Wise, McGuire have good debuts at rugged Lincoln Invitational
North Knox's Caleb Wise and Lincoln's Evan McGuire excelled at 145 pounds on Saturday, but the youthful county wrestling teams both struggled in the season-opening Lincoln Invitational at Alice Arena.
The Warriors went 2-3 and were second in their pool before losing both crossover matches. The Alices were 1-4, with three losses coming by fewer than 12 points. Terre Haute South was 5-0 to earn the invite championship.
North Knox lost its opener to Lawrenceville (Ill.), 35-34, but recovered to top Washington, 45-18, and Lincoln, 42-36. South popped the Warriors, 73-12, and Mount Carmel (Ill.) downed North Knox, 48-30.
Wise was 5-0 with five pins, including dealing McGuire his only loss despite falling behind in points. Ben Burke, heavyweight, was 3-0 with one pin; Beau Noland, 220, 4-1; Jacob Etmeier, 195, 4-1, two pins; Isaiah Mackey, 170, 3-2, two pins; and Gage French, 152, and Declan Alchin, 182, each notched two pins. Aubrey Smith (138), Hope Westfall (132), Jazzman Barnett (182), Issac Butcher (220) and Keaton Wade (heavyweight) all had one win. Madison Dolkey (113), Hailey Walls (132) and Austin Greubel (132) were winless.
“We started off with a bad showing against Lawrenceville. We seem to always have a close match with them. A two-point swing would have won us our bracket,” Warriors coach Tim Kirk said. “I knew we wouldn't win against South or Mount Carmel, and I was pleased we came so close against Mount Carmel.
“Our seniors (Wise and Burke) did a great job finishing undefeated, and it's noticeable how much Beau and Aubrey have improved. The standouts were Madison, Isaiah and Jacob. Those three wrestled well, and Madison's record doesn't do her justice with how well she did.”
The Alices doubled up the Hatchets, 48-24, but fell to Lawrenceville, 42-30; North Knox, 42-36; Olney (Ill.), 42-36; and Princeton, 67-9.
McGuire was 4-1 for the Alices, as were Daxx Weist (132) and Colton Halter (138). Elize Durosier (126) and Jacob Heuby (182) won two matches, and Sierra Mullins (106), Ashlyn Hudanich (113) and Jon Bynes (170) had one win. Nate Harris (120) helped the Alices with his presence, earning the team five forfeit victories.
“It's a starting point. As long as we have the attitude to come in each week, work hard and try to get better, things are going to improve,” Lincoln coach Matt Collins said. “It's not the opener we hoped for, but we were competitive in three of the losses, which came down to a match or two. That's a positive. But we didn't have a whole lot of chances, and the ones we did have, we wasted them. We're taking too many pins. That's a big problem, and we have a lot of things we can improve.
“McGuire is a kid who can have a good season, and he may eventually drop to 138. He missed the last two years after a promising freshman season, but he's picking up where he left off. He had a good day, and 145 is not an easy weight class.”
Next Saturday the Alices compete in the Castle Invitational at 9 a.m., while North Knox hosts the Warrior Invitational at 8:30 a.m.