Solid contributions across the board helped Robinson High School's wrestling team to a third-place finish at the Lawrence County Tournament Saturday (Dec. 2).
"To say that we had a lot of fun Saturday at Lawrenceville would be an understatement," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "It has been a long time since RHS Wrestling has brought home a trophy from a tournament and I really did not think that this would be the year, but the kids really came through as a team."
The Maroons recorded five third-place finishes and a pair of fourth-place efforts on their way to scoring 147 points, which placed them behind only Mt. Carmel, who won with 197 and Olney, who finished second with 157. Rounding out the 10-team field were Harrisburg (143), Lawrenceville (123), Anna-Jonesboro (100), Herrin (87), Carterville (77.5), Fairfield (67) and Carmi (56).
Finishing in third, all with 3-1 records on the day were Jordan Caballero at 106, Landon Shonk at 113, Elliott Stifle at 120, Jeff Hermann at 138 and Grayson Wolf at 182.
Meanwhile, finishing fourth with a 3-2 record was Nick Eby at 160, while Alex Hermann finished fourth at 145 with a 2-2 mark.
"The five third place finishers are kids that we are coming to expect big things from," Cunningham said. "We thought that Alex might have finished a bit higher this year after finishing second in last year's tournament, but he ran into a pretty tough bracket. Nick just keeps on putting out solid performances at 160."
Robinson also had several wrestlers that didn't place but won matches, as Myles Land went 2-2 at 285, while Tanis Lake (126), Nick Rice (132), J.D. Caballero (152), Roger Cornwell (170) and Fernando Zuniga (195) all went 1-2 in their respective weight classes.
The Maroons also had quite a few wrestlers compete as individuals and a lot of them picked up wins, including Alex Douglas, who went 3-2 at 170, along with Ethan Zakowski (106), Cedric Johnson (113), Rusty Littlejohn (120), Bryan Dillery (160), Alan Wiseman (160), Mikey Russell (170) and Dalton Davis (285) with a win apiece.
"I want to publicly thank Lawrenceville coach Sam Hyre for allowing all of the JV Kids to participate Saturday," Cunningham said. "All of our JV kids wrestled very well today and that was very satisfying because it speaks well for our future. I am so proud of the JV wrestlers on our team".
106 - Jordan Caballero (R) dec. by Greg Pierson (X) 7-2; pinned Trevor Bower (X) 1:47; pinned Ethan Zakowski (R) :38; dec. Amiyah Hart (AJ) 7-2 (3rd place); Ethan Zakowski (R) pinned by Landon Sprowls (HE) 3:28; pinned Otis Lurz (FF) 3:19; pinned by Jordan Caballero (R) :38.
113 - Landon Shonk (R) pinned John Michael Ligon (X) :51; dec. by Dylan Ritter (O) 4-2; pinned Cedric Johnson (R) 1:13; pinned David Kester (AJ) 1:11 (3rd place); Cedric Johnson (R) pinned by Cade Keepes (MC) 1:19; pinned Dalton Emery (HE) 5:13; pinned by Landon Shonk (R) 1:13.
120 - Elliott Stifle (R) pinned Rusty Littlejohn (R) 2:13; pinned by Landon Hicks (HA) 3:05; pinned Drew Walters (O) 1:53; major dec. Lane Harvey (FF) 15-3 (3rd place); Rusty Littlejohn (R) pinned by Elliott Stifle (R) 2:13; pinned Autumn Millis (X) 3:36; pinned by Jay Tellor (AJ) :32; Gavin Butler (R) pinned Autumn Millis (X) 1:13; pinned by Chevvy Wood (MC) :46; pinned by Drew Walters (O) 3:00.
126 - Tanis Lake (R) won via injury default over Catie Mays (AJ); pinned by Reese Britton (O) 1:12; pinned by Drake Roach (X) :57.
132 - Nick Rice (R) major dec. by Clay Critchfield (MC) 8-0; dec. Lathan Chisolm (L) 6-4 OT; dec. by Joe Ellis (CART) 8-5.
138 - Jeff Hermann (R) pinned Jonas Burckhartt (X) 1:24; dec. by Braydon Berberich (MC) 12-6; dec. Nate Critchfield (MC) 7-6; pinned Matt Jones (CART) 3:47 (3rd place).
145 - Alex Hermann (R) pinned Kayden Suddarth (FF) 1:06; pinned by Ean Pottorff (O) 1:54; pinned Josh Howard (CARMI) :18; tech. fall by Caleb Ward (CART) 3:30 (4th place).
152 - J.D. Caballero (R) pinned Cody Inabnit (CARMI) 5:57; tech. fall by Arieh Hart (AJ) 20-3; pinned by Jace Hahs (HER) 5:24; Gunner Maxwell (R) pinned by Tryston Bettis (FF) 1:04; pinned by Jace Hahs (HER) 1:49.
160 - Nick Eby (R) pinned by Bailey Hicks (CART) 4:53; pinned Alan Wiseman (R) :45; pinned Bryan Dillery (R) 3:49; major dec. Sebastian Rowe (MC) 10-0; dec. by Jimmy Hicks (HAR) 6-0 (4th place); Bryan Dillery (R) pinned Nick Fitch (L) 4:30; pinned by Eric Hosmon (HER) 4:21; pinned by Nick Eby (R) 3:49; Alan Wiseman (R) major dec. Justice Kostal (AJ) 16-5; pinned by Levi Seitzinger (O) 1:28; pinned by Nick Eby (R) :45.
170 - Roger Cornwell (R) pinned by Wyatt Weinbrecht (CARMI) 1:03; pinned Mikkel Brandtberg (X) 1:10; pinned by Alex King (FF) :49; Alex Douglas (R) pinned Mikkel Brandtberg (X) 3:51; pinned by Jesse Cancino (L) :36; pinned Chase Vaugh (CARMI) 1:30; pinned Dayton Abrams (X) 2:45; pinned by Wyatt Weinbrecht (CARMI) 1:08; Mikey Russell (R) dec. Chase Vaugh (CARMI) 9-8; pinned by Hunter Summitt (O) :30; pinned by Mikkel Brandtberg (X) :51.
182 - Grayson Wolf (R) pinned Cody Nausley (CARMI) 1:32; pinned by Clayton Smith (L) 4:23; pinned Nick Sanders (AJ) 2:47; pinned Bryan Lychowski (X) :47 (3rd place).
195 - Fernando Zuniga (R) pinned Jarrett Wolaver (HER) 1:37; pinned by Kyle Beasley (O) :44; pinned by Tucker Bryant (HAR) 3:36.
285 - Myles Land (R) pinned Sean McNeill (X) 1:32; pinned Skyler Sutton (O) 4:39; dec. by Frank Mannie (HER) 8-3; pinned by Garrett Fabec (AJ) :42; Dalton Davis (R) pinned by Nolan Tewell (L) :34; pinned Sean McNeill (X) 1:05; pinned by Garrett Fabec (AJ) 5:57; Jaime Escobedo (R) pinned by Garrett Fabec (AJ) :45; pinned by Alex Johnson (HAR) 2:25; Cory Woods (R) pinned by Alex Johnson (HAR) :44; pinned by Garrett Fabec (AJ) 1:02.