Three Litchfield wrestlers were among those competing at the 58th annual Lyle King Princeton Invitational on Jan. 7-8. The trip was highlighted by the performance of junior Alex Powell, who improved to 20-3 on the season with a second place finish at 106 pounds.
Powell would get a bye in the first two rounds to get a free pass to the quarterfinal, where he met up with Ivan Munoz of Ottawa Township. Powell picked up a 12-0 major decision victory over Munoz, to move to the semifinal against Dalton Nimrick of Rock Island Alleman. Powell picked up win number two on the day, pinning Nimrick one minute and 34 seconds into the second period. In the final, the Litchfield 106-pounder battled it out with Hunter Robbins of Illini Bluffs before settling for second with a 6-0 decision going in Robbins’ favor.
Also competing were Seth Kenter and Hunter Hancock, who wrestled at 152 and 182 pounds respectively. Kenter fell to Noah Windsor of Reed-Custer by fall at the 1:40 mark in his first match, then lost to Case Rockey of Dakota by fall at 2:35 in the consolation round.
Hancock took Tucker Cook of Pittsfield to the third period before losing by fall at the 4:22 mark, but won his first consolation match over George Starks of Rockridge with a pin one minute and 22 seconds into the second period. Hancock would battle against Austin Stock of Warrensburg-Latham in his second consolation bout, but lost by fall with one second to go in the second period.
Litchfield is scheduled to be in Taylorville on Tuesday, Jan. 11, for a triangular match with the Tornadoes and Decatur MacArthur.
Jan. 7-8 at Princeton
58th Annual Lyle King Princeton Invitational
Team Results: 1. Dakota 183.5; 2. Vandalia 140; 3. Reed-Custer 136.5; 4. Coal City, 136; 5. Auburn 134.5; 6. Dixon 128; 7. Port Byron Riverdale 119; 8. Sterling Newman Central Catholic 110; 9. Princeton 107.5; 10. Manteno 103.5; 11. Rockridge 101; 12. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 91; 13. Olympia 83; 14. Illini Bluffs 82; 15. Clifton Central 77; 16. Mercer County 69; 17. Clinton 64.5; 18. LeRoy 64; 19. Rock Island Alleman 51; 20. Wilmington 50; 21. Monticello 48.5; 22. PORTA 46; 23. Warrensburg-Latham 44.5; 24. Tremont 40; 25. Ottawa 39; 26. Byron 36; 27. Morrison 35; 28. Orion 27; 29. Litchfield 27; 30. Pittsfield 22; 31. Rock Falls 14; 32. Illinois Valley Central 4.
106: Alex Powell (20-3) - def. Ivan Munoz (Ottawa) by maj. dec. 12-0; def. Dalton Nimrick (Rock Island Alleman) by fall at 3:34; lost to Hunter Robbins (Illini Bluffs) by dec. 6-0 to place 2nd.
152: Seth Kenter (13-11) - lost to Noah Windsor (Reed-Custer) by fall at 1:40; lost to Case Rockey (Dakota) by fall at 2:35
182: Hunter Hancock (15-10) - lost to Tucker Cook (Pittsfield) by fall at 4:22; lost to Austin Stock (Warrensburg-Latham) by fall at 3:59
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