Playing without top scorer Trey Woolsey (out for two technicals against AFC), Oregon almost pulled off the upset in Genoa, falling to the Cogs 47-41 on Friday night.
Trailing the entire game, the Hawks had a chance to tie it 36-36, but missed a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter.
Dalton Hermes, who led Oregon with 17 points, tallied the final eight points for the Hawks to keep his team within reach.
“We played hard, and that’s all you can ask for,” Oregon coach Quinn Virgil said “We stayed in the game all night, and that’s tough to do against a team as physical as they are.”
Polo native Corey Jenkins was honored before the game with a plaque for becoming Genoa-Kingston’s all-time winningest coach with 231 wins, eclipsing the mark set by Fran Noyes.
Hall 65, Prophetstown 60: The Red Devils beat the Prophets in a TRAC East tilt in Spring Valley.
Rockets split in Orion: Rock Falls defeated Fulton 44-35, but lost to the host Chargers 44-27 in a triangular.
Noah Bellini won by pin and decision at 195 pounds as the Rockets’ only winner of two contested matches. Adam Meenen (132), Noah Schuler (182) and Browdie Benti (220) all added pins against Orion. Brayden Tarbill (113), Iziah James (126) and Reiley Dowd (138) added pins against the Steamers, while Marcus Mendoza (120) and Butch Elder won major decisions.
For Fulton, Eli Pannell had a pair of pins at 195 & 220, while Max Pannell had a pin at 195 vs. Rock Falls and a decision win at 220 agaisnt Orion. Tony Heinitz won by pin and tech fall at 170, and Tyler Fleetwood won by pin and major decision at 145. Ethan Rash added a pin at 160 against the Rockets.
Comets swept in Kewanee: Newman lost a pair of duals on the road, falling to Alleman 30-22 and the host Boilermakers 54-30.
Cael Sanders (145 pounds) and Nick Eddinger (285) both notched two pins for the Comets, while Kyle Tunink (120) won by pin and major decision. Mason Newman (170) and Ryan Heffelfinger (220) added pins against Kewanee, and Brody Ivey (152) recorded a pin against Alleman.
Byron 39, Erie-Prophetstown 30: In a dual that came down to the end, the Panthers lost by pin and forfeit in the final two matches to give the Tigers the victory.
EP led 30-27 after Chris Bonnell’s pin at 126 pounds, but could not hang on. Garrett Passmore (160) also won by pin, and Mat Garrison (170) and Gabe Friedrichsen (182) won by decision.