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Wildcat wrestlers shatter season record, will head to IHSA sectional tomorrow

  • The Marion Wildcat wrestlers took 2nd at the IHSA regional and will head to Mascoutah tomorrow for a sectional showdown.

    The Marion Wildcat wrestlers took 2nd at the IHSA regional and will head to Mascoutah tomorrow for a sectional showdown.
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Posted on 2/14/2020, 12:01 AM

MARION -- The Marion High School wrestling team has left nothing on the mat this season.

"We've had a great run," said head coach Darren Lindsey.

The Cats finished the regular season as the South 7 Conference champs and shattered the school record for dual meet wins, finishing the regular season with a dual meet record of 32-5.

The old record was 25.

The 32 dual wins ties the Cats for 7th all-time in the IHSA.

In IHSA regional action last weekend, the Cats faced 18-ranked Mattoon.

"We knew it would take a huge effort to knock off the Green Wave," said Lindsey.

The Cats fought hard, but came up short, settling for a second-place finish, scoring 168 points to Mattoon's 205.

The top three wrestlers in each weight class advance to the Mascoutah sectional tomorrow. The Wildcats finished with seven qualifiers as well as four individual champions.

Winning a regional title for the Wildcats were, at 126, Gaige Owens (43-3), at 138, Nate Dampier (34-5), at 182, River Flute (42-3), and at 285, Kanye Gunn (35-13).

Gage Kent took second at 106 while Aden White (145) and Clayton Tanner (170) both took third.

The Cats had four wrestlers finish in fourth place and are alternates for the sectional. They were Brennan Vogt, Allen Abernathy, Daniel Gilley, and Eli Writes.