Maple Leafs take down Panthers on the mats

Chris Steele
Antonio Tumbarello sizes up the competition during the Geneseo Triangular.

The Maple Leafs rattled off 11 victories in 13 contested bouts on their way to a 62-9 win over United Township.

Ethan Kennedy (145) opened the match with a win by decision 7-3 and Geneseo never trailed.

The Leafs’ Levi Warren (152) ended his match with a win by technical fall in 5:37, and Josiah Cropp (160) pinned his opponent in 4:12.

Cole Hunzeker (170) was a winner by decision 10-2 for Geneseo, and Zach Humphrey (182) won by technical fall in 4:32.

Geneseo’s Ryan Pitra (195) won his match with a second-period pin, and Lane Akre toppled his opposition in 53 seconds.

Antonio “Tumbo” Tumbarello (113) added another pin coming in 49 seconds.

Jon Warner (126) started a chain of Geneseo wins with a pin in 4:42.

Clayton Kennedy (132) kept Geneseo’s momentum going with a 14-4 decision, and Hunter Grau (138) rounded out the match with a pin in 5:42.

“For the most part, our lineup has fallen into place,” Murray said. “We had a few exceptions against UT – Justin Scott was out with a toe injury and Jon Warner was wrestling up a weight class – but for the most part we are looking good.”

Geneseo will play host to the Geneseo Invite with opening rounds, Friday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. The action will continue, Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

With top-tier teams in the field, the Maple Leafs are looking to hone their skills and see high level competition before they make their push toward championship season starting with the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference meet,

Jan. 24.