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Bulldog grapplers post one first, three seconds

Highland junior Colton Brown scores a nearfall over Carlyle’s Mason Lucas before pinning him at the 3:04 mark of their 126-pound match at HHS on Monday, Jan. 22. Brown went on to finish first at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Duals Saturday at Jerseyville.
Highland junior Colton Brown scores a nearfall over Carlyle’s Mason Lucas before pinning him at the 3:04 mark of their 126-pound match at HHS on Monday, Jan. 22. Brown went on to finish first at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Duals Saturday at Jerseyville. dfussner@bnd.com

The Highland High wrestling team went 1-4 to finish fifth out of six teams at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Duals Saturday at Jerseyville. However, the results were much more positive on the individual side for the Bulldogs.

While Highland struggled as a team, Triad went 5-0 to win the MVC Super Duals for the 12th consecutive year.

Highland’s only win came in 46-24 victory over Waterloo. HHS four losses came by the following final scores: 58-18 to Jerseyville, 39-37 to Civic Memorial, 41-37 to Mascoutah and 50-23 to Triad.

Highland, which competes at the IHSA Class 2A Mascoutah Sectional on Saturday, had Colton Brown capture first place at 120 pounds while three other wrestlers pounded out second-place finishes.

At 120 pounds, Brown went 4-1 and tied two other grapplers, but Brown won the tiebreaker with a major decision. He collected three pins, with his fastest one coming in 45 seconds over CM’s Jimmy Franklin in 45 seconds. Brown also scored falls over Triad’s Brian Byrd in 2:35 and over Kellen Williams of Jerseyville in 4:56.

Brown’s major decision came on an 11-0 drubbing of Nick Norwood of Mascoutah while his lone loss came on a 7-3 decision to Bryce Kirk of Waterloo.

Devin Wills (160 pounds), Alex Reed (182 pounds) and Christian Zuccarelli (170 pounds) all shared team honors for best finishes after all four of them went 4-1 and placed second in their respective weight class.

At 160 pounds, Wills earned one pin, one tech fall, one minor decision and one forfeit. His quickest pin came in 29 seconds when he smothered Waterloo’s Cole Glowacks. Wills scored a resounding 17-0 tech fall over Nick King of Triad. He also hammered out a 3-1 decision over Civic Memorial’s Briley Christeson and received a forfeit against Mascoutah.

Wills’ only defeat came via a pin by Jerseyville’s Zeke Waltz.

At 182 pounds, Reed logged three pins and one minor decision. He pinned Waterloo’s Michael Aubuchon in 1:53, Mascoutah’s Justin Haas in 2:27 and Hunter Thorton in 3:47. Reed’s minor decision came on a 8-7 victory over Chris Jackson of Jerseyville.

Reed’s only setback was a getting pinned by Triad’s Kaleb Port.

At 170 pounds, Zuccarelli earned two pins, one tech fall and one minor decision. Zuccarelli’s pins came over Waterloo’s Evan Fink in 1:24 and over Mascoutah’s Tanner Brannum in 2:27. He scored a 19-4 tech fall over CM’s Vinny Cafazza and his minor decision was by a 6-2 margin over Branyn Staples of Jerseyville.

Zuccarelli’s only loss came on a tech fall courtesy of Aric Crehan of Triad.

In addition for Highland, Tanner Burke went 3-2 with three pins to finish in third place at 138 pounds, while Caleb Machuca (126 pounds), Bryce Kirsch (132 pounds) and Tyler Langendorf (285 pounds) all went 2-3 and finished fourth in their respective weight class.

Highland 54, Carlyle 24

The Bulldogs were rude hosts in their only home match of the season on Monday, Jan. 22. Highland quickly dispatched a shorthanded visiting Carlyle squad in just 23 minutes.

The Indians only fielded wrestlers in eight of the total 14 weight classes. Highland received more than half of its points — 30 — on five forfeits.

Only six of the 14 total weight classes actually competed on the mat, as Carlyle received two forfeits, and both teams double forfeited at 120 pounds.

All six of the matches decided on the mat ended in pinfall, with Highland winning four of them.

The Bulldogs’ quickest pin came at 160 pounds, where Wills smothered Trevor Everhart in a scant 46 seconds.

Isaac Winter also earned a first-period pin at 195 pounds after sticking Ethan Foutch in 1:24.

At 126 pounds, Brown covered up Mason Lucas at the 3:04 mark of the match.

Also for Highland, Alex Reed trailed Bryce Marlo 5-0 through two periods before Reed scored a takedown and pinned Marlo 38 seconds into the final period.

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