Panthers Battle Back At Springfield Tourney

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The Litchfield High School wrestling team ended their run at the 58-team Abe’s Rumble dual team tournament in Springfield with a win on Thursday, Dec. 30, taking fifth place in the nine-team Copper Bracket.

Filling 10 of the 14 weight classes at most, the Panthers were giving up 18 to 24 points in most of the matches, making wins in the pool portion of the tournament on Dec. 29 hard to come by.

Litchfield opened up with West Frankfort and fell to the Redbirds 54-30. The difference in the 24-point decision was in part to 24 forfeit points the Redbirds received.

In contested matches, Litchfield fared well, winning five of the 10 matches, all by fall. Alex Powell (106), Ashtin Carver (145) and Hunter Hancock (182) all won in the first period, needing less than a minute to get the pin, while Seth Kenter (160) and Isaiah Johnson (113) got wins by fall in the second and third periods respectively.

In their next match, Litchfield would give up 24 points again as Reed-Custer defeated the Panthers 66-12. Litchfield’s wins came from Alex Powell, who picked up his second pin, and Isaiah Johnson, who won by forfeit.

The Panthers’ closest match in pool play was against Riverdale, who won 48-30 with 18 points coming from forfeits.

Alex Powell won again by fall, this time just before time ran out in the second period, while Hunter Hancock and Corbin Schneck (285) also picked up pins. Isaiah Johnson and Devin Hansel (195) had Litchfield’s other 12 points with forfeit victories.

In their final match in the pool, Litchfield fell to Beardstown 54-20, with the Tigers getting 30 free points from forfeits.

Alex Powell completed his sweep of Wednesday’s opponents with a 16-0 tech fall victory, while Ian Mitchell (126), Seth Kenter and Hunter Hancock all picked up wins as well. Mitchell’s win came in a 13-10 decision, while Kenter and Hancock won by fall.

On Thursday, Litchfield moved to the nine-team Copper Bracket, where they drew Olympia in their first match. The Spartans picked up a 46-24 win over the Panthers, getting 24 forfeit points, en route to an overall win in the Copper Bracket.

Alex Powell picked up where he left off with a 7-0 decision win against Dylan Eimer, while Seth Kenter also won by decision. Ian Mitchell and Kaleb Crabtree both won by fall, while Corbin Schneck got six points as well in a forfeit.

After the loss, Litchfield came back to win 24-18 over Walther Christian Academy. Seven classes went down as double forfeits, with Clayton Logsdon, Corbin Schneck and Seth Kenter winning forfeits for Litchfield and Walther Christian getting six free points at 138-pounds.

Litchfield’s lone contested victory came from Alex Powell, who improved to 6-0 at the tournament with his fourth pin.

Next up for the Panthers was Sparta, who won 36-29 with 12 forfeit points from Litchfield. The Spartans also gave up six forfeit points, with Alex Powell getting the free pass.

Isaiah Johnson, Seth Kenter and Hunter Hancock all won by fall, while Ian Mitchell picked up a tech fall victory, 22-6.

In their final dual of the tournament Litchfield picked up a 42-36 win over Wilmington. Thirty-six points in the match came from forfeits, with Wilmington getting 18 and Alex Powell, Isaiah Johnson, and Kaleb Crabtree getting six free points for Litchfield.

Seth Kenter would be one of the few to get a contested match and beat Dezirae Yankee by fall in 57 seconds to earn his sixth win and fourth pin of the tournament.

Of Litchfield’s 34 individual wins in eight duals, only 11 were by forfeit. Eighteen were won by fall, with three decisions and two tech fall victories.

Alex Powell led the team with eight wins, followed by Seth Kenter with six, Isaiah Johnson with five, Hunter Hancock with four, Corbin Schneck and Ian Mitchell with three, Kaleb Crabtree with two and Devin Hansel, Clayton Logsdon and Ashtin Carver with one each.

The Panthers will go from the frying pan to the fire as they travel to another elite tournament, the Princeton Invitational, on Jan. 7-8.

