WOODSTOCK – The Prairie Ridge wrestling team couldn’t wait to get on the mat Tuesday.
After an impressive third-place showing over the weekend at the Sciacca/Holtfreter Tournament at Harvard, the Wolves are a confident bunch heading into the holiday break.
The Wolves were able to continue their winning ways with a 48-24 victory over Woodstock North in a nonconference dual meet at Woodstock North.
“I thought we wrestled really well coming off a strong showing over the weekend,” PR coach Trey Breeden said. “Even though only a small part of our lineup was affected by guys being out for football, it is nice to have them back and get us closer to a full lineup, which makes us more competitive in duals.
“I thought Jace Sparks and Kyle Koelblinger wrestled especially well for us tonight. This was a good win.”
The Wolves and Woodstock North were pretty even in the early matches. PR jumped ahead after Sam Ilkow won a 5-1 decision at 106 pounds. After Sparks’ pin at 126, Woodstock North evened the match with a pin by Jake Finch at 132.
Drake Regenhart gave PR the lead back after a 7-0 decision at 152, and then the Wolves won six matches in a row to put the match out of reach. Koelblinger won the closest match of the night, a 4-2 decision over Brian Kline at 170.
“I tried to push the pace and was able to get in the right position and get enough points for the victory,” Koelblinger said. “I wish I could have gotten us more team points, but this was a good team win with a lot of enthusiasm.”
PR also had victories from Jack Stone (120), Nick Fetzner (182), Phillip Koenig (195) and Josh Crandall (220). Trey Piotrowski (132) and Tommy Evans (160) picked up forfeits for the Wolves.
“I was able to defend the headlock and just stayed with it all match,” Crandall said. “I thought tonight was a really good performance by our team. We’ve worked really hard in practice, and it showed in a lot of our matches tonight.”
Woodstock North was able to keep the match close early on, but lost some tough matches late. The Thunder had wins from Finch (132) and Sean Jaco (285). Carter Miller (113) and Nicco Mazzanti (145) picked up forfeits for Woodstock North.
“We really battled tonight,” Thunder coach Tim Creighton said. “We were able to try some JV guys in the lineup, and they showed a lot of fight and gained some experience. Some pins really hurt us. Tonight, we showed that we can compete against a really strong team.”