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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Wrestlers edged by PV, defeat UT Panthers

  • The Geneseo wrestlers were busy this past week as the Leafs nabbed five wins and only suffered one loss.
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  • The Geneseo wrestlers were busy this past week as the Leafs nabbed five wins and only suffered one loss.
    Geneseo vs. PV and UT
    The Leafs went 1-1 in action Jan. 8 against UT and Pleasant Valley.
    With a pin of Geneseo’s Brandon Mizlo in the final bout of the PV/Geneseo match, PV was able to steal the victory from the Leafs, 31-29. Mizlo (170-pounds) was pinned in 5 minutes and 54 seconds.
    “We were wrestling really well up until that point,” said head coach Jon Murray. “It came down to just one little mistake that got us caught on our back. It hurts to lose, but, overall, we wrestled well. That is just the nature of sports.”
    Mitch Miller (182-lbs.) started the match off with a 4-3 decision win in overtime, but in the next match Lane Akre (195-lbs.) fell in a 14-4 major decision.
    “That was tough to get right back in there and be able to come back after having his arm get hurt and get through it,” said Murray. “I was proud of him for that and he showed he is starting to get his cardio back and hopefully starting to get on track (after missing the first part of the season).”
    Cameron Panicucci (220-lbs.) claimed a 4-2 decision win, followed by Nick Verbeck (285-lbs.) escaping with a 2-1 decision win.
    Antonio Tumbarello (106-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:30, Jon Warner (113-lbs.) earned a pin in 1:20, and Hunter Grau (120-lbs.) won by major decision, 11-1 to extend the Leafs’ lead.
    Clayton Kennedy (126-lbs.) was defeated by technical fall, 15-0, while Cody Bormann (132-lbs.) was pinned in 2:20.
    Jarred Bruce (138-lbs.) suffered an 8-3 loss, while Josiah Cropp (145-lbs.) captured the win by major decision, 9-1.
    Cole Hunzeker (152-lbs.) fell in a 6-1 decision, and Ryan Pitra (160-lbs.) was defeated in a 13-3 major decision to end the match.
    Geneseo was able to bounce back in its second match of the night to defeat UT, 64-14.
    “They did well and we told them between matches that they have to put the past behind them,” said Murray. “They battled being tired, hungry and a loss. I was proud they were able to do that even under tough circumstances.”
    Akre (195-lbs.) started the Leafs off with a pin in 3:23, but in the next bout Panicucci (220-lbs.) fell in a 7-0 decision.
    Verbeck (285-lbs.) notched another win for the Leafs as he pinned his opponent in 3:51, while in the following match, Tumbarello (106-lbs.) was defeated in a 13-3 major decision.
    Warner (113-lbs.) lost his match in a 5-3 decision, while Grau (120-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 3:21.
    Page 2 of 3 - Tristan Thies (126-lbs.) received a forfeit, and Josh Dodge (132-lbs.) nab a win by pin in 4:46.
    Bruce (138-lbs.) also received a forfeit, which was followed by a Cropp (145-lbs.) pin in :51.
    Hunzeker (152-lbs.) suffered a 13-2 major decision loss, while Pitra (160-lbs.), Mizlo (170-lbs.) and Miller (182-lbs.), all received forfeits to finish the match.
    Geneseo vs. L-P, Bloom and Normal
    Geneseo dominated the competition over the weekend as the Leafs defeated LaSalle-Peru, 50-16; Normal Community, 84-0 and Bloom Township, 61-6 Jan. 5.
    “I felt great about Saturday,” said Murray. “My favorite part was our guys showed a lot of mental toughness. Bloom had some tough and physical kids who came out after you from the start, but our guys wouldn’t back down.
    “I think every time you are in a situation like this you get a little mentally tougher each time. You never know what will happen and you have to find something inside of you to fight through. I was happy with them.”
    Against L-P, the Leafs received pins from Pitra (160-lbs.) in 3:51; Tumbarello (106-lbs.), :21; Warner (113-lbs.), 4:00; Grau (120-lbs.), 2:39; Kennedy (126-lbs.), 1:35; and Joey Medina (152-lbs.), 4:52.
    Also receiving wins were Bruce (138-lbs.), 3-0 decision; Cropp (145-lbs.), 7-1 decision; Mizlo (170-lbs.), 12-2 major decision; and Miller (182-lbs.), 17-4 major decision.
    Those falling short were Bormann (132-lbs.), 6-0 decision; Akre (195-lbs.), 14-1 major decision; Panicucci (220-lbs.), 3-1 decision; and Verbeck (285-lbs.), pin in 2:38.
    In the match with Normal, Geneseo posted pins in 11 matches from Tumbarello, 1:32; Warner, 3:04; Kennedy, 3:15; Bormann, 2:41; Bruce, 1:15; Cropp, 3:24; Mizlo, 3:27; Miller, 5:50; Akre, 1:35; Panicucci, :54; and Verbeck, 1:22.
    Receiving forfeits were Medina and Pitra, and Grau won by injury default.
    Against Bloom, wins were picked up by Tumbarello, 6-4 decision; Warner, forfeit; Grau, 12-2 major decision; Kennedy, pin in 5:04; Bormann, pin in 5:34; Bruce, pin in :27; Cropp, forfeit; Medina, pin in 2:39; Pitra, pin in 4:19; Mizlo, forfeit; Akre, 0-6 decision; and Panicucci, 3-2 decision.
    Receiving losses were Miller, 7-6 decision and Verbeck, 8-1 decision.
    Geneseo vs. Streator
    The Leafs opened 2013 with a convincing 48-18 win over host Streator Jan. 3.
    “I didn’t feel threatened as far as the team score, and there were some individuals who had some good matches,” said Murray. “But there were some challenges for sure.”
    Hunzeker (160-lbs.) got Geneseo started off with a pin in 4:56, followed by Pitra (170-lbs.) who earned a 5-2 decision win.
    Miller (182-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 2:31, while Akre (195-lbs.) fell in a 10-4 decision. Panicucci (220-lbs.) suffered an 8-3 decision loss, and Verbeck (285-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 2:17.
    Tumbarello (106-lbs.) received a forfeit in his match, and Warner (113-lbs.) and Grau (120-lbs.) both pinned their opponents— Warner in 1:31 and Grau in :25.
    Page 3 of 3 - Kennedy (126-lbs.) was pinned in his match up in :21, while Bormann fell in a 5-0 decision.
    Dodge (138-lbs.) received a decision win, but no score was available, while Cropp (145-lbs.) made quick work of his opponent with a pin in :37, and Medina (152-lbs.) was defeated in a 6-1 decision.
    “I think we are finally settled into where we need to be, and we have everyone at the right weight class,” said Murray. “We just need to keep everyone healthy.
    “Depth is one of the greatest things this year. We have the depth to be able to lose somebody and have another competitive wrestler step in.”
    The Leafs will be in action at home this weekend in the Geneseo Invitational today at 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. Jan. 12.
    “(The Geneseo Invitational) is going to big and exciting (with the additions of teams like Bettendorf, North Scott and Pleasant Valley),” said Murray. “I want to see our guys expect to win every time they step out there. It is a mental challenge, and I don’t want to see anyone back down because of what they are up against.”
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