CHAMPAIGN — Not only did Mattoon’s wrestlers have a good day at the State Wrestling Finals, Mattoon coach Brett Porter also received recognition.
Porter was honored as a member of the 2019 Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame class at a ceremony preceding Friday's evening semifinal matches.
Porter, a graduate of Mahomet-Seymour high school, has been the Green Wave's coach for 10 seasons. This year, Porter brought five wrestlers to the state tournament and three are still alive and compete in Saturday's wrestlebacks.
"I'm very honored to have been inducted and I'm the third in my family so it has become quite the tradition for us,” said Porter. He joins his father, Tom Porter, and brother, Rob Porter, in the hall.
His father coached back-to-back IHSA wrestling state championship teams at Arlington Heights Hersey in 1971-72 and was elected to the state Hall of Fame in 1983 when Brett was a teenager.
Mattoon’s Kiefer Duncan (33-10) advanced to the wrestleback quarter-finals Friday in the 126-pound weight class with wins over Manny Wallace from Hinsdale and Peyton Timmons from Crystal Lake South. Duncan is to wrestle Kylan Montgomery (38-5) from Mascuota on Saturday.
Hayden Stanley (34-10) also advanced to the wrestleback quarter-finals at 138 pounds with wins over East Peoria’s Tristen Westbay and Rochester’s Mason Ross. Stanley faces Bryce Shelton (37-15) from Woodstock Marion.
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Coby Haney (37-2) won a 12-6 decision over Geneseo’s Anthony Montez to advance to the 106-pound wrestleback quarterfinals. Haney goes up against Niles Notre Dame's Alex Randell (33-13). The newspaper didn’t report Coby Haney’s results from Thursday. Haney beat Evergreen Park's Davion Johnson by an 8-0 major decision before falling to Josh Glover of Woodstock Marion 14-9.
Rick Wright at 113 pounds pinned Tinley Park’s Alfonso Insalaco, but lost a 10-4 decision to Dillon Carlson from Crystal Lake Central. Wright ends the season with a 29-15 record.
Jeremiah Jones lost to North Chicago’s Jeremiah Duty in the wrestlebacks, in the 132-pound class ending his season at 32-11.
"We had a pretty good round and three of us are onto the quarterfinals. I couldn't really be prouder with this young group of a freshman, a sophomore and a junior who are all looking for a medal and they will need to step up and take care of business,” said Porter. "Kiefer didn't come into it with wide eyes; he knew that he had a tough draw and he focused on wrestling his type of match. Duncan lost to Kylan Montgomery from Mascoutah at sectionals and so I think he is motivated for that match and he has the momentum going his way right now. And as a freshman, he doesn't really have a lot of expectations to live up to.
"Hayden had a sudden victory and he had two really close matches and was able to pull out his first match in overtime. He's our junior on his third trip to state so he helps out with the other wrestlers about getting weighed in and what to expect.
"Coby Haney, at 106, won 12-6 and he pretty much dominated the match. He had a tough loss yesterday (a 14-9 decision to Josh Glover of West Marion) and he was able to gather himself and win today."
Charleston’s Trey Pearcy (30-5) got a major decision over Emmett Connelly from Brother Rice, but lost to Freeport’s Markel Baker in a 5-4 ultimate tiebreaker.