Charleston coach Mike Stanley sees improvement in his young wrestling team.
The Trojans defeated Effingham on Tuesday night, 39-27, after having lost to the Hearts earlier this season.
“That shows some improvement right there,” Stanley said. “You can even see it in practice that they’re working to get better and that they want to win. “
The Trojans also beat Taylorville on Tuesday, 36-29.
Charleston posted two more team wins Wednesday night at home, rolling past Oblong, 48-18, and St. Thomas More, 54-12, before losing to Cumberland, 42-30.
Josh Wiley, one of the few seniors on the team, won two of this three matches Wednesday, pinning an Oblong wrestler in 3 minutes, 2 seconds, and winning another by forfeit. He had also pinned his Effingham opponent on Tuesday.
“He’s solid,” Stanley said. “You can see his experience out there.”
Alec Sellers, a junior, pinned his Cumberland opponent in 3:05 and won twice by forfeit Wednesday.
“He just drives and wrestles all three periods and keeps moving,” Stanley said. “Regardless what the score is, he’s got heart. A lot of our other wrestlers can take a lot from him.”
And freshman Stormy Hughes continued to shake off the wildness evident earlier this season by pinning his Effingham opponent in 1:19 Tuesday and going 2-1 on Wednesday. Hughes pinned his St. Thomas More opponent in 1:27, won by forfeit and then lost in 1:39 to a Cumberland wrestler.
“He’s got so much potential,” Stanley said. “A freshman wrestling 285 (pounds) isn’t easy for anybody. He’s got a good feel. He comes out that first step a little too hard sometimes. Once he learns to settle his hips back and just work the balances, and let things come and figure out what’s in front of him, he’s going to jump levels.”
Stanley said getting in as many matches as possible is essential.
“When get into the matches in a real wrestling setting, it gets you to a higher level,” Stanley said. “It’s what makes you improve.”
WEDNESDAY TEAM RESULTS
Charleston 48, Oblong 18
Charleston 54, St Thomas More 12
Cumberland 42, Charleston 30
Charleston 39, Effingham 27
106 Stewart (Eff) def Isaiah Lutrell (CHS) by pin 2:28
113 Maddie Bryant (CHS) wins by forfeit
120 Double forfeit
126 Printz (Eff) wins by forfeit
132 Haycraft (Eff) wins by forfeit
138 Double forfeit
145 Ben Coffey (CHS) def Rardin (Eff) by dec. 15-14
152 Perry (Eff) def Chet Shrader (CHS) by pin 3:44
160 Smith (Eff) def Alec Sellers (Eff) by dec. 8-7
170 Josh Wiley (CHS) def Ellis (Eff) by pin 3:01
182 Bonaventure Kasabele (CHS) def Longren by pin :33
195 Josiah Vingara (CHS) wins by forfeit
220 Marcellx Boling (CHS) wins by forfeit
285 Stormy Hughes (CHS) def Patterson (Eff) by pin 1:19
Mackensie Williams (CHS) def Longren by pin 5:32
Lincoln (Eff) def Isaiah Lutrell (CHS) by pin 5:33
Charleston 36, Taylorville 29
106 Isaiah Lutrell (CHS) wins by forfeit
113 E. Rusher (Taylorville) def Maddie Bryant (CHS) by tech fall 25-7
120 E. Dyer (Taylorville) wins by forfeit
126 Z. Braun (Taylorville) wins by forfeit
132 Double forfeit
138 Double forfeit
145 G. Rusher (Taylorville) def. Ben Coffey (CHS) by pin 1:09
152 Chet Shrader (CHS) def J. Hammil (Taylorville) 4-0
160 Alec Sellers (CHS) wins by forfeit
170 Josh Wiley (CHS) wins by forfeit
182 Bonaventure Kasabele (CHS) win by forfeit
195 W. Blue (Taylorville) def Josiah Vingara (CHS) by pin 1:12
220 Marcellx Boling def C. Kalka (Taylorville) by dec. 15-10
285 Stormy Hughes (CHS) wins by forfeit
Mackensie Williams (CHS) def A. Franklin (Taylorville) by dec. 7-0