MHS grapplers come up short in busy week on mat


Mendota’s wrestlers dropped both ends of a triangular meet at Sterling Newman on Jan. 10.

The host Comets downed the Trojans, 42-24. Wyatt Ossman got the lone mat win for the Trojans, pinning his opponent at the 1:42 mark of their 182-pound bout. Picking up forfeits were Payton Gagliardo (170), Albert Harris (220) and Gabe Vallejo (285).

Against Sherrard, the Trojans suffered a 66-12 setback. Corbin Furar got a pin at 1:50 of his 138-pound match, while Ossman and Harris gained forfeit victories.

Jan. 10

Newman 42, Mendota 24

106 – double forfeit; 113 – Hansen (SN) pinned Cadence Thornton (M), 0:23; 120 – Ivey (SN) won forfeit; 126 – double forfeit; 132 – Messer (SN) pinned Gavin Evans (M), 3:27; 138 – Rude (SN) pinned Jose Hermosillo (M), 1:45; 145 – McDonell (SN) pinned Lea Turner (M), 1:44; 152 – Geske (SN) pinned Brooke Bailey (M), 1:23; 160 – Francis (SN) pinned Dean Gilbert (M), 3:00; 170 – Payton Gagliardo (M) won forfeit; 182 – Wyatt Ossman (M) pinned Garland (SN), 1:42; 195 – Newberry (SN) pinned Reese Lane (M), 0:42; 220 – Albert Harris (M) won forfeit; 285 – Gabe Vallejo (M) won forfeit

Sherrard 66, Mendota 18

106 – Werner (S) won forfeit; 113 – C. Thomson (S) pinned Thornton (M), 1:56; 120 – Findlay (S) won forfeit; 126 – Bynum (S) won forfeit; 132 – Anderson (S) pinned Sam Christmann (M), 1:52; 138 – Corbinn Furar (M) pinned J. Thomson (S), 1:50; 145 – Dalton (S) pinned Rhett Watson (M), 3:00; 152 – Hoke (S) pinned Reyli Sandoval (M), 1:51; 160 – King (S) pinned Gilbert (M), 1:39; 170 – Weakley (S) pinned Gagliardo (M), 0:35; 182 – Ossman (M) won forfeit; 195 – Anderson (S) pinned Lane (M), 0:38; 220 – Harris (M) won forfeit; 285 – Covey (S) pinned Vallejo (M), 3:56

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Mendota participated in the Amboy Junior Varsity Tournament on Jan. 7. The Trojans finished in seventh place out of 14 teams.

Furar (138) and Harris (220) both finished in second place in their respective weight classes. Vallejo (285) took fourth place, while Keegen Stewart (132) and Reese Lane (195) placed sixth.

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Mendota was defeated by Monmouth-Roseville and Erie-Prophetstown in a triangular meet at Erie on Jan. 12.

The host school topped the Trojans, 54-24. Brooke Bailey got a pin win for Mendota at 152 pounds, while forfeit victories went to JP Belmonte (182), Lane (195) and Harris (220).

Against Monmouth-Roseville, the Trojans were on the short end of a 57-24 score. Harris (220), Stewart (132) and Rhett Watson (145) each pinned their opponent, while a forfeit win went to Jose Hermosillo (138).

Jan. 12

Erie-Prophetstown 54, Mendota 24

106 – Hawkins (EP) won forfeit; 113 – Johnson (EP) pinned Thornton (M), 1:43; 120 – Church (EP) won forfeit; 126 – Wilkes (EP) won forfeit; 132 – Naftger (EP) pinned Christmann (M), 0:30; 138 – Jepson (EP) pinned Hermosillo (M), 2:02; 145 – Rosenow (EP) dec. Turner (M), 17-8; 152 – Bailey (M) pinned Thompson (EP), 1:23; 160 – Jace (EP) pinned Gagliardo (M), 0:56; 170 – Smith (EP) pinned Gilbert (M), 2:21; 182 – JP Belmonte (M) won forfeit; 195 – Lane (M) won forfeit; 220 – Harris (M) won forfeit; 285 – Chastain (EP) dec. Vallejo (M), 4-2

Monmouth-Roseville 57, Mendota 24

106 – Dillard (MR) won forfeit; 113 – Tiguan (MR) dec. Thornton (M), 16-0; 120 – Domingo (MR) won forfeit; 126 – Morales (MR) won forfeit; 132 – Stewart (M) pinned Cinzah (MR), 3:08; 138 – Hermosillo (M) won forfeit; 145 – Watson (M) pinned Sang (MR), 3:54; 152 – Mora (MR) pinned Bailey (M), 0:25; 160 – Raymond (MR) pinned Gilbert (M), 0:55; 170 – Martinez (MR) dec. Gagliardo (M), 11-10; 182 – Gandarilla (MR) pinned Belmonte (M), 2:45; 195 – Izquierdo (MR) won forfeit; 220 – Harris (M) pinned Vega (MR), 1:31; 285 – Bell (MR) pinned Vallejo (M), 1:25

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The Trojans finished in 15th place out of 20 teams in the Kewanee Invitational on Jan. 14.

Harris took fourth place at 220 pounds and Watson was sixth in the 145-pound class.

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