The scoreboard may have shown two losses, but you wouldn't have been able to tell by the performance the Litchfield High School wrestling team put on during their season opener at Shelbyville on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The Panthers lost 41-30 to Cumberland and 46-33 to Shelbyville, but won 10 of the 14 contested matches on the night, showing that in the weights where they have wrestlers, they're tough to beat.
Four of Litchfield's wins came against Cumberland, where they gave the Pirates 18 points through forfeits (Litchfield forfeited five classes, Cumberland forfeited two). The Panthers scored two pins, with Alex Powell defeating Bryant Weber at 113 pounds and Jefferson Thomas pinning Damien Anderson at 220 pounds.
The other two contested wins over the Pirates came at 132 pounds, where Will Carlile took a 12-10 decision over Blayne Donsbach, and at 106 pounds, where Blake Zumwalt also won by two, 7-5, over Hank Warfel. Brandon Malloy (120) and Carter Powell (126) scored the other 12 points on forfeits.
In the Shelbyville match, Litchfield collected five pins and a decision victory while going 6-2 against the Rams. Unfortunately, six forfeits would prove costly, giving Shelbyville 36 of their 46 points.
Will Carlile and Jefferson Thomas would both earn their second wins of the night, this time both by fall. Carter Powell also picked up another victory, pinning Ty Brachbill at 126 pounds.
Litchfield's other wins would come from Aaron Roach, who pinned Will Fox at 132 pounds; Ashtin Carver, who outpointed Preston Quick 9-3 at 113 pounds; and Brady Davidson, who pinned Gage Smith at 120 pounds.
All told, it was a solid start for the Panthers, who have some gaps in their line-up at certain weight classes, but can hang with the best, especially in the lower weights.
They'll get a chance to show that at home on Saturday, Dec. 7, when they host their annual super duel, with Auburn, Roxana, PORTA, Carlinville and Pinckneyville also in attendance. Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m.
December 3 at Shelbyvile
Cumberland 41, Litchfield 30
106: Blake Zumwalt (L) def. Hank Warfel (C) by dec. 7-5
113: Alex Powell (L) def. Bryant Weber (C) by fall
120: Brandon Malloy (L) won by forfeit
126: Carter Powell (L) won by forfeit
132: Will Carlile (L) def. Blayne Donsbach (C) by dec. 12-10
138: Mason Tipsword (C) def. Aaron Roach (L) by injury default
145: Race Zike (C) won by forfeit
152: Kade Warner (C) def. Seth Kenter (L) by fall
160: Michael Carpenter (C) won by forfeit
170: Iysten Syfert (C) won by forfeit
182: Jerod Carl (C) won by forfeit
195: Double forfeit
220: Jefferson Thomas (L) def. Damien Anderson (C) by fall
285: Noah Carl (C) won by forfeit
Shelbyville 46, Litchfield 33
106: Calvin Miller (S) def. Alex Powell (L) by maj. dec. 11-3
113: Ashtin Carter (L) def. Preston Quick (S) by dec. 9-3
120: Brady Davidson (L) def. Gage Smith (S) by fall
126: Carter Powell (L) def. Ty Brachbill (S) by fall
132: Aaron Roach (L) def. Will Fox (S) by fall
138: Will Carlile (L) def. Bradley Sanders (S) by fall
145: Cody Rohdemann (S) won by forfeit
152: Clayton Patch (S) def. Seth Kenter (L) by fall
160: Bo Hilbert (S) won by forfeit
170: Will Miller (S) won by forfeit
182: Colton Miller (S) won by forfeit
195: Ty Walker (S) won by forfeit
220: Jefferson Thomas (L) def. Connor Rhodes (S) by fall
285: Anthony Lape (S) won by forfeit