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The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team was already assured of a win against Rantoul Township High School when the two teams met on Jan. 8.
The host Falcons made sure they did so in overwhelming fashion, beating the visiting Eagles 71-9 in Gibson City.
RTHS forfeited seven weight classes — 106, 113, 126, 132, 170, 195 and 285 pounds — and GCMS/Fisher won five of the seven matches that were wrestled.
“We had tough losses at 152 and 220, but overall I was pretty pleased with the way the guys wrestled,” GCMS/Fisher head coach Josh Carter said. “I didn’t think we looked past Rantoul at all. We tried to stay focused on what our goals are and came out and performed well.”
GCMS/Fisher junior Cameron Schwing pinned freshman Zach Gottlieb in 52 seconds at 120 while Falcons senior Chet McClure won in 3:41 via a technical fall against RTHS freshman CJ Gottlieb at 138.
Falcons senior Dion Unzicker pinned junior Cody Pierce in 4:22 at 145 while senior Darren Eckerty pinned RTHS junior Hunter Adkins in 2:57 at 160 and at 182, GCMS/Fisher senior Jake Shubert pinned junior Tevin Rodgers in 5:27.
The Eagles picked up a win at 152 after junior Javen Cobb won a 9-6 decision against freshman Tristan Smith while senior Mitch Williams pinned freshman Jeremy Smolek in 2:46 at 220.
The win improved the Falcons to 16-6 before they hosted Danville on Tuesday night (results unavailable at press time).
GCMS/Fisher is scheduled to take part in the Bob Mitton Tournament at Orion this weekend, with action beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday before continuing at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday.
The Falcons will then start the final week of the regular season by hosting Coal City at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
“Right now, we’ve kind of communicated with the guys that our focus and our goal is to win a regional championship,” Carter said. “From a team standpoint, if we don’t accomplish that goal, our season’s over. We’re trying to prepare every day in competition and in practice to win a regional championship. We know that it’s going to be a tough task to do, but I think if we wrestle like we’re capable of, we can accomplish that goal.”