John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — The 5th-ranked Wrestling Rams had a goal to win the Cumberland Skull and Crossbones tournament on Saturday. They didn’t just win, the dominated, claiming the championship over the other 13 teams by 84 points.
Shelbyville racked up 247.5 points, leaving 2nd place Benton in the dust with 163 points and Cumberland in 3rd (132.5). Decatur Eisenhower crowded Cumberland in 4th (132.5), followed by 10 more also-rans.
The Rams boasted six individual champions out of 14 weight classes. They also had a 2nd place, three 3rds and a 5th. Eleven of the 13 Rams that wrestled placed.
Zack Stirrett (106), ranked 8th in the state, rolled to a championship by pinning his first two opponents (4:29, 3:44), then shutting out the #1 seed, Oliver Davis of Benton, 3-0.
First-year wrestler Lyle Jefson (113) placed 3rd. He won his first match by fall (2:20), then lost by fall. Jefson went to the 3rd place match and stuck Kenny Craig of Teldo in the 1st period (1:03).
Trevor Brown (120) placed 3rd. He opened with a major decision, dominating 15-1. After a loss in the semi, he shut out his 3rd place match foe, Preston Lindsay of Benton, 7-0.
Garrett Brachbill (126), ranked 8th in the state, rolled to a championship. He started with a pin (3:17), followed by a major decision (16-5). He won the championship match by a default injury over Lee Welch of Mount Olive.
Jarred Hicks, ranked 12th in the state, stumbled early, but wrestled back for 5th place. He got caught in the first match and pinned. He went to wrestlebacks and won three straight matches. He won, 13-6, then won by a pin (3:01). The 5th place match, he beat Tanner Leith, 8-3.
Jared Finley (138), ranked 4th in the state, won a championship. He won his first two matches by pin (1:26, 2:50). Blaine Yocum of Cumberland had been on a role knocking off a higher seeds. But in the title match, Finley ran up a major decision for the title, 13-5.
Wyatt Fox (145), ranked 6th in the state, placed 3rd. He opened with a decision, 11-5, then took a disappointing loss in the semi to an unranked wrestler, Daniel Krug of Benton, 7-0. Fox won the 3rd place match over Austin Shelton of Fithian in a close decision, 4-2.
Adam Hudson (152), ranked 5th in the state and seeded #1, won the championship by sticking Shon Calvert of Mount Olive just 20 seconds into the 3rd period (4:20). He opened the tourney with a tech fall (4:00), followed by a close decision over Beau Taylor of Mt. Carmel, 5-3
Former Bantam State Champ Lucas Duckett (170), ranked 3rd in the state, was the #1 seed and it was never in jeopardy. Duckett recorded three straight pins to win the title.
He stuck Nathan Chase of Effingham in the 1st period (1:41). He then stuck Quentin Pillsbury of Olney, beating the clock in the 2nd period (3:54). In the championship match Duckett stuck Kurtis Owens of Mt. Olive in the 2nd period (3:23).
Second-year wrestler Caleb Cloe (182) stepped up to claim 2nd place. He opened with an 8-1 decision, then knocked off Justin Fyffe of Mt. Olive by sticking him in the 1st period (1:22). He faced Lucian Hicks of Harrisburg in the title match, but lost by fall in the 2nd period.
Senior Elliott Smithson (220), ranked 8th in the state, was seeded 2nd, but beat the seed and claimed the championship. Like Duckett, Smithson domainted, recording three straight pins for the crown.
Smithson stuck Kody Cohen of Cumberland in the 3rd period (4:43). He then stuck Ali Allen of Casey-Westfield/Cumberland in the 3nd period (4:36). He got to the title match against the #1 seed Devon Sievenking of Benton and stuck him as the 1st period was winding down (1:49) for the championship.
Noah Applegate (195), giving away 20 pounds, won his first match by a tech fall in 4:00. He then lost by fall, but then won in wrestlebacks, beating Brett Hodges of Effingham with a 3rd period pin (5:21), before bowing out.
Ben Houska (160) won his first match over Jonas Arnberg of St. Anthony by a 1st period pin (1:16). He lost by a pin (1:16), then lost out in wrestlebacks by fall (1:54).
Heavyweight Andrew Mudgette was held out of the tourney nursing an injury and saving him for the Super Duals after Christmas. Matt Tinsman (113), also out due to injury, is also expected back for the Super Duals.
Cumberland Skull & Crossbones
Team scores: 1. Shelbyville 247.5, 2. Benton 163, 3. Cumberland 134, 4. Eisenhower 132.5, 5. Mt. Olive 118, 6. Olney 113, 7. Lawrenceville 112, 8. Fithian Oakwood 108.5, 9. Harrisburg 104.5, 10. Carmi 75, 11. Effingham 66, 12. Mt. Carmel 62, 13. Carlyle 42, 14. Carterville
106-1st Stirrett def. Aaron Woods (MTC) by fall 2:20; def. Noah Eggleston (OLN) by fall 3:44; def. Oliver Davis (BEN), 3-0 for title
113-3rd Jefson def. Dalton Hilligoss (DEH) by fall (2:32); lost to Kenny Raigner (CWC) by fall 2:47; def. Kenny Craig (TOL) by fall 1:03 for 3rd
120-3rd Brown def. Payton Hallis (BEN) by maj. dec., 15-1; lost to Darren O’Dell (HAR) by tech fall 4:00; def. Preston Lindsey (DEH), 7-0 for 3rd
126-1st Brachbill def. Tyler Sullivan (HAR) by fall 3:17; def. Konnir Hinz (TOL) by maj. dec., 16-5; def. Lee Welch (MTO) by dflt inj for title
132-5th Hicks lost to Leif Curtis (LAW) by fall 3:17; def. Logan Johnson (MTC), 13-6; def. Christian Purcell (CWC) by fall 3:01; def. Tanner Leith (CAL), 8-3 for 5th
138-1st Finley def. Logan Pruitt (CAL) by fall 1:26; def. Tristan Davis (LAW) by fall 2:20; def. Blaine Yocum (TOL) by maj. dec., 13-5 for title
145-3rd Fox def. Austin Lowry (HAR), 11-5; lost to Daniel Krug (BEN), 7-0; def. Austin Shelton (FIT), 4-2 for 3rd
152-1st Hudson def. Jeff Beasley (EFF) by tech fall 4:00; def. Beau Taylor (MTC), 5-3; def. Shon Calvert (MTO) by fall (4:20) for title
160-Houska def. def. Jonas Arnberg (EST) by fall 1;16; lost to Tim Sturm (OLN) by fall 5:12; lost to Hunter Harrison (FIT) by fall 1:14
170-1st Duckett def. Nathan Case (EFF) by fall 1:41; def. Quentin Pillsbury (OLN) by fall 3:54; def. Kurtis Owens (MTO) by fall 3:23
182-2nd Cloe def. Codi Cross (CWC) , 8-1; def. Justin Fyffe (MTO) by fall 1:22; lost to Lucian Hicks (HAR) by fall 2:48 for 2nd
195-Applegate def. Michael Stevens (EST) by tech fall 4:58; lost to Mitch Meek (LAW) by fall (:19); def. Brett Hodges (EFF) by fall 5:21; lost to Tim Hancock (MTO)
220-1st Smithson def. Kody Cohen (TOL) by fall 4:43; def. Ali Allen (CWC) by fall 4:36; def. Devon Sievenking (BEN) by fall 1:49 for title