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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Wrestling: Harrisburg falls in first match of season

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  • The Harrisburg High School wrestling team took to the mats for the first time this year, suffering a 48-21 loss at Murphysboro Thursday night.
    The Bulldogs had five wrestlers come away with wins as Derek Rivers (120 pounds) pinned Tucker Landewee at the 3:28 mark in the second period.
    Darren O’Dell (126 pounds) won via forfeit, while Austin Lowry (145 pounds) got the 7-0 decision over Jordan Landewee.
    Tyler Owens (220 pounds) won in a 8-7 decision over Alex Garsky and at 285 pounds, McKenzie Alvy got the 2-0 decision over Logan Roe.
    Tyler Sullivan (132 pounds) was pinned by Dylan Chambers at the 3:05 mark in the second period, while Ryan Ragsdale (138 pounds) lost out on the 15-6 major decision to Bivens.
    Cody Rightnowar (152 pounds) lost out on the 12-2 major decision against Daniel Bowen and in the 160 pound weight class, Derek Hawkins was pinned by Brock Barnes at the 2:35 mark in the second period.
    Lucian Hicks (182 pounds) was pinned by Austin Biggs at 57 seconds in the first period and Cole Adams (195 pounds) lost out on the 10-2 major decision against Drew Hopkins.
    The Harrisburg junior varsity team managed a 15-12 win over Murphysboro, wrestling just five matches.
    Harrisburg head coach Greg Langley noted that his club gave up 18 points off the bat due to forfeits, but added that on the first time out, there was plenty of rust that needed to be dusted off.
    “I don’t think our conditioning is where it needs to be. We had a couple of guys that gassed out in the third period. Those kind of things are expected the first couple of matches out. What hurt us was giving up those 18 points to forfeits. It’s always tough to overcome 18-0 right off the bat. I think it was good to see that even though we lost some matches that were decisions or major decisions, we have a good nucleus of kids that I believe will get better.”
    Harrisburg is back in action Saturday in Benton.

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