MOUNT CARMEL - Hosting a rare home wrestling match, Mount Carmel defeated Lawrenceville Monday night, 51-22, as the Aces continue to prepare for the upcoming Big 8 Conference meet and Regional action.

“We won the matches I thought we’d win,” said Mount Carmel coach Logan Crum. “There were some I thought we should have won but didn’t.

“We had some pretty competitive matches. We just wrestled them on Saturday so we kind of knew what to expect. The score was about the same.”

The most competitive match of the night - as far as coach Logan is concerned - took place at 182 pounds.

There, Mount Carmel’s Ryan Johnson defeated Lawrenceville’s Gavin Smith, 15-6. The action-packed contest was well received by the Aces’ head coach.

“Ryan Johnson didn’t wrestle on Saturday,” said Crum. “He had an illness. He came out and wrestles probably the best wrestling match I’ve seen him wrestle as a high school wrestler. He’s improving. That’s a very good kid there that he wrestled.”

The Aces earned a pinfall victory at 132 pounds when Clay Critchfield pinned his opponent at the 3:19 mark.

“He’s consistent and probably one of the more technical wrestlers that we’ve got on the team,” said Crum. “He knows what he’s doing. He might not be the strongest at his weight class but he knows how to technical wrestle anybody and he showed that tonight.”

At 220 pounds, Blake Kight earned a pin victory in 1:27.

“I thought Blake Kight wrestled well,” said Crum. “He is what he is. He’s a very strong kid. Anytime he can out-muscle a kid he’s probably going to come out on top.”

Dalton Farrar was the last of the three pin victories earned by the Aces. Farrar picked up a victory at 195 pounds at 3:57, just before the second period concluded.

Chris Shelby rolled through his opponent for a 15-0 tech-fall win at 152 pounds.

“Chris Shelby didn’t wrestle on Saturday all with an illness as well,” said Crum. “It was good to see him out there at 152 and pick up a good win.”

Crum said there were two spots where the Aces lost but will serve as a learning lesson for the future. Chevvy Wood dropped a 4-3 decision to Zeth Stallings. Wood was leading into the final period but gave up a reverse to fall by a point.

At 106, Greg Pierson also dropped a decision to Emily Hyre. Pierson trailed 7-2 through two periods but managed to come within two-points before losing 8-5.

“Chevvy wrestled tough kid,” said Crum. “He’s state-ranked. We beat him on Saturday and he beat us today. That’s just the way it falls. I thought [Stallings] wrestled a good, smart match against Chevvy. That’s just the way it turns out.

“ would have liked to have seen Greg Pierson get a win, but he wrestled a tough match and got beat.

“We’ve got to keep on improving. We’re gearing up toward regional time now. We basically have 15 practices left then it’s regionals.”

The Aces travel to Carmi tonight.

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