QUINCY — The Quincy Oriole wrestling program hosted their final regular season Big 8 quad of the year Wednesday night, welcoming Big 8 rivals Homer, Jonesville and Reading to town for some intense grappling action.
Quincy faced off with their final two conference opponents of the year in Jonesville and Homer and despite the tremendous growth shown on the year and their gritty and tough wrestling the Orioles went 0-2 on the night, falling to both the Trojans and the Comets.
To kick off their last home meet of the season the Orioles dropped a tough contest to Homer. (Editor’s Note- All results come from the website trackwrestling.com, some of the information in track wrestling was muddled, so our apologies if there are any mistakes. If you see a mistake please email Sports Editor Troy Tennyson at email@example.com and we will print a correction)
Taking wins for Quincy in the dual versus Homer were Michael Daniels at 160 pounds via decision; Gavin Peet via pin fall at 171 pounds; Davin George via decision at 189 pounds; Hamilton Spieth via pin fall at 215 pounds; Caleb Rose via decision at 112 pounds; and Jacob Reif via void at 125 pounds.
To end the night the Orioles battled tough but fell to Jonesville by the score of 47-25.
It was a tough start for Quincy as the Comets rattled off extra point wins in the first three matches to take the early lead. The dual started at 135 pounds where Jonesville’s Tyler Milks defeated Quincy’s Grayson Laney via fall in 2:32, giving Jonesville the early 6-0 lead. The Comets added to their lead with a win via void at 140 pounds for Carson Playford, giving the Comets a 12-0 lead. The opening run for Jonesville ended at 145 pounds where Derek Ballinger battled his way to a 16-1 Technical Fall over Quincy’s Braiden Mosher, pushing the lead to 17-0.
Quincy got on the board at 152 pound where Nicholas Weber earned a hard fought 16-0 Technical Fall over Fisher Potts, closing the score to 17-5.
Jonesville extended their lead at 160 pounds where Austin Bowers pinned Quincy’s Michael Daniels in 3:07, pushing the lead to 23-5.
Quincy went on a nice three match run after that, taking three big wins at 171, 189 and 215 pounds respectively. Starting the Oriole run was Gavin Peet at 171 pounds who earned a quick pin fall win over Ben Colbart of Jonesville in :12 seconds, closing the score to 23-11.
At 189 pounds it was Quincy’s Davin George battling for three tough periods with Isaac Shivley of Jonesville. In the end it was George taking the win via a 7-2 decision, closing the score to 23-14.
Quincy’s final win in this stretch came at 215 pounds where Hamilton Spieth pinned Jonesville’s Levi Cempura in :17 seconds, bringing the score to 23-20 in Jonesville’s favor.
A four match run for Jonesville officially put the dual away, beginning with a pin fall win for Evan McColley over Quincy’s Lucas Dixon in 1:15 at 285 pounds. Jonesville then secured a void at 103 pounds for Alex Pickford, followed by a hard fought pin fall win for Cody Nichols over Quincy’s Caleb Rose in 1:14. Jonesville’s final points of the dual came at 119 pounds where Gene Wagner defeated Quincy’s Carter Pierce by pin fall in 1:23.
Quincy ended the dual on a high note and it came in perhaps the most exciting match of the entire night. Two solid wrestlers in Quincy’s Jacob Reif and Jonesville’s Max Smith toed the line versus one another in what would turn out to be an absolute shootout. In the end Reif out pointed Smith in one of the highest scoring matches you’ll see, taking the 28-13 Technical Fall victory, finding the final score of 47-25.
Quincy will look to continue their tremendous growth on the mats Saturday when they travel to the Grass Lake Invitational.
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