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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Potter wrestlers busy at Joe Bee Memorial

  • Morton was 10th Dec. 15 among 16 wrestling teams at the Joe Bee Memorial Tournament in Springfield.
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  • 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.
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