Geneseo’s wrestling team fell short against LaSalle-Peru but rebounded with four wins at the Springfield Quad.

Geneseo’s wrestling team fell short against LaSalle-Peru but rebounded with four wins at the Springfield Quad.

LaSalle-Peru at Geneseo

In a battle of the two undefeated Northern Ilinois Big 12 West Conference teams, the Cavaliers held on for a hard-fought 34-24 victory, on Jan. 4.

With points at a premium, Geneseo won 6-of-14 matches with a pair of pins.

“Every time you go through a battle like that, I think it makes you tougher,” Geneseo Coach Jon Murray said. “We have to make sure we learn from it and improve.”

The Maple Leafs’ Andrew Rizzo trailed starting the third period, but he turned the tied of the 138-pound match with a pin in 4:43 to get the home crowd on their feet.

“I definitely surprised myself,” Rizzo said. “I love matches like that. It got the crowd going. I ended up down, I looked at the scoreboard and I knew what I had to do, and I got the pin.”

Geneseo’s Josh Decker earned a 6-5 decision at 160-pounds.

With the bout scoreless entering the third period, a reversal allowed the Leafs’ Ethan McKelvain to earn a 2-0 decision at 195 pounds.

A late reversal kept the Leafs’ Joe Stohl (11-5) from earning a major decision at 220 pounds.

Geneseo’s Billy Blaser beat the clock for a pin in 5:47 at 285-pounds.

Murray believes Blaser has already added an element to his skill set.

“You put what he already had with a little bit more aggressiveness and you stepped it up another notch from where he was.”

The Leafs’ Clay DeBaillie came through with a clutch 4-2 win by decision at 113 pounds to draw Geneseo within striking distance late trailing 28-24.

Springfield Quad

The Maple Leafs cleaned up winning all four dual matches at Springfield High School, on Jan. 6.

Geneseo won 12-of-13 contested matches to defeat East Peoria, 56-5.

The Leafs’ Logan Tuggle opened the match with a 10-0 victory by major decision at 126-pounds.

Rizzo won with a pin at 138 pounds in 4:53, and Jack Morrell earned a victory by pin at 145 pounds in 1:43.

The Leafs’ Jayden Erdman won by major decision with a 13-4 victory at 152 pounds, and Decker won his match with a pin at 160 pounds.

Eli Allen won by major decision 8-0 at 182 pounds, and McKelvain added a 10-2 major decision at 195 pounds.

Stohl captured a 6-3 decision at 220, and Blaser won the 285-pound bout with a 3-0 decision.

Geneseo’s Liam Barlow nabbed a 10-6 win by decision at 106 pounds, and DeBaillie won the 113-pound match by decision.

The Leafs’ Luke Henkhaus earned a win major decision 19-9 at 120 pounds.

Against Peoria Notre Dame, Geneseo won 4-of-8 contested matches to take a 48-17 victory.

Augie Schmitt won a 6-0 decision at 132 pounds, and Erdman won the 152-pound match with a 10-4 decision.

Geneseo’s Heath Henderson won the 170-pound match with a pin in 1:18, and Barlow finished the 106-pound match with a first period pin in 53 seconds.

Against Triad, Geneseo won 5-of-10 matches for a 59-15 victory.

Tuggle won the 126-pound match by pin in 3:29, and Decker won the 160-pound match with a pin in 1:31.

McKelvain finished off a pin in 3:44 at 195 pounds, and Blaser won with a pin at 285 pounds in 49 seconds.

Geneseo’s Barlow nabbed a first-round pin at 106 pounds in 1:53.

Against host Springfield, Geneseo won 8-of-11 matches to defeat Springfield 61-13.

Henkhaus won with a pin at 120 pounds in 5:31, and Rizzo finished off a first-period pin in 19 seconds at 138 pounds.

The Leafs’ Morrell won the 145-pound match in 55 seconds, and Erdman won the 152-pound match in 3:50.

Decker finished the 160 match with a pin in 1:23, and Henderson tacked on a win by decision at 170 pounds.

Allen earned a 12-4 win by major decision at 182 pounds, and McKelvain won the 195-pound bout with a pin in 1:41.

The Maple Leafs will host the Geneseo Invitational on Friday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m.