Wrestling Tigers suffer
tough defeat at Mattoon

 The Olney Tigers traveled

north to face off

against the Green Wave

of Mattoon on the

wrestling mats.

Tommy Leslie knew

that the Green Wave

would be a tough match.

Mattoon was ranked #21

in the latest Illinois

Wrestling Coaches Association

poll and on the

heels of a Bethalto Tournament


“That was a flat out

battle between two good

high school wrestling

programs,” Leslie said of

the Tigers and the Green

Wave squaring off on the


The Tigers were trying

to get back in the swing

of things after falling just

shy of repeating as tournament

champions at the

Lawrenceville Tournament

over the weekend.

Leslie was looking forward

to seeing how the

Tigers would respond after

the tough finish at

Lawrenceville. The head

man for Olney was

pleased with the result.

“I thought our energy

was there and the effort

from our guys was on

point,” Leslie said about

his scrappers.

The 106 pound bout

opened up the scoring

and went to the home

squad by pinfall jumping

the Green Wave ahead 6-


Coby Haney pinned

Cadin Ackman at 3:45 to

claim the opening bout of

the night.

Rick Wright continued

a good start for the home

team as he pinned Trevor

Bower at the 0:42 mark

of the 113 pound match.

Dylan Ritter battled

but was unable to overcome

Jeremiah Jones

who picked up the win at

120 pounds.

Jones won via major

decision with a 12-2 score

to jump Mattoon out on

top of the Tigers 16-0

thorugh the first three


Reese Britton got Olney

into the scoring column

by picking up a win

at 126 pounds.

Britton shutout Austin

Stortzum for a major decision

victory, 11-0, and

put Olney on the board


Mattoon picked up a

forfeit win at 132 pounds

adding six more to the

Green Wave tally and

putting the host school

ahead 22-4.

Jarrett Fuson continued

to impress Coach

Leslie at the 138 pound

match as a freshman.

“I saw some really good

things out of Jarrett Fuson

that makes me excited

for his future,”said

Leslie of his freshman

138 pounder.

Fuson returned the

Tigers to the winning

ways with a pinfall victory

at the 138 pound


Fuson pinned John

Meyer of Mattoon at the

1:36 mark of their bout to

allow Olney to trim the

gap to 22-10.

Ean Pottorff drew Olney

even closer as the

captain picked up a pinfall

victory over Gavin

Jones at 1:24.

The pinfall victory at

145 pounds placed the

score at 22-16 with Olney

in striking distance.

Jacob Ferguson suffered

a tough defeat at

152 pounds losing by just

a point in a decision finish.

“Fergie wrestled really

well at 152,” Leslie said

about Ferguson despite

the loss. Ferguson and

his opponent Derek

Owens wrestled the closest

match decided by decision.

Owens defeated Ferguson

in that match, 4-3 to

place Mattoon ahead 25-

16.Logan Retzer pinned

Levi Seitzinger at the 160

pound match at the 3:58

mark of the match.

The pinfall victory put

Mattoon ahead 31-16.

Olney still had two

matches that would be

forfeit wins for the Tigers

ahead, which made every

match seem more and

more important as the

dual got later into the


Michael Brown picked

up an important pinfall

over Yunus Tulay at 3:51

of their 170 pound


The Brown pin, placed

the Green wWave ahead


Hunter Summitt

picked up one of the Olney

wins via forfeit at 182

pounds drawing Olney

closer with two more

matches and one more

Olney forfeit win remaining.

Kyle Beasley picked up

the pinfall victory at 195

pounds to trim the Olney

deficit to 28-37.

Beasley pinned the 195

pounder Cayden Collings

from Mattoon at 3:47 of

their bout.

All eyes turned to the

220 pound match between

Olney’s Kyle Dowty

and Mattoon’s Garrett


With a Dowty win, of

any kind, it puts Olney in

at least a tie for the meet

with Olney trailing 37-28

and six points guaranteed

at the 285 pound match

with a forfeit win for the


After a competitive

matchup, Branson was

able to pin Dowty and

pick up the victory for


The Green Wave went

ahead 43-28, and picked

up the match win at 43-

34 after Olney was

awarded the points for

the forfeit.

Skyler Sutton picked up

the win for Olney at the

285 pound match, but it

was not enough as the

Tigers fell to the Green


“We went toe-to-toe

with them and it came

down to the very last

match to decide it,” Leslie

said of the competitive

bout. “We just got beat

by a good team and we

move on to the next one.”


106: Coby Haney (M)

def. Cadin Ackman (O)

by pinfall at 3:45.

113: Rick Wright (M)

def. Trevor Bower (O) by

pinfall at 0:42.

120: Jeremiah Jones

(M) def. Dylan Ritter (O)

by major decision, 12-2.

126: Reese Britton (O)

def. Austin Stortzum (M)

by major decision, 11-0.

132: Hayden Stanely

(M) won via forfeit.

138: Jarrett Fuson (O)

def. John Meyer (M) by

pinfall at 1:36.

145: Ean Pottorff (O)

def. Gavin Jones (M) by

pinfall at 1:24.

152: Derek Owens (M)

def. Jacob Ferguson (O)

by decision, 4-3.

160: Logan Retzer (M)

def. Levi Seitzinger (O)

by pinfall at 3:58.

170: Michael Brown

(M) def. Yunus Tulay (O)

by pinfall at 3:51.

182: Hunter Summitt

(O) won via forfeit.

195: Kyle Beasley (O)

def. Cayden Collings (M)

by pinfall at 3:47.

220: Garrett Branson

(M) def. Kyle Dowty (O)

by pinfall at 3:09.

285: Skyler Sutton (O)

won via forfeit.


The Tigers will have a

quick turnaround when

they return to the mats

facing off against Mt.

Carmel today at home.

The Tigers and Golden

Aces placed in the top

two of the Lawrenceville

Tournament on Saturday

with the Golden Aces

taking home the crown.

“We have our hands full

again tonight with Mt.

Carmel, which will be another

showcase of two of

the better teams in the

area,” Leslie said about

the quick turnaround

against a good opponent.

The match in Olney is

scheduled for a 6:00 pm

start time.