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Roundup: Three local wreslters still alive for PIT titles

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by Steve Amy

Roundup: Three local wreslters still alive for PIT titles

Saturday, January 07, 2012


By Sports Staff

Three area wrestlers are still alive for a championship after the first day of the 30-team Princeton Invitational Tournament.

Three Ottawa grapplers and one PHS wrestler survived Friday to advance to the championship quarterfinals, which will be contested at 9 a.m. this morning. Semifinals are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. with finals scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

For the host Tigers, 145-pounder Earl Towne won his lone match on Friday by pin fall and will meet Harvard’s Tyler Kramer in the quarterfinals.

Senior teammate Ben Staton won his first-round match but then fell in the second round. All of the other PHS wrestlers lost their opening-round match on Friday by fall but most are still alive in the consolation draw.

The Pirates fared better than the Tigers.

Still alive for Ottawa is 145-pounder Jared Jones and 220-pounder Cyrano Rayfield. Jones, who his match on Friday by a 9-1 major decision, will meet LeRoy’s Tyler Woolridge in the quarterfinals. Rayfield, who won his match on Friday by a 10-0 major decision, will wrestle LeRoy’s Bradley Simmons.

All other Ottawa wrestlers are in the consolation draw.

After the first day of wrestling, Class 3A’s Palos Heights Sheperd leads the team standings with 79 points. Byron is second with 67 points, Harvard is third with 64 and Wilmington is fourth with 62.

Ottawa has 30 points and is in a four-way tie for 14th place. Princeton is 26th with 15 points.


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