Potters push aside Pekin
- With a series of wins in the first nine weights Jan. 3, the Morton wrestling team earned a convincing victory at Pekin.
With a series of wins in the first nine weights Jan. 3, the Morton wrestling team earned a convincing victory at Pekin.
The Potters evened their Mid-Illini Conference record at 2-2 by blasting the Dragons, 48-20.
Following Morton forfeit wins granted to Jace Glascock and Zach Bonham, in 113 and 120 pounds, respectively, Cliff Yerby (126) and Brock Kelley (132) followed with second-period pins.
Up 24-4, Gabe Pleasants (145) and Trace Cooper (152) added to the Potter advantage with back-to-back pins in less than two minutes.
Kartal Bakirdan of Morton squeaked out a 3-1 decision in the 160 class before Joe Geiger stopped Pekin's brief momentum with a 7-3 win in the 195 division.
The last Potter victory was a Josh Diggs pin at the 3:15 mark in 285.
There was a double forfeit in 106.
Morton closes out its M-I dual schedule Jan. 17 with a triangular in Bartonville against Limestone and Canton.
The Potters were 12th with 40.5 points in their 46th annual invitational Saturday.
Geiger (15-7) guided Morton with a third-place award in 195 pounds.
He won his quarterfinal match, 6-2, then recovered from a semifinal defeat to top Correy Schultz of Pekin in a 10-1 major decision for third.
Pleasants (15-5) won his last two bouts in 138, including a pin of Crete-Monee's Calvin Smith at the 3:54 mark to decide fifth place.
Potter wrestlers Yerby (10-13) and Cone (18-8) placed sixth in 126 and 182, respectively.
Others who won matches on the day for Morton included: Glascock, Kelley, Damon Munoz and Josh Diggs.
Alton had seven titles to cruise to the team championship with 235.5 points.
Runner-up Taylorville was one of four new teams in the field.
Normal West, Notre Dame and Limestone also were additions on the tournament's list of scoring teams.
Pekin, which also lost to Limestone in a conference dual, finished ahead of the Rockets and Morton in the invitational.