The Highland wrestling Bulldogs finished in fourth place out of 15 competing teams at Saturday’s Civic Memorial Holiday Wrestling Tournament.
Highland wrapped up with a team total of 129 points, which was ranked only behind team champion Mattoon (196), Vandalia (185.5) and Jacksonville (135).
Rounding out the 15-team field behind the Bulldogs were: Waterloo (121), Civic Memorial (115), Champaign Central (95), East St. Louis (88), Maplewood-Richmond Heights (86.5), Jerseyville (80.5), East Alton-Wood River (80), Centralia (76), Carlyle (71), Benton (65) and Civic Memorial JV (1).
Highland, which is coached by Terry Ohren, had eight wrestlers place in the top eight in their respective weight classes, led by a trio of grapplers who competed in their respective championship matches.
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Sophomore Devin Wills was Highland’s lone champion after capturing the title at 160 pounds. He was so dominant that he pinned all four of his foes in the first period, punctuated by needing just 67 seconds to stick Trevor Philpot of Vandalia in the title bout.
Securing runner-up finishes for the Bulldogs were sophomore Colton Brown at 126 pounds and senior Jacob Mitchell at 132 pounds.
Also placing in the top eight were: Caleb Machuca, fifth place at 120 pounds; Mason Geiger, fifth place at 145 pounds; Christian Zuccarelli, seventh place at 170 pounds; Gabriel Wiedle, seventh place at 195 pounds; and Brett Brown, seventh place at 220 pounds.
In addition to Mattoon winning the team championship, the Green Wave’s Trevor E dwards earned Oustanding Wrestler honors Saturday after defeating East Alton-Wood River’s Drew Sobol in the championship match at 113 pounds. Sobol was the defending Outstanding Wrestler from a year ago.
Highland hosts O’Fallon and Civic Memorial on at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 before traveling to compete at the Mascoutah Tournament on Dec. 16 and 17.