Coaler matmen clipped by Clifton Central

    The Coal City varsity wrestling team split their first two matches of the season this past week, defeating Pontiac, but falling to Clifton Central.
    The Coalers traveled to Pontiac last Tuesday night, coming away with a dominating, 58-16 win to kick off the season.
    Coal City dropped just three bouts in the match as Jared Holzinger and Joe Farriols both suffered pins, while Lane Kutemeir lost in a major decision. Coalers Mark Hiles, Brandon Strnad, Alex Friddle, Riley Nevin, Ryan Wasielewski, Brendan Nevin and Wills Payton all picked up pins.
    On Wednesday, Coal City faced their toughest opponent so far, Clifton Central, where they wound up losing  36-34.
    The Coalers did well at the lower weights with the match starting at 106. However, the Comets bounced back in the upper weights, with the match coming down to the final bout at 285 with Wills Payton.
    Payton was winning 5-4 with less than a minute to go, but wound up getting headlocked and pinned, suffering the loss.
    The Coalers will host Manteno, Herscher and Seneca on Thursday in a conference quad, and will be back in action on Saturday at the DGS Invitational.
Cliffton Central 36, Coal City 34
106 - Mark Hiles (CC) win by dec. over McTaggart, 6-2
113 - Jared Holzinger (CC) win by fall over Lafine, 5:19
120 - Connor Huston (CC) win by fall over Schunte, 1:11
126 - Alex Friddle (CC) win by fall over Thorne, 2:49
132 - Konetski (Clif) win by fall over Lane Kutemeir, 5:35
138 - Riley Nevin (CC) win by dec. over Beegle, 4-2
145 - Ryan Wasielewski (CC) win by fall over Raines, 1:02
152 - Krumwiede (Clif) win by dec. over TJ Jezik, 8-2
160 - Pace (Clif) win by fall over David Papach, 1:40
170 - Daniel Jezik (CC) win by maj. dec. over Wills, 21-8
182 - Smith (Clif) win by fall over Gage Leake, 1:59
195 - Coggins (Clif) win by fall over Joe Farriols, 1:46
220 - Love (Clif) win by dec. over Brendan Nevin, 7-4
285 - Prairie (Clif) win by fall over Wills Payton, 5:35
Coal City 58, Pontiac 16
106 -Mark Hiles (CC) win by fall over Romero, 3:12
113 - Romero (P) win by fall over Jared Holzinger, 1:41
120 - Brandon Strnad (CC) win by fall over Fogety, :49
126 - Alex Friddle (CC) win by fall over Wiles, 1:28
132 - Smith (P) win by maj. dec. over Lane Kutemeir, 12-3
138 - Riley Nevin (CC) win by fall over Vega, 3:41
145 - Trevor McIntire (CC) win by dec. over Schertz, 7-1
152 - Ryan Wasielewski (CC) win by fall over Giovengo, 1:11
160 - TJ Jezik (CC) win by maj. dec. over Edinger, 14-4
170 - Gage Leake (CC) win by FFT
182 - Daniel Jezik (CC) win by dec. over Lanning, 5-2
195 - Mattern (P) win by fall over Joe Farriols, 1:03
220 - Brendan Nevin (CC) win by fall over Vega, :23
285 - Wills Payton (CC) win by fall over Sullivan, 1:16