Shelbyville's Helton, Cumberland's Carpenter and Zike qualify for state
VANDALIA — Shelbyville had one wrestler advance to state and Cumberland had two wrestlers advance to the 1A state wrestling tournament after Saturday's sectional.
Shelbyville's Cade Helton finished in third place at 152 pounds. Helton started Saturday with a 7-2 decision over Murphysboro's Jeremey Norris in the consolation bracket. Helton then got an 8-0 major decision over Roxana's Logan Carpenter to advance to the consolation semifinals. Helton punched his ticket to state with a 5-2 decision over Monticello's Jack Spence. Then Helton finished in third place at 152 pounds with a pin in 5:31 over Carlinville's Tucker Hughes.
Cumberland's Michael Carpenter finished in third place at 145 pounds. Carpenter started the day with a loss in the semifinals to Murphysboro's Ryan Chambers by an 8-4 decision. Carpenter bounced back in the consolation semifinals and picked up a 13-8 decision over Harrisburg's Chandler Bowling to punch his ticket to state. Carpenter then won a 7-5 decision over Litchfield's Tyler Thiessen in the third-place match.
Cumberland's Rayce Zike finished in fourth place at 120 pounds. Zike pinned Shelbyville's Luke Brown in 1:04 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals. Brown, a junior, finished the season with a 23-15 record. He then pinned Oakwood's Connor Hutson in 1:37 and got to state with a pin in 1:09 over West Frankfort's Lucas Willmore in the consolation semifinals. Zike lost a 6-3 decision to Litchfield's Will Carlile in the third-place match.
Also for Cumberland, at 126 pounds, Blayne Donsbach was pinned by Althoff Catholic's Chase Bittle in the semifinals and then was pinned by Oakwood's Garrett Lashuay in 1:42 in the consolation semifinals. Donsbach, a sophomore, finishes the season with a 27-18 record.
At 152 pounds, senior Frank Nichols lost by a 19-5 technical fall to Althoff Catholic's Joe Braunagel. Nichols finished the season with a 23-21 record. At 160 pounds, sophomore Kade Warner was pinned in 1:33 by Lawrenceville's Jesus Cancino. Warner finished the season with a 17-17 record.
At 170 pounds, senior Coltin Scott picked up a 14-3 major decision over Pinckneyville's Luke Zelasko in the consolation right before being pinned by Fairfield's Alex King in 2:55. Scott finished with a 20-15 record.
Cumberland pulls away from WSS
TOLEDO — Cumberland jumped out to a 17-9 lead on WSS in the first quarter, but the Hatchets were within 4 points going into the fourth quarter. Cumberland outscored WSS 17-10 in the fourth quarter to pick up a 54-43 win on Saturday at LOVC/NTC Shootout.
Tyson Magee had 15 points for Cumberland (18-6), and Zach Wolke added 10 points.
For WSS (12-13), Isaac Kramer had 14 points, and Christian Kessler had 10 points.
Neoga defeats Villa Grove/Heritage
TOLEDO — Neoga held Villa Grove/Heritage to 17 points in the second half and picked up a 48-37 win Saturday at the LOVC/NTC Shootout.
Reece Johnson led Neoga (12-11) with 14 points, Caleb Hill had 12 points and Drew Ramert scored 10 points.
Martinsville beats Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City
TOLEDO — Martinsville scored 26 points in the first quarter for a 15-point lead and held onto the double-digit lead for a 59-47 win over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Saturday at the LOVC/NTC Shootout.
Dalton Rollings led Martinsville (6-18) with 28 points, and he hit nine free throws. Garron Haenig scored 18 points.
A-L-A-H falls to St. Elmo/Brownstown
TOLEDO — St. Elmo/Brownstown jumped out to an 18-9 lead in the first quarter and went on to beat Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 55-45 Saturday at the LOVC/NTC Shootout.
Colton Romine had a double-double for A-L-A-H with 13 points and 15 rebounds and added three blocks. Will Cohan had 12 points and five rebounds, Kobe Wells had 8 points and six rebounds and Adam Day had 8 points and five rebounds.
South Central beats Arcola
TOLEDO — Arcola stuck with South Central for three quarters, but was held to 8 points in the fourth quarter as South Central pulled away for a 64-47 win on Saturday at the LOVC/NTC Shootout.
Myles Roberts had 15 points for Arcola (6-18), and Hugo Garza added 11 points in the loss.
Tri-County falls to Altamont
TOLEDO — Altamont jumped out to a 22-11 lead against Tri-County in the first quarter and cruised to a 68-38 win on Saturday at the LOVC/NTC Shootout.
Mason Hutchinson led Tri-County (7-19) with 16 points.
Okaw Valley game canceled
TOLEDO — Okaw Valley was scheduled to face Dieterich in the final game of the LOVC/NTC Shootout on Saturday but the game was canceled.
AOC finishes in fourth place
KANKAKEE — Arthur Okaw Christian was held to 7 points in the fourth quarter and lost 42-35 to Victory Christian in the third-place game of the ACSI tournament. Lindsey Mast had 6 points and five steals in the loss.
AOC won the consolation game 57-47 over Kankakee Grace to advance to the third-place game. Savanna Spitz had 11 rebounds, and Lillian Messmore had 15 points and six assists. Lyla Kauffman had 23 points and six 3-pointers.