The Ottawa wrestling team had a strong first day Friday at the 50th annual Lyle King Princeton Invitational Tournament.
The Pirates advanced four wrestlers through to this morning’s quarterfinals, while Ottawa also has four grapplers alive in wrestlebacks.
The host Tigers have two grapplers left, with just one in the quarterfinals.
For Ottawa, 132-pounder Devon Jones, 138-pounder Daniel Close, 220-pounder Cyrano Rayfield and 285-pounder Sean Taulbee all won their lone match Friday to advance, while Princeton’s 152-pounder Drew Pranka is alive after winning his match.
A win in the quarterfinal would advance wrestlers to Saturday’s 2 p.m. semifinals. Finals are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Still alive in wrestlebacks for Ottawa is 120-pounder Christian Boswell, 126-pounder Maddie Mach, 160-pounder Billy Moore and 182-pounder Paul Turner, while Princeton’s Tim Hillard is still competing at 126-pounds.
Hall 63, Lowpoint-Washburn 29
The Red Devils had little trouble dispatching the Wildcats in Friday’s Tri-County Conference game in Washburn.
Hall built a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and held L-W to just two points in the second quarter. In all, the Red Devils outscored L-W 37-15 in the middle two quarters.
Brett Fanning scored a game-high 15 points for Hall, while Erick Fuentes and Matt Briddick both chipped in 10 points.
Fieldcrest 65, LeRoy 47
The Knights received 18 points from Brady Sanders and 15 points from Kyle Crowley as they rolled to the Heart of Illinois Conference win Friday in LeRoy.
Fieldcrest held a 13-9 cushion after the first quarter before it took over in the second when it outscored LeRoy 21-9 to take a 34-18 head at half.
Cole Klendworth added nine points for the Knights, while Jackson Puetz chipped in eight points and Drew Barth seven points.
Marquette 66, Midland 40
Elliot Kowalski scored a game-high 24 points as the Crusaders rolled to the TCC win Friday in Varna.
Curtiss Johnson chipped in 10 points for Marquette, which was 14-for-18 from the foul line.
Kewanee 62, Bureau Valley 53
A Parker Neuhalfen layup gave the Storm its first lead of the game at 34-33 lead in the third quarter, but the Boilermakers responded with an 11-0 run to take back the lead and eventually the Three Rivers Athletic Conference game Friday in Manlius.
Frank Gebeck scored a team-high 15 points for BV (12-8, 2-3 TRAC), while Neuhalfen added 12 points and Tommy Johnston 11.
Kewanee (11-3, 5-0) started the game 10-for-11 from the floor.
Peoria Christian 53, DePue 42
The Little Giants fell behind 21-7 and 35-19 at half in the TCC game Friday in DePue.
Jose Raya scored a team-high 14 points for DePue (4-5, 1-3 TCC), while Isaac Mendez added 13 points.
Somonauk 59, LaMoille-Ohio 37
Brandon Morris scored a game-high 16 points but it wasn’t enough as the Lions fell in the Little Ten Conference game in LaMoille.
Anthony Lovgren contributed eight points for L-O.
Rockford Lutheran 68, Mendota 59
Tied at 44 after three quarters, the Lady Trojans were outscored 24-15 in the fourth quarter as they fell in Rockford in the key Big Northern Conference West Division game.
Sophomore Amy Devitt scored 28 points for MHS, while sophomore Brooke Carroll added 11 points.