BY COLTEN STEELE WEEKLY REPORTER
The O’Fallon wrestling team is competing at a very high level early in the season. The Panthers recently competed against Civic Memorial and Highland, and it was a great start to a very busy schedule throughout that week.
The Blue and Gold dominated Civic Memorial (63-15), and Highland (65-6).
The Panthers had a total of eight pins against Civic Memorial, with pins coming from Alek Ziegler, Alex Fulton, Jalen Jones, Mike Faulkner, Caleb Carriel, Jack Bond, Mason Hewitt, and Mason Baker.
Head Coach, Glenn Exton, said, “Civic Memorial and Highland are both very young teams. We only lost one bout on the night other than giving up forfeits.”
O’Fallon didn’t hold back against Highland either, as they had a total of nine pins coming from Austin Kostedt, Alek Ziegler, Jalen Jones, Mike Faulkner, Caleb Carriel, Mason Hewitt, Kobey Bosworth, Brian Ahle, and Mason Baker.
Jack Bond defeated Devin Wills of Highland who is ranked twelfth in class 2A.
“We just had too much experience for our opponents, but we will be in a similar situation next season,” Coach Exton said.
On December 16 and 17, the Panthers competed in the 47th annual Mascoutah Invitational Tournament.
Alek Ziegler placed first at the 120 pounds division, scoring 32.50 points for O’Fallon. Ziegler now sits at 18-0 as his opponents can’t find a way to stop him.
Alex Fulton placed second at 126 pounds, and is currently 15-3 on the season. Fulton contributed a lot to his team as he scored 24 team points.
At 145 pounds, it was Mike Faulkner who defeated Courtney Wilson (Highland) 16-2, and went on to score 32 team points. Faulkner is now 16-2 on the season.
Another undefeated wrestler, Jack Bond, dominated and won by a tech fall in each of his matches. Bond now sits at 18-0 on the year for the Panthers.
Mason Hewitt finished the tournament placing second, and scoring 26 team points. Hewitt lost in the finals by tech fall (5-0), and is currently 17-1 on the year.
Kobey Bosworth was able to finish first place, and score 26 team points. Bosworth won his final match by decision, 9-4. Brian Ahle would also contribute 26 points to the team as he finished second overall. Ahle is now 16-2, after losing by decision (6-5).