CUMBERLAND — Mount Carmel picked up three individual championships Saturday as the Aces went on to win Cumberland’s Skull and Crossbones tournament in high school wrestling action.
The Aces finished with 191 points to take home the team championship. Monticello was second with 179.50 points. Lawrenceville was third with 146 points followed by Fithian (Oakland) in fourth place with 144 points and Toledo (Cumberland) with 130 points.
"It was a pretty big win," said Mount Carmel wrestling coach Logan Crum. "We're very excited. It was an 18-team tournament with some of the better competition we'll see."
The Aces picked up championships at 106 pounds, 113 pounds, and 120 pounds.
Dayton Hall won at 106 pounds after defeating Gage Reed of Oakwood by a 6-4 decision. Cade Keepes was the winner at 113 pounds with a 13-6 decision against Elliot Stifle of Robinson. The Aces' final individual championship came at 120 pounds when Chevvy Wood picked up a 6-0 victory over Rayce Zike of Cumberland."Dayton wrestled well," said Crum. "We wrestled a pretty good match in the finals against a very good kid from Oakwood. It was good seeing him get some competition. Cade didn't have many kids in his bracket but wrestled well against the kids he did have in his bracket. Chevvy had a tough finals match against the Cumberland kid, who we'll see three times this year."
The Aces also got their hands on a two second-place finishes, a third, a fifth and a three six-place finishes.
This is the second team championship the Aces have secured. Earlier this season, Mount Carmel won the Lawrence County Invitational.
"Winning team championships in tournaments is the biggest push I have," said Crum. "We have some really good individuals. We should have some individual champions at most things we do, but I want team champions. I'm not the coach to raise a bunch of good individuals. I want team championships."
Clay Critchfield advanced to the finals at 132 pounds but lost to Ren Dazey of Oakwood, 9-3, in the finals. Dalton Farrar was narrowly defeated in the finals of the 195-pound weight class by Gavin Smith of Lawrenceville, 3-2.
"We're pretty good right now," said Crum. "We're pretty much mid-season right now. We go to a big tournament over Christmas. It's the top 40 teams in 1A in the state of Illinois. It will be good to see where we're at. I think we're ranked 21st in the state in 1A. Hopefully, we can improve on that and wrestle some good competition up there."