It’ll be a night in the spotlight Thursday for the Pekin wrestling team.
The Dragons and Mid-Illini Conference opponent Morton will battle it out under the spotlight in Custer-Stoudt Gym. First match will be at 5 p.m.
Pekin is 4-6. The record reported in a story in Wednesday’s paper was incorrect. The Dragons beat Mahomet-Seymour 38-36 Saturday. They did not lose that dual meet, as was reported.
BRACKET: The bracket for the 54th annual Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament was released Tuesday night.
In answer to everyone’s question, Pekin (3-6) will open against Lake Zurich (2-6) at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27 in Hawkins Gym.
Sixteen teams are the tournament field once again. They’ll compete Dec. 27-29 in Hawkins and Custer-Stoudt gyms, with the tournament championship game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29 in Hawkins Gym.
Each team is guaranteed four games.
The top four seeds are Moline, Morton, East Moline United Township and Springfield Lanphier.
The winner and loser of the Pekin-Lake Zurich game will face the winner and loser of the United Township vs. Freeport game at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 28.
Defending tournament champion Normal West will open against Chicago Mt. Carmel at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 27.
TUESDAY TROUBLES: The Pekin boys and girls basketball teams each lost Tuesday. The boys fell 52-37 on the road to Chatham Glenwood and the girls lost 43-39 at home to Mid-Illini rival Canton.
Pekin’s Patrick Torrey scored 11 points and Justin Taphorn had 10 against Chatham Glenwood (5-1), the only team to beat Morton (8-1) this season.
Torrey was the lone Pekin player who got to the foul line against Chatham Glenwood. He was 1-for-4 on free throws.
Pekin’s Taylor Goss tossed in 17 points in a losing cause against Canton, making four 3-point shots. Lauren Juergens added eight points for the Dragons.
ELSEWHERE: In other girls basketball games Tuesday, Illini Bluffs dominated Biggsville West Central 56-22 at the Knoxville tournament and Midwest Central beat Tremont 56-32.
Hannah Alvey scored 22 points for Illini Bluffs and Camryn Stafford had 11.
Megan Teal had 20 points for Midwest Central and Mady Harper added nine. The only Tremont player to score in double figures was Mo Aluyi with 10 points.
SWIMMING: The powerful Dunlap co-op boys swimming and diving team beat the visiting Pekin co-op 128-48 on Dec. 6.
“We knew going into the meet that we would be going against a very strong team,” said Pekin coach Christine Dunn. “Our mindset was to work on dropping our times. Most of our swimmers did. We have several novice swimmers who showed significant strides from the previous week.”
Alex Kula was the lone Pekin swimmer to win an event against Dunlap. He won the 500 freestyle in 5:12.44.
Pekin diver Jayson Presley couldn’t compete because of a school commitment.
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