell: won by forfeit vs. Beardstown at 106; def. Cooper (P) by fall at :19 at 106; def. Brooklyn Murphy (J) by maj. dec. 8-0 at 113.
Carter Powell: won by forfeit vs. Beardstown; def. Frainer (P) by fall at 1:55 at 120; def. Evan DeWeitt (J) by fall at 1:43 at 120.
Brady Davidson: def. Gil (B) by fall at 3:56 at 132; def. Vogel (P) by fall at :59 at 132; def. Ian Wilner (J) by fall at 1:43 at 132.
Ashtin Carver: def. Sodjedo 9B) by fall at 2:37 at 138; lost to Cagle (P) by fall at 4:38 at 138; lost to Colin Rief (J) by fall at 1:50 at 138.
Aaron Roach: def. Grant (B) by fall at 5:59 at 145; lost to Mitchell (P) by fall at 3:09 at 145; lost to Trey Elliot (J) by fall at :12 at 145.
Colten Hester: lost to Mahllom (B) by fall at :42 at 152; lost to Sinclair (P) by fall at :17 at 152; lost to Maysen Cotton (J) by fall at 1:19.
Will Carlile: def. Sodjedo (B) by fall at 3:28 at 160; def. Banner (P) by tech fall 16-0 at 160; def. Tim Welsh (J) by dec. 5-1.
Wrestling is typically an indoor sport, but 2021 has been anything but a typical year so Litchfield’s matches in Auburn on May 22 had a different twist.
The Panthers took on the host Trojans, Quincy and Lincoln at the Battle on the Blacktop, held in the Auburn High School parking lot. While they would finish on the short end of all three team decisions, Litchfield held their own in contested matches, winning eight of the 16.
The closest of the three matches would be against Quincy, with the Panthers falling 33-30 to the Devils. Of the four contested matches, Litchfield won two, with Will Carlile pinning Kayden Garrett at the 2:57 mark of the 160-pound match and Brady Davidson earning a win by fall over Dylan Backer 15 seconds into the second period in the 132-pound match.
In the Lincoln match, Carlile picked up another pin and the Panthers went 3-4 against the Railers in contested matches. Carlile’s win came with nine seconds left in the second period against Nathan Ladange and was one of three pins Litchfield collected against Lincoln, who won the match 46-18.
The Powell brothers would collect the other two wins by fall, with Alex pinning Steven Walters at the 3:19 mark of the 106-pound match and Carter pinning Jake Lawrence with ten seconds left in the 126-pound match.
The Powells also got wins in Litchfield’s match with Auburn, which the fully loaded Trojans won 58-19. Alex Powell got Litchfield’s one forfeit win in the match at 106 pounds, while Carter Powell pinned Gage Lopez with 25 seconds to go in the first, one of three wins in the two teams’ five contested matches.
Litchfield’s other victories came at 138 pounds, where Ashtin Carver defeated Colby Wilhite in a close 9-8 decision, and at 145 pounds, where Aaron Roach scored an 8-0 major decision victory over Quinten Chizmar.
The Panthers will be at home on Wednesday, June 2, to face Vandalia and Carlinville, followed by another home meet on Saturday, June 5, against PORTA and Taylorville.
May 22 at Auburn
Lincoln 46, Litchfield 18
Forfeits: Lincoln won by forfeit at 170, 182, 195, 285; Double forfeit at 113, 120, 220.
Quincy 33, Litchfield 30
Forfeits: Quincy won by forfeit at 120, 182, 195, 285; Litchfield won by forfeit at 106, 126, 138; Double forfeit at 113, 170, 220.
Auburn 58, Litchfield 19
Forfeits: Auburn won by forfeit at 113, 120, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285; Litchfield won by forfeit at 106.
Alex Powell (106): def. Steven Walters (L) by fall at 3:19; won by forfeit vs. Quincy, won by forfeit vs. Auburn.
Carter Powell (126): def. Jake Lawrence (L) by fall at 5:50; won by forfeit vs. Quincy; def. Gage Lopez (A) by fall at 1:35.
Brady Davidson (132): lost to Isaac Decker (L) by maj. dec. 9-1; def. Dylan Backer (Q) by fall at 2:15; lost to Dresden Grimm (A) by maj. dec. 14-3.
Ashtin Carver (138): lost to Colbie Glenn (L) by fall at 2:33; won by forfeit vs. Quincy; def. Colby Wilhite (A) by dec. 9-8.
Aaron Roach (145): lost to Austin O’Donoghue (L) by fall at 2:32; lost to Brayden Oenning (Q) by dec. 10-3; def. Quinten Chizmar (A) by maj. dec. 8-0.
Brandon Malloy (152): lost to Grant Laubenstein (L) by fall at 0:53; loost to Owen Uppinhouse (Q) by fall at 2:00; lost to Dominic Pecoraro (A) by fall at 1:45.
Will Carlile (160): def. Nathan Ladange (L) by fall at 0:53; def. Kayden Garrett (Q) by fall at 2:57.