Five from Mattoon one from Charleston advance to state wrestling meet
MAHOMET — In the Class 2A wrestling Sectional, Mattoon's Coby Haney, Rick Wright, Kiefer Duncan, Jeremiah Jones and Hayden Stanley along with Charleston's Trey Pearcy all punched their tickets to the Illinois High School Association state wrestling meet set to start Thursday at the University of Illinois' State Farm Center in Champaign.
"We are ecstatic today," said Mattoon coach Brett Porter. "We had a great tournament and had five of our eight wrestlers get through. I believe five is the most we have had in school history."
The six did so by finishing in the top four of their respective weight classes.
In the 106-pound class, Haney won the championship beating Champaign Centennial's Cajaun Johnson by a 7-1 decision after beating Troy Triad's Chase Hall by a 4-3 decision in the semifinals. Haney is 35-1 and ranked No. 4 in his weight class, according to www.illnoismatmen.com.
Wright, who wrestles in the 113-pound weight class, finished fourth after reaching the third-place match with a pin of Champaign Centennial's Cam McMullen in four minutes. He lost the third-place match to No. 5 Trey Pearcy of Charleston in a 13-3 major decision. Wright is 27-12.
Duncan reached the championship of the 126-pound weight class with an 8-0 major decision over Zion White of East St. Louis in the semifinal. He lost in the championship to Mascoutah's Kylan Montgomery, who is among the honorable mention wrestlers in the state in his weight class, by a 6-0 decision. Duncan is 29-8.
Jones, 32-7, won the 132-pound weight class beat Marion's Nate Dampier by a 7-3 decision in the championship after pinning Highland's Colton Brown in 31 seconds in the semifinals.
"This is the first tournament I have won in high school and it really makes me feel good," said Jones, a sophomore. "I really stepped up my game. I can't wait for state. I want to get there now and get my matches done and win them."
Stanley, who is an honorable mention wrestler in the state in his weight class, reached the third-place match in the 138-pound weight class with a 5-2 decision over Mahomet-Seymour's Chance Decker. Stanley, a junior, is 30-8 and lost by a 5-2 decision to Troy Triad's Will Hillard in the third-place match.
Kiefer is a freshman, while Haney and Wright are sophomores.
"We are pretty young," said Porter. "For Duncan (Kiefer) to come in as a freshman and take second place in this tournament is pretty amazing. He put together a fantastic tournament."
As for the state tournament Porter said, "We want to finish as strong as we can this year but the possibilities of what we have coming up are fantastic."
Pearcy, the No. 5 wrestler in the state in the 113-pound weight class, improved to 29-2 and placed third with a 13-3 major decision over Mattoon's Rick Wright. After losing to No. 1 ranked Kooper Loher of Mount Zion by just a 5-4 decision in the semifinals Pearcy beat East St. Louis's Melvin Rodgers by a 4-1 decision.
Mattoon beats Madison at T-Town Shootout
TEUTOPOLIS — Mattoon defeated Madison Saturday 72-69 in the T-Town Shootout.
Mattoon guards Jadyn Princko, Jaydon Noe and Jacob Spitz combined for 61 points. Spitz made a pair of free throws to give the Green Wave a three-point lead with 10 seconds left.
"Our defense had a great last possession for the last 10 seconds and didn't even allow them to take a shot," Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said.
Mattoon is now 18-6 and has won three straight. The Green Wave host Teutopolis (23-5) in a non-conference game on Tuesday.