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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Raiders outscore No. 13 Notre Dame

  • The East Peoria wrestling team swept non-conference guests Notre Dame and Petersburg PORTA Dec. 11.

    The Raiders knocked off the Irish, ranked No. 13 in the state in Class 2A by Illinois Matmen, 37-30, and easily dispatched PORTA, 63-9.
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  • The East Peoria wrestling team swept non-conference guests Notre Dame and Petersburg PORTA Dec. 11.
    The Raiders knocked off the Irish, ranked No. 13 in the state in Class 2A by Illinois Matmen, 37-30, and easily dispatched PORTA, 63-9.
    There was a long list of double winners — Phoenix Stuart, Austin Harper, Drew Foster, Kade McDonald, Justin Doty and Lucas Joseph — for No. 24 East Peoria.
    Stuart recorded a 9-0 major decision against ND and a second-period pin vs. the Bluejays in 106 pounds, while Harper pinned a PORTA grappler and received a forfeit in 120.
    Foster provided 11 points to the Raider tally with a pin at 1:35 against the Irish and a 19-3 technical fall vs. PORTA in 152.
    Doty, in two different classes, pinned an Irish wrestler and won by default against a Bluejay.
    McDonald (195/220) and Joseph (285) pinned PORTA entrants and were issued forfeits vs. ND.
    East Peoria’s Casey McWhirter was victorious against the Irish, while Zach Hogan, Shanen Pizter, Bryce Sandoval, Tony Hall, Jacob Lovell and Evan Betz triumphed vs. PORTA.
    EP 52, Morton 16; Washington 50, EP 18
    The Raiders split a Mid-Illini Conference home triangular Thursday night.
    The outcome left East Peoria at 3-1 in league matches.
    The Phil Johns-led Raiders won 11-of-14 bouts with the Potters.
    Harper, Pitzer (126), Foster and Joseph accounted for pins against Morton.
    McWhirter registered a 20-3 technical fall in 132. In the two lightest weights, Stuart and Hogan provided 11-3 and 11-1 major decisions, respectively.
    Also for East Peoria, Sandoval (145), Hall (160) and Clarence Gomez (170) claimed wins.
    McDonald was handed a forfeit when Morton left the 220 class vacant.
    All of the Raiders’ victories against No. 8 Washington, the three-time defending conference champion, were worth six points.  
    Doty had a pin at the 3:20 mark in 195, while McDonald picked up a pin in 1:28 in the 285 division.  Joseph won in a forfeit.
    East Peoria’s final M-I triangular is Jan. 10 vs. Metamora and Limestone.
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