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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • East Peoria wrestlers excel in first week

  • East Peoria won eight of the last 11 wrestling matches Nov. 27 to begin its season with a victory.

    The Raiders dispatched Normal West, 40-26, in a non-conference contest at Allison Gymnasium.
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  • East Peoria won eight of the last 11 wrestling matches Nov. 27 to begin its season with a victory.
    The Raiders dispatched Normal West, 40-26, in a non-conference contest at Allison Gymnasium.
    Kade McDonald and Lucas Joseph recorded back-to-back pins in 220 and 285 pounds, respectively, after East Peoria trailed 13-0.
    After a pair of losses in the two lightest weights, the Raiders went ahead to stay with four consecutive wins from 120 through 138.
    Austin Harper (120) and Casey McWhirter (132) claimed decisions, while Shanen Pitzer and Wolfgang Nelson received forfeits.
    Drew Foster clinched the win for East Peoria with a third-period pin in 152.
    In the final match of the night, Tony Hall produced a 14-5 major decision for the Raiders.
    EP 57, Canton 24; EP 44, Pekin 28
    The Raiders started off the Mid-Illini Conference season Friday with two wins.
    Nick Spokely (106), Zach Hogan (113), Harper (120), Foster (152) and Joseph (220/285) all earned two victories apiece.
    Hogan had a pair of pins. Spokely, Harper, Foster and Joseph all registered one pin.
    East Peoria received five forfeits against the Little Giants and two vs. host Pekin. Harper, Joseph and Foster were in that group.
    Pitzer, Nelson, Clarence Gomez, Evan Betz and McDonald added wins in the bout with Canton.
    Ethan Skalla, Tony Hall and Justin Doty were victorious vs. the Dragons.
    Titan Invitational
    East Peoria finished fifth Saturday in Chatham.
    In a 12-team field, eight Raiders placed in the top six as the boys accumulated 145 points.
    McDonald was the 195 champion. He completed his title run with a 14-4 major decision against Nick Courtney of Chatham Glenwood.
    Joseph rose to the top spot in 220. He also capped his day with a major decision in the final, 17-6.
    In a six-wrestler bracket in 106, Spokely went straight to the semifinals, where he won, 9-0, vs. Springfield Southeast's Daron Fanniel, as part of a runner-up standing.
    Hogan and Harper both landed in third place in 113 and 120, respectively.
    Hogan secured third with a pin of O'Fallon's Alex McLaughlin at 3:03.
    Harper posted a 7-6 decision over Mascoutah's TJ Stephenson to complete his medal journey.
    Foster won his last three matches, including a pin of 152 foe Charlie Hunter of Collinsville, to wind up fifth.
    Hall achieved the same feat in 160. He dusted Keenan Chapai to collect fifth-place status.
    East Peoria's Gomez split four 170 contests to take sixth.
    O'Fallon, with six first-place winners, was the champion with 250.5 points.
    The Raiders improved by 24 points and two places in the tournament compared to a year ago.
    Early accolades: Two Raiders appeared Nov. 28 in the Illinois Matmen Class 2A individual state rankings.
    Page 2 of 2 - Joseph is rated No. 1 in 220, a weight class in which he placed second in the state a year ago.
    McWhirter checks in at No. 10 in 126.

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