Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Sports Editor TAYLORVILLE — The Dolph Stanley court was utilized last night but the basketball were switched out for mats. The Tornadoes hosted the Chatham Glenwood wrestling team for a regular season meet. Taylorville fell to the Titans by a final point total of 57-15. However, each match was full of drive and competitiveness. Taylorville made their opponent earn each and every victory.
“We still have yet to solidify our lineup but overall I thought we wrestled great.” Head Coach Jake Smothers said with confidence after Thursday’s meet. The THS wrestling team still struggling with full team involvement, had several wrestlers out due to injury or illness.
“When you give them 30 points and lose by 42… Im not mad. Given our situation I thought we wrestled really well.”
Junior Landon Molina got the ball rolling for the home team. Showing great control over the match he won by pin fall in the second round.
Another junior, William Blue, kept the team headed in the right direction giving Taylorville two straight victories.
Although they wrestled hard those two wins would be theonlyvictoriesofthenight for Taylorville. Senior Robert Root a proved this sport can test the emotions. He lost by pin in round number one. Senior team captain cam up just short in his match losing bypointsinhismatch.Final total, 5-2.
Both freshman, Mathew Gettings and Ethan Rusher, participated in two matches a piece. They fought hard but too fell victim to the disciplined Glenwood Titans.
“Us and Chatham have always had a bit of a rivalry between wrestling teams.” Smothers stated. “Overall I think we wrestled tough.”
The Tornadoes next appearance will take place at home against Decatur Macarthur and Litchfield. The meet will be on Jan. 11, and the first whistle will blow at 6:00 p.m.