By Zach Kingston, OHS Torch Reporter
The Olympia Spartans wrestling team bounced back from a loss in the semifinals, to pound Beardstown in the state third place match, in which they won by nearly 50 points.
The Spartans came back and won the third place title after losing in the semifinals to a touted Wilmington team. The Spartans pummeled Beardstown to win the third place title.
Throughout the day the Spartans were led by Mason Moore who pinned all three of the kids he faced during the day. The Spartans were also led by Lane Litwiller, Dawson Swindle and Jesse Behm.
When asked about how they felt to come off a loss and win third place, Senior Dawson Swindle said, “it felt great to come back from a loss and beat Beardstown the way we did. The semifinals were a tough loss but I just wanted to come back and give everything I had and win my last match.”
When asked the same question sophomore Wesley Litwiller said, “it felt pretty good.”
The Spartans went into the day as the 4th ranked team in their class. The Spartans came away with a third place trophy and the first state trophy for Olympia High School since 2009.
Senior Jake Short said, “it felt great to go out with a bang” when asked about coming off a loss and winning third place.
In the first match the wrestlers faced a very good Rock Falls team and beat them quite easily. Then going into the second match, the semifinal match, the Spartans came back from an early deficit to make it a close match but ultimately came up short. In their third place match the Spartans blew out Beardstown. The Spartans got nine total pins which is practically unheard of.