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  • Geneseo pins its way to victory

  • The Geneseo wrestling team cruised to a 61-16 victory over Ottawa in the squad’s home finale Jan. 25 with 13 wins on the mat.


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  • The Geneseo wrestling team cruised to a 61-16 victory over Ottawa in the squad’s home finale Jan. 25 with 13 wins on the mat.
    Geneseo put away the Pirates with nine pins, one major decision, one decision and two forfeits.
    “It was a good night,” said head coach Jon Murray. “Everybody came out and performed well. It was a good night and a good Senior Night ceremony.”
    Seniors Sean Lillis, Tyler Puls, Bryce Zanfes and Oliver Newton all posted pins for the Leafs on Senior Night.
    “This year’s group of seniors has brought a lot of experience,”?said Murray. “When you look at the top numbers, you see Tyler and Oliver and they are that way because they put the time in. These freshmen are learning a lot from the seniors and their experience level.”
    Lillis (132-pounds) started the night off with a pin in 1 minute and 57 seconds, while Puls (160-lbs.) came up with a pin in 3:22.
    Zanfes (182-lbs.) took his Ottawa opponent down in 5:23 for the pin, while Newton (195-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 3:01.
    Jarred Bruce (138-lbs.) also received a pin on the night in 1:23, followed by Cameron Panicucci (285-lbs.) with a pin in 4:48,  and  Jacob DePauw (106-lbs.) quickly pinned his opponent in :53.
    Mitch Miller (170-lbs.) defeated his opponent in a 15-7 major decision, while Tristan Thies (120-lbs.) won a close one in a 7-5 decision in overtime.
    Receiving forfeits were Joey Medina (145-lbs.) and Josh Dodge (126-lbs.).
    Those falling short of victory were Ryan Pitra (152-lbs.), who fell in a 16-5 major decision and senior Blake Rusk (220-lbs.) was pinned in 3:42.
    “I felt bad for Blake because he was sick, but he wrestled anyway,” said Murray. “Blake really took one for the team.
    “This was a confidence booster and the kids are feeling good,” said Murray. “I hope that positive energy carries over. We have to be tough, but it is also important to have fun.”
    The Leafs will begin postseason action with the IHSA Regional Wrestling meet a 10 a.m. Feb. 4 in Geneseo.

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