M-S wrestlers make statement at Mascoutah Invitational

The Mahomet-Seymour wrestling team made a statement by winning the 48th Mascoutah Invitational championship last Saturday.

That statement is that M-S is the top team in the area and a force to be reckoned with statewide for the rest of the season.

The News-Gazette recently ranked M-S as the top team in the area. The Illinois Best Weekly has the Bulldogs ranked as one of the top six teams in the state in Class 2A.

"I was very proud of our team's effort put forth to earn the Mascoutah Invitational championship," M-S coach Rob Ledin said. "To win a tournament of that size and quality of competition is impressive."

To capture team honors in the 30-school tournament, the Bulldogs scored 200.5 points to defeat second-place finisher Collinsville (193.5) and third-place finisher O'Fallon (152).

A key ingredient for the team's success was scoring bonus points.

The Bulldogs earned falls (pins), technical falls and major decisions that accounted for 71.5 of the team's 200.5 total points.

The Bulldogs scored bonus points at 12 of 13 weight classes in which they competed.

The remainder of the points came from regular decisions, advancement and placement points.

"Many of the schools we outscored are 3A and others are our sectional competition for both individual and dual-team state berths," Ledin said.

David Griffet (285) pinned his way through the tournament and earned the Fastest Fall Award, registering a 10-second pin.

Although the Bulldogs led by 20 points going into the final round, the lead diminished to one point before Ben Stahl (220) sealed the team victory with his win by pin to take third place.

Griffet then added to the lead with his championship-bout fall.

Another key ingredient of winning the tournament for the Bulldogs occurred before the first match was wrestled.

"I was informed that Clayton Bell would have to sit out the tournament due to injury," Ledin said. "I asked both Wyatt Heimann and Jack Vaughn if they would be willing to wrestle at their certified lower weight to fill our lineup. Both agreed."

Wyatt Heimann, who certified at 170, dropped from his normal 182 spot, and Jack Vaughn who certified at 182, dropped from his 195 spot to help fill the void in the lineup.

Heimann placed fourth at 170, and Vaughn placed second at 182.

"It was key to our team's victory," Ledin said.

Other Bulldog finishers included David Spencer (138), who placed second, and Seth Buchanan (285), who entered as a junior varsity performer and placed fourth.

Lucas Morgan (160) placed fifth, Kyle Johnson (152) placed sixth and Caleb Grove (145) took eighth.

Bulldogs contributing to the team championship also included Noah Schnepper (113), Hayden Nelson (120), Chance Decker (126), Boden Freeman (132) and Lucas Hooper (195).

The Bulldogs are scheduled to host a quadrangular at the Fieldhouse at 5 p.m. today and a multi-dual meet at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Three days after Christmas, M-S is scheduled to enter the William "Red" Schmitt Tournament with a 9:30 a.m. start at Granite City High School on Dec. 28.

Categories (3):Prep Sports, Wrestling, Sports

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