LAWRENCEVILLE - Mount Carmel's wrestling team won the Lawrence County tournament Saturday as five of their wrestlers came home with first-place finishes.
The Aces scored 197 points. Olney was 40 points behind Mount Carmel with 157 points to finish in second place. Robinson was third with 147 points, Harrisburg fourth with 143 points and rounding out the top five was Lawrenceville with 123 points.
"I was very pleased with it," said Mount Carmel coach Logan Crum. "They wrestled hard all day. They wrestled smart. The kids that did get beat tried to come back and get third. That was the big thing."
Anna-Jonesboro was sixth with 100 points. Herrin seventh with 87 points followed by Carterville (77.5), Fairfield (67) and Carmi (56) to round out the top 10.
Of the five champions to come from Mount Carmel, four won their match by pinfall and the other picked up the victory thanks to a major decision win.
"It was an overall good day for the whole team," said Crum. "Everybody wrestled well. Everybody won some matches. There wasn't anyone that didn't win at least one match on the day. That's a big plus for us."
Dayton Hall won for the Aces at 106 pounds. Cade Keepes picked up the win at 113 pounds. Chevvy Wood earned a victory at 120 pounds and Clay Critchfield (132 pounds) and Ryan Johnson (182 pounds) rounded out the winners for Mount Carmel.
"In a tournament, pins [will] get you the most points," said Crum. "You want to pin people in tournaments. I love to see all those pinfalls. We pinned most of our wins. We didn't have many matches go the full six minutes. That's big in a tournament to have pins."
Hall won at 106 pounds by defeating Greg Pierson in 55 seconds. Keepes picked up a 13-4 major decision victory over Olney's Dylan Ritter at 113 pounds.
"Their brackets weren't very good with good wrestlers," said Crum. "They did wrestle well. Dayton ended up wrestling our jayvee wrestler for first-place championship match. Our jayvee wrestler won three matches against other varsity kids, so he ended up wrestling against Dayton for the championship. That was a big thing.
Wood finished off Harrisburg's Landon Hicks seconds before the end of the first period with a pinfall win at the 1:52 mark.
"Chevvy wrestled pretty well," said Crum. "He had a pretty good kid in the finals that he ended up pinning in the first period, so I was happy with that."
At 132 pounds, Critchfield defeated Anna-Jonesboro's Clayton Ramage at the 3:03 mark in the second period.
"Clay wrestled really well for the day," said Crum. "It was probably one of the better days I've seen him wrestle in the three years since he's been in high school."
Finally, at 182 pounds, Johnson pinned Lawrenceville's Clayton Smith in 70 seconds to take the title.
"He wrestled well all day," said Crum. "Probably one of the better days I've seen him wrestle as well. He wrestled smart. He's one of them that sometimes doesn't wrestle as smart as he could but I thought he wrestled really well."
Braydon Berberich reached the finals at 138 pounds and lost by pinfall to Harrisburg's Kyle Cavender at the 2:41 mark. Dalton Farrar finished second after losing in overtime, 7-5, on a takedown from Olney's Kyle Beasley. Also, Chris Shelby placed fourth when he was beaten by Herrin's Jace Hahs, 8-4, at 152 pounds.
"[Braydon] wrestled wells into the finals," said Crum. "He then met one of the top kids in the state. He just didn't have enough.
"Chris Shelby wrestled well. He got beat in a very tough match in the third-place match. Dalton wrestled well. The kid he went to overtime with in the championship match is a kid he's never really contented with. He went to overtime with him so hopefully, he's getting better with that."
The Aces are on the road at Olney Wednesday. Then on Saturday, the Aces wrestle in Princeton at the Big Eight five-way. It's every conference team except Jasper.