Potter wrestlers busy at Joe Bee Memorial
- Morton was 10th Dec. 15 among 16 wrestling teams at the Joe Bee Memorial Tournament in Springfield.
Morton was 10th Dec. 15 among 16 wrestling teams at the Joe Bee Memorial Tournament in Springfield.
The Potters' 68 points, which included a runner-up finish from Joe Geiger, gave them the most among the three Mid-Illini Conference teams entered.
Canton was 14th with 52 points, while Pekin was last with 35.
Geiger (10-4) was second to Ryan Marlett of LaSalle-Peru in 195 pounds.
The Morton grappler got to the final with a pin in the quarterfinals, followed by a 4-3 decision.
Potter Kartal Bakirdan (8-10) won four of his five matches on the day to place fifth in the 160 bracket.
After a quarterfinal setback, Bakirdan prevailed in his final three bouts, including a 7-3 decision over Chatham Glenwood's J.D. Roesch.
Gabe Pleasants and Clay Cone both were sixth-place recipients for Morton.
Pleasants (9-2) won back-to-back matches in 138, one of which was by pin, after a quarterfinal loss.
Cone (11-5) pinned both of his wrestleback competitors to reach the fifth-place bout in 182.
Brandon Bland, Brock Kelley, Cliff Yerby, Reid Butler and Josh Diggs also won at least once for the Ed Henderson-coached Potters.
Cahokia, with 190.5 points, had a 27.5-point margin over second-place Springfield for the team championship.
Back in action: Morton returned to the mat Thursday morning in a four-team gathering at Rock Island Alleman, ending a 12-day break from competition.
Besides the Potters and host Pioneers, Morris and Sterling also will be present.