On the mat Thursday night, Prairie Ridge outwrestled Dundee-Crown.
Fortunately for the Chargers, the Wolves had to forfeit five weight classes, giving up 30 points, as D-C won the Fox Valley Conference meet, 42-27, in Carpentersville.
“We’ve got four guys out of the starting lineup right now, so we’re fine taking that,” Chargers coach Bob Skillman said of the victory. “At this point, we’re just getting guys experience and get them out on the mat.”
Prairie Ridge won five of the eight matches wrestled, outscoring D-C 21-12. Fabian Ramirez got the Chargers started well as the meet started at 145 pounds. The junior earned the win by fall from the Wolves’ John Jenks 1:33 into the second period. It was Johnson’s first pin of the season.
“I come in thinking I needed to shoot more,” Ramirez said. “But I didn’t do that. I need to work on that more.”
D-C sophomore Jarrod Raap earned a 8-5 decision over Dylan Wisser at 182 pounds. Martell Thompson had the other Chargers victory on the mat at 138. The junior earned an escape point in the second period and held on for a 1-0 decision over Kevin Irbacker.
David Campos, Javon Mayfield, Christian Brunner, DaShun Lloyd and Jeremy Marshall earned forfeit victories for the Chargers. D-C was without JeQuann Flynn, Ray Griggle, James Jastrowski and Christian Johnson.
“We could have wrestled a little bit better, but there was only one match that we lost that I thought we should win,” Skillman said.
Prairie Ridge got wins from Chase Rea (11-7 decision at 152), Charley Popp (3-1 decision, 160), Luke Zegers (fall in 1:53, 195), Connor Bos (9-7 decision, 220), Travis Piotrowski (fall in 2:39, 106) and Brad Basler (forfeit, 126).
“We have some guys beat up and a little sick,” Wolves coach Mark Jayne said of having five forfeits. “At this point in the season it’s more important to get them healthy.”Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.