The Litchfield High School wrestling team closed out their regular season at home on Saturday, June 5, picking up two wins in a four-team meet with Taylorville, Metro-East Lutheran and PORTA.
The victories would come against Taylorville and Metro-East Lutheran by the scores of 35-6 and 30-12. All three teams are short on numbers this year, but Litchfield did well in the contested matches in the two duals, going 3-0 against Taylorville and 1-1 against Metro-East Lutheran.
Against the Tornadoes, Alex Powell (106) and Brady Davidson (132) both collected wins by fall, with Powell beating Zach Braun in 28 seconds and Davidson needing just 1:20 to dispatch Gage Rusher. The Panthers’ other win came from Carter Powell (126), who secured a 20-5 first period tech fall against Aiden Seller.
In the match against Metro-East Lutheran, the Panthers would split, with Aaron Roach collecting a pin at 145 pounds against Caiden Downs and Colten Hester falling to Ryton Miller in the 152-pound match.
Despite a final score of 48-22 in favor of the Bluejays, the matches between PORTA and Litchfield were the most intriguing. The two teams would face off six times in contested matches, with Litchfield winning four and PORTA taking two.
The Powell brothers would once again come away with wins, with Alex pinning Zaden Cooper with 17 seconds left in the first period and Carter also winning by fall, with sixth tenths of a second on the first period clock.
Brady Davidson picked up a win by fall as well, needing 36 seconds to pin Jacob Vogel, while senior Aaron Roach earned a major decision victory over Cam McCoy by a 9-1 final score.
The match was the final home meet for Roach, Carter Powell, Caleb Jurgena (who wrestled in two exhibition matches) and Will Carlile. Carlile was held out of the meet to rest up for regionals, having burnt the candle at both ends by competing in both wrestling and pole vault this season. With the rest, the returning state champion is expected to be ready to go when regionals start June 13.
Litchfield was also at home on Wednesday, June 2, as they played host to Quincy Notre Dame and Vandalia. The Panthers would fall 42-33 to the Raiders and 52-16 to the Vandals, but were 8-4 in contested matches at the meet.
In the Quincy Notre Dame match, 36 of the Raiders’ 42 points came by forfeits as Litchfield went 4-1 in contested matches. Brady Davidson (132) and Caleb Jurgena (138) both won by fall in the first period, while Aaron Roach also collected a pin at 145 pounds with 23 seconds left in the match. Litchfield’s other points came from Carter Powell, who defeated Curtis Steinkamp 5-2 at 120 pounds, and Will Carlile and Alex Powell, who both won by forfeit.
Carlile, the Powell brothers and Davidson would all collect wins in the Vandalia match as well as the Panthers went 4-3 in contested matches against the state-ranked Vandals.
Carlile defeated Ryan Kaiser 6-1, while Carter Powell also got a decision win, beating Jarek Wehrle 4-1. Alex Powell would get six points with a win by fall over Josie Womack in the final 10 seconds of the first period, while Brady Davidson took a 12-4 major decision win over Owen Miller.
Litchfield will compete in the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association state series on June 13, at the Sacred Heart-Griffin super regional. The top six place winners in each weight class advance to sectionals at Lawrenceville on June 19, with the top four place winners at sectionals moving on to the IWCOA state tournament on June 24, at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield.
June 2 at Litchfield
Quincy Notre Dame 42, Litchfield 33
Forfeits: Quincy Notre Dame won by forfeit at 113, 126, 170, 182, 220, 285; Litchfield won by forfeit at 106, 160; Double forfeit at 195.
Vandalia 52, Litchfield 16
Forfeits: Vandalia won by forfeit at 126, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285; Double forfeit at 113.
June 5 at Litchfield
Litchfield 35, Litchfield 6
Forfeits: Taylorville won by forfeit at 195; Litchfield won by forfeit at 138, 145, 152; Double forfeit at 113, 120, 160, 170, 182, 220, 285.
PORTA 48, Litchfield 22
Forfeits: PORTA won by forfeit at 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285; Double forfeit at 113, 120.
Litchfield 30, Metro-East Lutheran 12
Forfeits: Metro-East Lutheran won by forfeit at 160; Litchfield won by forfeit at 106, 120, 132, 138; Double forfeit at 170, 182, 195, 220, 285.
Alex Powell (106): won by forfeit vs. QND; def. Josie Womack (V) by fall at 1:50; def. Zach Braun (T) by fall at 0:28; def. Zaden Cooper (P) by fall at 1:43; won by forfeit against Metro-East Lutheran.
Carter Powell (120): def. Curtis Steinkamp (Q) by dec. 5-2; def. Jarek Wehrle (V) by dec. 4-1; def. Aiden Seller (T) by tech fall 20-5; def. Hayden Clary (P) by fall at 2:00; won by forfeit against Metro-East Lutheran.
Brady Davidson (132): def. Luke Blivens (Q) by fall at 1:40; def. Owen Miller (V) by maj. dec. 12-4; def. Gage Rusher (T) by fall at 1:20; def. Jacob Vogle (P) by fall at 0:36; won by forfeit against Metro-East Lutheran.
Caleb Jurgena (138): def. William Gibleon (Q) by fall at 1:56; lost to Cutter Prater (V) by fall at 2:21.
Ashtin Carver (138): won by forfeit vs. Taylorville; lost to Blake Cagle (P) by fall at 3:25; won by forfeit vs. Metro-East Lutheran.
Aaron Roach (145): def. Ian Lynch (Q) by fall at 5:37; lost to Logan Nance (V) by fall at 4:59; won by forfeit vs. Taylorville; def. Cam McCoy (P) by maj. dec. 9-1; def. Caiden Downs (M) by fall at 1:26.
Colten Hester (152): lost to Nathan Pabisiak (Q) by fall at 3:58; lost to Eric McKinney (V) by fall at 1:20; won by forfeit vs. Taylorville; lost to Gatlin Servic (P) by fall at 0:15; lost to Ryton Miller (M) by fall at 3:33.
Will Carlile (160): won by forfeit vs. QND; def. Ryan Kaiser (V) by dec. 6-1.