OILERS WIN PAIR — Score two for the East Alton-Wood River mat team. The Oilers defeated rival Roxana, 36-33 and Carlyle, 42-28 in a triangular Tuesday at Memorial Gym. The Shells downed Carlyle, 54-21.
The Oilers improved to 9-7 and continued their ascent, according to coach Dave Sobol.
“I can’t remember the last time we beat Roxana and CM in the same season,” he pointed out. The Oilers defeated the Eagles, 48-24, on Saturday in the EA-WR Super Duals.
Jon Wright’s 3-2 victory over Roxana’s Owen Robinson at heavyweight decided the match and gave the Oilers their victory.
“Jon is a first year wrestler, but he’s doing a heck of a job for us,” said Sobol.
Drew Sobol (113), Zac Blasioli (152) and Zach Kincade (195) all won twice to spur the Oilers. Sobol improved to 24-3, Blasioli lifted his record to 24-1 and Kincade shot to 14-5.
“They have been constants for us and served as our leaders,” Sobol said.
Jordan Katzmarek (106), James Henseler (126), Jarod Foiles (132), Alex Maguire (138), Drew Huff (170) and Brett Nyswonger (220) scored double wins for the Shells.
CM WINS, ROXANA FALLS IN TOURNEY — Civic Memorial advanced to the semifinals of the 49th annual Litchfield Tournament by shading defending champion Greenville, 54-47.
However, Roxana wasn’t as fortunate. The fourth-seeded Shells lost to Mount Zion, 72-56 and will play in the fifth-place bracket. They face Greenville at 6 p.m. Thursday. Both the 12-7 Shells and the 10-8 Comets are 1-1 at Litchfield.
Brett Lane’s 10 points led CM, shooting for its fifth Litchfield title since 2004. The Eagles last won it in 2014.
Adam Hill and David Lane pitched in nine points apiece, while Brandon Hampton added eight points. David Lane collected five assists and five rebounds for the 13-4 Eagles, who made 22 of 47 shots, including 4 treys. They sank 6 of 13 free throws.
The Shells’ Trace Gentry did all he could in the team’s loss to Mount Zion. The senior scored a game-best 28 points and also snared 8 rebounds. Gentry hit 5 of 11 shots from 3-point range. He also had 2 steals.
Teammate Zach Golenor scored 10 points, while Blake Vandiver collected 7 points and 7 assists. Roxana trailed 22-16 at the end of the first quarter, 37-25 at half and 52-44 after three quarters. Mount Zion then outscored the Shells 20-12 in the fourth quarter.
Top-seeded CM meets fifth-rated Mount Zion at 6 p.m. Friday in the first semifinals. It’ll be second-ranked Metro East Lutheran of Edwardsville tangling with sixth-seeded Taylorville at 7:30 p.m. All four of those teams are 2-0 in the tourney.
The championship contest is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
East Alton-Wood River also is competing at Litchfield. The Oilers battle at 6 p.m. Thursday in Panther Gym. The Roxana-Greenville game at the same time inside Simmons Gym.
WARRIORS BOW IN TRIAD TOURNEY — Riverview Gardens, Mo., started quickly and never let up in walloping Granite City, 71-45, in the opening game of the Triad Mid-Winter Classic.
Ron Allen scored 14 points and Jake Roustio added 11 points for the Warriors, who dropped to 9-8. They were still without 6-foot-1 injured senior Kenny Berry, their top gun. Granite City is idle at Triad until it plays Highland at 6 p.m. Friday. Berry is expected to return for that game.
Host Triad defeated Marion, 64-54, in the second game of the Mid-Winter Classic. Tourney play resumes Wednesday with Marion battling Gateway Tech of St. Louis at 6 p.m. and Highland challenging 6-9 Riverview Gardens at 7:30 p.m.
The tourney continues through Saturday, with the championship game slated for 7:30.
EAGLES DEFEAT REDBIRDS — Three first-period goals enabled Bethalto to best Alton, 4-2 in Class 1A MVCHA competition at the East Alton Ice Arena.
The Eagles led 3-1 after the first period and never looked back. Both teams recorded goals in the second period and neither squad scored in the third period.
It was the second win in two nights for Bethalto, which shaded EA-WR, 5-4, on Monday.
Konnar Loewen scored three goals and Gage Wendle notched the other goal for the 9-9 Eagles. Zack Hunter and Tanner St. Peters each contributed a goal and assist for the 9-9 Redbirds. Goalie Caleb Currie made 50 saves, but it wasn’t enough.
ALTON ROLLS BY GRANITE CITY — The Alton Redbirds and Granite City Warriors met in a Southwestern Conference girls' bowling dual on Tuesday at Airport Bowl in Bethalto with the Birds prevailing.
Alton topped the Warriors 2,723 to 1,995 to win the dual.
Eryka Graham of the Redbirds led all bowlers with a 643 series and rolled the highest game with a 243. Courtney Awalt paced GCHS with a 484 series. She also had the best game with an 182.