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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Leafs victorious in Geneseo Quad

  • The Geneseo wrestling team began action this past week and totaled five wins and only one loss to start the season.
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  • The Geneseo wrestling team began action this past week and totaled five wins and only one loss to start the season.
    Geneseo Quad
    At Geneseo's home quad meet Nov. 24, the Leafs swept the competition with a 3-0 record.
    The Leafs overpowered Beardstown in the first match of the day, 58-9.
    Earning wins for the Leafs were Antonio Tumbarello (106 pounds) with a 5-3 decision victory; Jon Warner (113-lbs.), 9-4 decision win; Hunter Grau (120-lbs.), pin in 4 minutes and 32 seconds; Tristan Thies (126-lbs.), pin in 5:18; Cody Bormann (132-lbs.), 11-3 decision win and Josh Dodge (138-lbs.), pin in 3:09.
    Others receiving wins were Jarred Bruce (145-lbs.), 11-10 decision win; Josiah Cropp (160-lbs.), 6-4 decision win; Levi Warren (170-lbs.), pin in 3:24; and Ryan Pitra (182-lbs.), pin in 2:33. Receiving forfeits were Brandon Mizlo (195-lbs.) and Cameron Panicucci (285-lbs.).
    "I felt good against Beardstown, and we won the close matches, which is what we need to do," said head coach Jon Murray.
    Joey Medina (152-lbs.) lost his match in a 4-3 decision and the Leafs forfeited the 220-lb. bout.
    Geneseo went on to shut out Normal U-High in the next match of the day, 80-0.
    Posting wins were Thies with a pin 3:24; Bormann in a 12-3 major decision; Medina in a 15-1 major decision; Cropp by technical fall, 17-0; Lane Akre (220-lbs.) with a pin in 5:37; and Panicucci, a pin in :37.
    Receiving forfeits were Tumbarello, Warner, Grau, Dodge, Bruce, Warren, Pitra and Mizlo.
    In the final match of the meet, Geneseo edged out Peoria, 37-28.
    Receiving wins for the Leafs included: Tumbarello, pin in :12; Warner, 13-0 major decision; Grau, pin in 1:35; Thies, pin in :30; Bruce, 5-2 decision; Cropp, pin in 2:57; and Mizlo, pin in 2:40.
    "U-High only brought six guys so I felt pretty good going into the Peoria match, but the bad thing was we lost three matches that should have been wins (against Peoria)," said Murray. "It is a learning experience and on the plus side I don't feel like we wrestled our best, but still came out with a win against a solid team."
    Falling short of victory were Bormann, 1-0 decision; Dodge, 11-3 major decision; Medina, 11-8 decision; Pitra, pinned in :26; Akre, 9-7 decision; and Panicucci, 5-4 decision.
    Geneseo at UT Quad
    The Geneseo wrestlers opened the 2012-13 campaign at the Nov. 20 UT Quad where the Leafs finished with a 2-1 record.
    Geneseo fell in its first match of the night to Machesney Park Harlem, 52-7.
    "I like having Machesney Park Harlem right off the bat because it sets our standard high, and we need to be able to match that intensity," said Murray. "They are No. 4 ranked in 3A and a solid program, so they really set the bar high. I think we did the best we could and fought tough."
    Page 2 of 2 - Receiving Geneseo's only two victories of the match were Cropp (160-lbs.) with an 8-2 decision win and Mizlo (182-lbs.) with a 9-1 major decision victory.
    Those falling short were Tumbarello (106-lbs.), 10-2 major decision; Warner (113-lbs.), pin in :43; Grau (120-lbs.), 8-4 decision; Thies (126-lbs.), pin in 3:18; Bormann (132-lbs.), pin in 3:09; and Dodge (138-lbs.), pin in 1:02.
    Also, Bruce (145-lbs.), 9-4 decision; Medina (152-lbs.), 10-5 decision; Pitra (170-lbs.), 5-0 decision; Blake Whitmer (220-lbs.), pin in 1:54; Panicucci (285-lbs.), pin in 5:46; and Akre (195-lbs.) lost in a double forfeit.
    Geneseo bounced back to defeat United Township, 54-12.
    The Leafs received wins from Tumbarello, pin in 2:00; Grau, pin in 5:03; Thies, 8-3 decision; Bormann, pin in 5:09; Dodge, pin in 2:51; Bruce, pin in 4:14; Cropp, 8-4 decision win; Asa Schackelford, won by forfeit; Mizlo, pin in 4:27; and Panicucci, pin in :47.
    "Against UT, we showed a lot of guts because there were times we could have given up when we were caught on our backs, but they fought through it to get the win," said Murray. "That was huge."
    During the match, Warner lost in 11-7 decision; Medina lost in 9-3 decision; Pitra lost in 5-2 decision; and Whitmer was pinned in 3:22.
    In the final match of the meet, Geneseo dominated Morton, 65-6.
    Posting wins for Geneseo included: Warner, 16-3 major decision; Grau, pin in 1:10; Thies, pin in 1:55; Bormann, pin in :51; Cropp, 11-4 major decision; Pitra, pin in :45; Mizlo, 10-1 major decision; and Panicucci, pin in :21. Tumbarello, Dodge and Schackelford, all won by forfeit.
    Bruce suffered a 9-3 decision loss, while Whitmer lost in a 5-0 decision.
    The Leafs will be in action this weekend in the Rockford East Invite at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1.
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