Dec. 29 at Springfield

Abe’s Rumble: Pool Results

 West Frankfort 54, Litchfield 30

106: Alex Powell (L) def. Heyden Hughes (WF) by fall at 0:24

113: Isaiah Johnson (L) def. Andrew Milligan (WF) by fall at 3:36

120: Eli Klus (WF) won by forfeit

126: Cameron Joyner (WF) def. Ian Mitchell (L) Inj 0:15

132: Raj Jenkins (WF) won by forfeit

138: Gavin Mann (WF) won by forfeit

145: Ashtin Carver (L) def. RJ Williams (WF) by fall at 0:46

152: Jaden Smilanich (WF) def. Kaleb Crabtree (L) by fall at 1:24

160: Seth Kenter (L) def. Joseph Kahl (WF) by fall at 2:51

170: Connor Henson (WF) won by forfeit

182: Hunter Hancock (L) def. Brandon Turner (WF) by fall at 0:58

195: Anthony Joyner (WF) def. Devin Hansel (L) by fall at 1:06

220: Hunter Stitley (WF) def. Clayton Logsdon (L) by fall at 0:08

285: Braxton Tutt (WF) def. Corbin Schneck (L) by fall at 0:42

Reed-Custer 66, Litchfield 12

106: Alex Powell (L) def. Judith Gamboa (RC) by fall at 0:30

113: Isaiah Johnson (L) won by forfeit

120: Double Forfeit

126: Samuel Begler (RC) def. Ian Mitchell (L) by fall at 0:52

132: Jeremy Eggleston (RC) won by forfeit

138: Ryan Tribble (RC) won by forfeit

145: Landon Markle (RC) def. Ashtin Carver (L) by fall at 3:46

152: Noah Windsor (RC) def. Kaleb Crabtree (L) by fall at 1:22

160: Brenden Tribe (RC) def. Seth Kenter (L) by fall at 2:45

170: Rex Pfeifer (RC) won by forfeit

182: Brandon Moorman (RC) def. Hunter Hancock (L) by fall at 2:37

195: John Aylward (RC) def. Devin Hansel (L) by fall at 1:10

220: Kody Marschner (RC) def. Clayton Logsdon (L) by fall at 0:42

285: Gunnar Berg (RC) def. Corbin Schneck (L) by fall at 1:26

Riverdale 48, Litchfield 30

106: Alex Powell (L) def. Tharren Jacobs (R) by fall at 4:00

113: Isaiah Johnson (L) won by forfeit

120: Thad Jacobs (R) won by forfeit

126: Double Forfeit

132: Brock Smith (R) def. Ian Mitchell (L) by fall at 2:34

138: Brody Barrett (R) won by forfeit

145: Eli Hinde (R) def. Ashtin Carver (L) Inj 0:51

152: Collin Altensey (R) def. Kaleb Crabtree (L) by fall at 0:56

160: Alex Watson (R) def. Seth Kenter (L) by fall at 3:00

170: Zach Bradley (R) won by forfeit

182: Hunter Hancock (L) def. A.J. Scranton (R) by fall at 0:59

195: Devin Hansel (L) won by forfeit

220: Iyezaha Hill (R) def. Clayton Logsdon (L) by fall at 5:13

285: Corbin Schneck (L) def. Jake Baustian (R) by fall at 0:11

Beardstown 54, Litchfield 20

106: Double Forfeit

113: Alex Powell (L) def. Luis De La Cruz (B) by tech fall 16-0

120: Josh Severino (B) won by forfeit

126: Ian Mitchell (L) def. Blake Davis (B) by dec. 13-10

132: Bryan Gil (B) won by forfeit

138: Jonny Marquez (B) won by forfeit

145: Alex Dieme (B) won by forfeit

152: Treysean Grant (B) def. Kaleb Crabtree (L) by fall at 0:47

160: Seth Kenter (L) def. Wyatt Petersen (B) by fall at 1:17

170: Junior Azannai (B) won by forfeit

182: Hunter Hancock (L) def. Jacob Hoffman (B) by fall at 2:18

