WOOD RIVER — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers played host to the Mount Olive Wildcats and the Highland Bulldogs on the wrestling mat Wednesday, but came up a little short.
The 6-3 Bulldogs took top honors with 104 points, while the 6-9 Wildcats took home a solid second place with 81 points and the 2-6 Oilers filled the third spot, scoring 37 points.
"I'm very pleased with how we competed today," Highland head coach Terry Ohren said. "We are a very young team this year, we only have three seniors and one of them is out sick today. Nick Czar (285) is doing great this season, he was out with a torn ACL last year. So far he's still undefeated this year."
EA-WR welcomed Highland in the first round, but the Oilers short roster forced them to fall behind in the heavier weight classes. EA-WR forfeited at 145, 152, 195, 220 and 285. It led to the Bulldogs defeating the Oilers 44-19.
"Everyone is thin on rosters," EA-WR head coach Dave Sobol said. "I think having fewer weight classes for the smaller schools would be a better option, but it is what it is. Everyone's thin right now. I'm very proud of my freshman who came out and got points in four of six matches against Highland. Kincade is looking pretty good, he's been on a bit of roller coaster ride, I think he's 7-5. He had a tough night last night, but came back tonight and did really well. Drew (Sobol) is looking good. He's 15-3 so far this season. Looking forward to the duals this weekend."
Highland and Mount Olive were next to take center stage, with the Bulldogs prevailing 44-36. The Wildcats are following the lead of senior Lee Welch (138) and freshman Maxx Fritz (132) who won both of their matches for Mount Olive against Highland and EA-WR.
"Fritz is actually 23-2 so far this season," Mount Olive head coach Ron Ryan said. "He's only a freshman and we've wrestled with a lot of larger schools. We like wrestling the larger schools, I believe it makes us stronger by facing harder competition. Lee Welch is a senior and he's wrestled all four years. He's 15-9, but he's also faced a lot of state qualifiers from last year. I'm pleased with our performance tonight. Scoring 36 points against Highland and holding them to 44 points, that is pretty good for us."
The Oilers battled Mount Olive, but lost 45-18. Drew Sobol (106) and Zach Kincade (182) earned wins on the mat for the Oilers, while Shane Lindquist (170) received points for a Wildcat forfeit.
The Marquette Explorers joined the Oilers for exhibition match opportunities against the Bulldogs and Wildcats. Senior Dayton Mitchell took a win for the Explorers against Highland's Mason Geiger in the 136-pound weight class.
The Oilers will now play host to the EA-WR Super Duals on Saturday in the Memorial Gymnasium.