The Geneseo wrestling team had a busy week on the mats as the Leafs competed in the Hinsdale Invite and also earned wins over Sterling, Alleman and Morrison.

The Geneseo wrestling team had a busy week on the mats as the Leafs competed in the Hinsdale Invite and also earned wins over Sterling, Alleman and Morrison.

Geneseo at Hinsdale Invite

Geneseo had three wrestlers, Josiah Cropp, Hunter Grau and Cameron Panicucci, place at the high-powered Hinsdale Invite Dec. 14-15. The team finished 16th overall.

“We ran into a new level of competition than we are use to and it was a wake up call for us,” said head coach Jon Murray. “We were getting spoiled with our dual meet wins and it was good to see the real picture so we can pick up our training to aim for that level. We need to see that higher level of competition and it helps them know where they need to be if they are going to bring home state medals.”

Cropp (145-pounds) took home sixth place as he won his first two matches in 8-2 and 8-4 decisions over wrestlers from New Trier and Rolling Meadows. He was later pinned by his opponent from Carl Sandburg in 4 minutes. Cropp had to forfeit his next two matches to end up in sixth place.

Grau (120-lbs.) won his opening match, 6-1 over his Moline opponent, but in the next match was pinned in 3:04 by a wrestler from Hinsdale Central. Grau bounced back to win his next match in an 8-1 decision, but was pinned in :58 a match later. Grau won the seventh-place match over a wrestler from DeKalb in a 4-3 decision.

Panicucci (285-lbs.) went 3-2 in action as he won his first match 5-3 in overtime, but was pinned in his second match in 5:02. Panicucci earned a 4-2 decision win over his Carl Sandburg opponent and then fell in an 11-4 decision. Panicucci defeated his DeKalb opponent in the seventh-place bout with a 2-1 decision.

Other wrestlers competing for Geneseo included: Antonio Tumbarello (106-lbs.) won in a 9-7 decision, was pinned in 4:53 and lost 13-11 in overtime; Jon Warner (113-lbs.) won in a 6-2 decision, pinned in 3:21 and lost in 9-7 overtime decision; and Tristan Thies (126-lbs.) won his opener, 6-4, pinned in 5:10 and pinned in 3:20.

Cody Bormann (132-lbs.) was pinned in :37 and lost by technical fall in 4:45; Jarred Bruce (138-lbs.) lost by technical fall in 3:39, won by technical fall in 4:25 and pinned in 1:34; and Joey Medina (152-lbs.) lost in a 9-1 major decision, won in 5-3 decision and lost in 11-2 major decision.

Ryan Pitra (160-lbs.) lost in a 5-3 decision, won by pin in 1:52, won in a 6-0 decision and lost in a 3-0 decision; and Asa Schackelford (182-lbs.) pinned in 3:40, won in 4-3 decision and pinned in 1:12.

Lane Akre (195-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:18, lost by pin in 1:44; won by pin in 2:29 and lost in a 13-4 major decision and AJ Marmion (220-lbs.) lost by pin in 1:08 and a 5-2 decision.

Geneseo vs. Sterling

The Leafs were locked in a tight conference battle Dec. 13 with Sterling, but pulled out the win with a pin in the last match to earn the 40-31 victory.

“We were down early and lost a couple matches that we shouldn’t have,” said Murray. “Three of our good kids got pinned, but that says a lot for the other kids to step up and get the win. There were individual setbacks, but, as a team, we were able to pull through.”

Brandon Mizlo (182-lbs.) grabbed the first win for the Leafs with a pin in 1:05, but Mitch Miller (195-lbs.), in his first match of the year, suffered a loss by pin in 6:14 to tie the match.

Sterling took control of the lead as Geneseo’s Marmion (220-lbs.) fell in a 1-0 decision, Panicucci (285-lbs.) was pinned in 3:01, Tumbarello (106-lbs.) lost in a 12-3 major decision and Warner (113-lbs.) fell in a 9-3 decision.

Geneseo rebounded with pins from Grau (120-lbs.) in 2:29 and Thies (126-lbs.) in 3:26, but in the next match Bormann (132-lbs.) was pinned in 5:21.

Bruce (138-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 4:55 to earn he win, while Cropp (145-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:39 to give Geneseo the 30-28 lead.

Medina (152-lbs.) added to Geneseo’s lead with a 8-0 decision win, but Cole Hunzeker (160-lbs.) fell in a 6-2 decision to bring Sterling within three, 34-31 going into the final bout.

Pitra (170-lbs.) put the match away for the Leafs with a pin in 1:18.

“The pins are what did it for us at six points apiece that is huge,” said Murray. “That really made the big difference. It was tight at the end, and Pitra had to win, but he scored a pin for the explanation point.”

Geneseo vs. Alleman/


Alleman and Morrison were no match for host Geneseo Dec. 12 as the Leafs dominated the competition.

The Leafs started off with a 59-16 victory over Morrison as the wrestlers grabbed 11 wins in 14 matches.

Panicucci (285-lbs.) opened action with a :45 second pin of his opponent, which was followed by a 15-0 technical fall victory from Tumbarello (106-lbs.).

Warner (113-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:45, while Elliot Koster (120-lbs.) and Jacob DePauw (126-lbs.) received forfeits.

Bormann (132-lbs.) earned a 10-1 major decision victory, while Justin Cain (138-lbs.) received a forfeit.

Cropp (145-lbs.) quickly took care of his opponent with a pin in :58, while Hunzeker (152-lbs.) suffered an 8-0 major decision loss.

Pitra (160-lbs.) helped Geneseo rebound with a 6-0 decision win, followed by Gage Blackert (170-lbs.), who was pinned in 3:52.

Mizlo (182-lbs.) grabbed the win in his weight class by technical fall, 16-1, but Akre (195-lbs.) was pinned a match later in 1:23. Marmion (220-lbs.) capped the match off with a pin in :53.

The Leafs followed its Morrison win with a dominating win over Alleman, 63-5.

After Gunner Gaines (113-lbs.) received a forfeit, Grau (120-lbs.) gave Geneseo its first win over Alleman with a pin in 1:01.

Thies (126-lbs.) made quick work of his opponent as he pinned him in :37, while Cain (132-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:21.

Bruce (138-lbs.) nabbed another pin for the Leafs in 1:14, followed by Cropp (145-lbs.) with a pin in 2:54.

Hunzeker (152-lbs.) battled his opponent and earned a pin in 4:42, while Medina (160-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 3:40.

At 182-lbs., Mizlo prevailed with a 6-1 win over Connor Doak, while Akre (195-lbs.) received a forfeit.

“The highlight was Mizlo getting a convincing win over Alleman’s Doak,” said Murray. “He was able to win every position and score points from the top position. He is a competitor, loves competition and is up for the challenge. I really like his attitude.”

Marmion (220-lbs.) suffered a loss by technical fall, 17-4 in his match, and Nick Verbeck (285-lbs.) won by forfeit.

The Leafs will be back in action at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3 on the road against Streator.