Wrestling team off to hot start for the season

(Original O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

(Original O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

The O’Fallon wrestling team went undefeated (3-0) this past weekend, and started off the season how they imagined it would be.

Head Coach Glenn Exton said, “I thought we looked pretty good overall. We forfeited four weight classes and that put our backs to the wall, forcing us to earn bonus points in numerous weight classes.”

The Panthers had a tightly contested matchup against Springfield High School as they won in a nail-biter 37-33. Winning matches coming from seven O’Fallon wrestlers: Jalen Jones (138), Jack Bond (160), Mason Hewitt (182), Kobey Bosworth (195), Brian Ahle (220), Alek Ziegler (120), and Alex Fulton (126).

The Panthers had four forfeits against Springfield, Coach Exton said, “Not having a full lineup all season is open the door for some teams to knock us off. We are going to need to pin more than ever. One thing for certain though, every wrestler we put on the mat is solid and willing to battle. We have a lot competitive spirit.”

The Blue and Gold would then stay hot and defeat De Smet High School 48-32. O’Fallon had eight winning wrestlers at different weight classes, including Caleb Carriel (152), Jack Bond (160), Mason Hewitt (182), Kobey Bosworth (195), Brian Ahle (220), Mason Baker (285), Alek Ziegler (120), and Alex Fulton (126).

“A couple of guys looked tired in the third period but that doesn’t worry me as it is typical for the first matches wrestled this year. Our technique looked solid, which was nice to see since we have not put everything in yet in practice,” said Coach Exton.

The Panthers would finish their day on a high-note as they dominated Mattoon High School 53-21. Winning matches coming from Caleb Carriel (152), Jack Bond (160), Jake Delange (170), Mason Hewitt (182), Kobey Bosworth (190), Mason Baker (285), Alek Ziegler (120), Alex Fulton (126), and Jalen Jones (138).

The Panthers would go 3-0 on the weekend and Coach Exton seemed as if he really wants his team to be fully prepared near the end of the season saying, “We still have room for improvement. I’ve purposely slowed putting in all the technique this year. We should have it all in by January. I think we will benefit from the extra reps they are getting at each move. We will be tested next week by Cahokia and Granite City.”