JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Shelbyville Ram wrestling put two more feathers in their cap on Thursday, hosting and defeating both Mattoon, 37-32, and Mt. Zion, 47-21.
Shelbyville ran their dual record to 18-4 with their sweep over two quality perennial programs. Shelbyville had seven of their wrestlers sweep the night, winning both of their matches.
Garrett Brachbill (24-2) won by a 2nd period pin and a 10-3 decision. Jarred Hicks (126) won by a 11-9 decision and a forfeit. Jared Finley won by 3rd period pin and a forfeit. Wyatt Fox (145/138) won by an big 11-4 decision and a close 3-2 decision.
Lucas Duckett (160/152) won by 1st period pin and by a narrow 4-2 decision. Mitchell Barna (195) won by major decision, 12-4, and a tech fall, 24-7. Elliott Smithson (220) won both matches by pins, a late 3rd period and a 1st period pin.
The Rams took eight of 14 matches from Mattoon in a close contest. The difference was the five pins the Rams won, as opposed to the one pin and two forfeits Mattoon won.
Freshman phenom Garrett Brachbill (113) pinned Overton in the 2nd period (3:20). Jared Finley (132), the Rams lone remaining state qualifier from last year, stuck Paul in the 2nd period (4:30). Adam Hudson (19-2), wrestling 152, also got a pin in 4:30, sticking Craig.
Lucas Duckett (21-5), wrestling 160, beat the clock by sticking Paige with just two seconds left in the 1st period (1:58). Elliott Smithson (220) got the other pin, also beating the clock, sticking Dyer with just three seconds left in the match.
Wyatt Fox (205), wrestling 145, rolled over Hillebeitel by an 11-4 major decision. Mitchell Barna (9-0) wrestled 195 and worked a major decision over Ruiz, 12-4. Jarred Hicks (126) then stepped up to get a win in a blow-for-blow battle with Juska, 11-9.
Shelbyville 37, Mattoon 32
106-Collings (M) def. Stirrett (S), 13-2
113-Brachbill (S) def. Overton (M) by pin 3:20
120-Busbes (M) def. Tinsman (S) by pin :37
126-Ja. Hicks (S) def. Juska (M), 11-9
132-Finley (S) def. Paul (M) by pin 4:30
138-Jones (M) win by FFT
145-Fox (S) def. Hillebeitel (M), 11-4
152-Hudson (S) def. Craig (M) by pin 4:30
160-Duckett (S) def. Paige (M) by pin 1:58
170-Polston (M) def. Jo. Hicks (S), 6-3
182-Rogers (M) def. Isaacs (S), 11-1
195-Barna (S) def. Ruiz (M), 12-4
220-Smithson (S) def. Dyer (M) by pin 5:57
Exhibition-Houska (S) def. Baker (M) by pin :41; Etcherson (M) def. Ulrich (S) by pin :40
Against Mt. Zion the Rams were dominant, taking 10 of the 14 matches. The Rams earned two pins and a tech fall to Mt. Zion's three pins and just one decision total. Shelby also had four decisions and three wins by forfeit.
Zack Stirrett (106) shut out Barrows, 5-0, and Brachbill (113) had a strong 10-3 win. Jarred Hicks and Finley earned forfeits and Shelby was up 18-6. Fox (138) got in a gut-check battle with Eckenrod, but prevailed, 3-2.
After 16 straight wins, Adam Hudson (20-3) took a loss to Coleman by pin with the match waning. Duckett (152) countered with a close 4-2 decision and Shelby was up 24-12. Jordan Johnston lost by pin and Josh Hicks lost another close match, 5-4.
Mt. Zion pulled to within 24-21, then the Rams won the top four weight classes to pull away big. After losing earlier in thenight, Zac Isaacs (182) earned a 1st period pin over Stroud (1:20). Barna then ran up the score on Birch in a tech fall, 24-7. Smithson got his second pin of the night, the only Ram to get two wins on the night. He stuck Merris in the 1st period (1:20). Andrew Mudgette (285) wrapped the Ram sweep with a forfeit.
Shelbyville 47, Mt. Zion 21
106-Stirrett (S) def. Barrows (MZ), 5-0
113-Brachbill (S) def. Talazac (MZ), 10-3
120-Mason (MZ) def. Tinsman (S) by pin 3:36
126-Ja Hicks (S) won by FFT
132-Finley (S) won by FFT
138-Fox (S) def. Eckenrod (MZ), 3-2
145-Coleman (MZ) def. Hudson (S) by pin 5:32
152-Duckett (S) def. Ludlow (MZ), 4-2
160-Morgan (MZ) def. Johnston (S) by pin 3:45
170-McQuality (MZ) def. Hicks (S), 5-4
182-Isaacs (S) def. Stroud (MZ) by pin 1:20
195-Barna (S) def. Birch (MZ) by tech fall, 24-7
220-Smithson (S) def. Merris (MZ) by pin 1:24
285-Mudgette (S) won by FFT