195: Ryder Hamlin (B) def. Devin Hansel (L) by fall at 1:15

220: Leonel Lopez (B) def. Clayton Logsdon (L) by fall at 0:50

285: Owen O`Hara (B) def. Corbin Schneck (L) by fall at 0:57

Dec. 30 at Springfield

Abe’s Rumble: Copper Bracket

Olympia 46, Litchfield 24

106: Alex Powell (L) def. Dylan Eimer (O) by dec. 7-0

113: Brady Bierbaum (O) def. Isaiah Johnson (L) by maj. dec. 16-6

120: Aiden Fosdick (O) won by forfeit

126: Ian Mitchell (L) def. Cooper Phillips (O) by fall at 5:02

132: Carter Phillips (O) won by forfeit

138: Bentley Wise (O) won by forfeit

145: Rogelio Hernandez (O) won by forfeit 

152: Kaleb Crabtree (L) def. Devyn Porzelius (O) by fall at 3:39

 160: Seth Kenter (L) def. Kelton Graden (O) by dec. 8-2

 170: Double Forfeit

 182: Austin Swan (O) def. Hunter Hancock (L) by fall at 4:20

 195: Quinn Perschall (O) def. Devin Hansel (L) by fall at 1:37

 220: Nolan Yeary (O) def. Clayton Logsdon (L) by fall at 0:56

 285: Corbin Schneck (L) won by forfeit

Litchfield 24

Walther Christian Academy 18

106: Alex Powell (L) def. Caleb Peterson (W) by fall at 0:19

113: Dylan Leonard (W) def. Isaiah Johnson (L) by fall at 0:52

120: Double Forfeit

126: Josh Peterson (W) def. Ian Mitchell (L) by fall at 1:03

132: Double Forfeit

138: Jonathan Davis (W) won by forfeit

145: Double Forfeit

152: Double Forfeit

160: Seth Kenter (L) won by forfeit

170: Double Forfeit

182: Double Forfeit

195: Double Forfeit

220: Clayton Logsdon (L) won by forfeit

285: Corbin Schneck (L) won by forfeit

Sparta 36, Litchfield 29

106: Alex Powell (L) won by forfeit

113: Double Forfeit

120: Isaiah Johnson (L) def. Zayden Leuth (S) by fall at 4:12

126: Ian Mitchell (L) def. Ian Salinas (S) by tech fall 22-6

132: Xavier Wilson (S) won by forfeit

138: Double Forfeit

145: Wyatt Evans (S) won by forfeit

152: Cody Martin (S) def. Kaleb Crabtree (L) by fall at 1:47

160: Seth Kenter (L) def. Braylen Walker (S) by fall at 1:09

170: Double Forfeit

182: Hunter Hancock (L) def. Alex Robertson (S) by fall at 0:43

195: Cody Dickerson (S) def. Devin Hansel (L) by fall at 0:14

220: Jayden Jones (S) def. Clayton Logsdon (L) by fall at 1:25

285: Eli Coop (S) def. Corbin Schneck (L) by fall at 0:23

Copper Bracket - Fifth Place

Litchfield 42, Wilmington 36

106: Alex Powell (L) won by forfeit

113: Isaiah Johnson (L) won by forfeit

120: Aubin Shields (W) won by forfeit

126: Landon Dooley (W) def. Ian Mitchell (L) by fall at 0:34

132: Pricilla Prescott (W) won by forfeit

138: Jacob Prescott (W) won by forfeit

145: Double Forfeit

152: Kaleb Crabtree (L) won by forfeit

160: Seth Kenter (L) def. Dezirae Yankee (W) by fall at 0:57

170: Hunter Hayes (W) won by forfeit 

182: Hunter Hancock (L) won by forfeit

195: Devin Hansel (L) won by forfeit

220: Clayton Logsdon (L) won by forfeit

285: Blake Shirey (W) def. Corbin Schneck (L) by fall at 0:29

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