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  • Wrestlers slide past Moline; trounce Dixon

  • The Geneseo wrestling team notched two wins this past week as the Leafs knocked off Moline and Dixon.
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  • The Geneseo wrestling team notched two wins this past week as the Leafs knocked off Moline and Dixon.
    Geneseo vs. Dixon
    The Geneseo wrestling team dominated a short-handed Dixon squad, 56-10 Dec. 6 in Geneseo.
    “We came out and did what we needed to do,” said head coach Jon Murray. “They went out and did whatever they had to do. I am proud of them for stepping up and allowing the varsity guys to sit out a match. Each varsity wrestler needs to sit two matches throughout the season because of our schedule and we knew this was a night we could afford to sit some guys out.”
    Gage Blackert (182 pounds.) suffered a close 7-6 loss in the first match of the night, but Lane Akre (195-lbs.) put Geneseo into the lead with a pin of his opponent in 1 minute and 16 seconds.
    AJ Marmion (220-lbs.) and Nick Verbeck (285-lbs.) both received forfeits, while both teams forfeited the 106-lb-match.
    Gunner Gaines (113-lbs.) fell in his match in a 5-3 decision, while Elliot Koster (120-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:44. Jacob DePauw (126-lbs.) received a forfeit.
    Justin Cain (132-lbs.) earned a 5-2 decision win, followed by Jarred Bruce (138-lbs.) was defeated in a 10-2 major decision.
    Josiah Cropp (145-lbs.) overpowered his opponent with a 15-0 technical fall victory, while Cole Hunzeker (160-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 3:03. Levi Warren (152-lbs.) and Bryce Johnson (170-lbs.) both received forfeits.
    Geneseo vs. Moline
    It came down to the final matches of the night in the Geneseo/Moline wrestling dual Dec. 5 where the Leafs pulled out a 26-24 victory over the Maroons.
    “We put ourselves in a tight situation leaving it up to the last couple of weight classes, but, man, they sure came through when they needed to,” said Murray. “We knew what Cameron Panicucci was up against (in Adarios Jones) so we knew AJ Marmion needed to get a pin and Cam not to get pinned and they did.”
    Marmion (220-lbs.) grabbed a much-needed pin for the Leafs in :38, while Cameron Panicucci (285-lbs.) fell in a 15-6 major decision.
    The match started off with Antonio Tumbarello (106-lbs.) falling in a 16-7 major decision. Jon Warner (113-lbs.) helped GHS bounce back with a 10-5 decision win as well as a 4-3 decision win by Hunter Grau (120-lbs.).
    Tristan Thies (126-lbs.) suffered a 9-3 decision loss, while Cody Bormann (132-lbs.) fell in a 12-2 major decision and Bruce (138-lbs.) lost in an 8-5 decision.
    “There were a couple of key matches earlier we had hoped to win,” said Murray. “It wasn’t looking as good as we were hoping early in the meet, but luckily the heavier weights were able to come through.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Cropp (145-lbs.) nabbed a 9-3 decision victory for the Leafs, followed by Joey Medina (152-lbs.) with a 14-4 major decision win. Hunzeker (160-lbs.) lost his match in a 10-6 decision.
    Ryan Pitra (170-lbs.) claimed a 4-2 win, while Brandon Mizlo (182-lbs.) won in a 13-3 major decision, and Akre (195-lbs.) fell in a 5-2 decision.
    “It is a good confidence booster and lifts the program to beat a QC rival and a bigger school,” said Murray.
    “I think the story line of the meet was the night before (Dec. 4) when we got home from Galesburg late and the next day we had Moline, which was the first day AJ Marmion could make the 220 weight class, however, he was still six pounds over when we got back,” said Murray. “He lost those six pounds by Wednesday (Dec. 5) and got the pin. It was a huge boost.”
    The Leafs will be in action tonight at 4:30 p.m. and at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 in the Hinsdale Invite.
    “I want to see each individual get as far through their bracket as they can and I want to see each individual reach their potential,” said Murray. “Our goal is for each individual to do as well as they can.”

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