MAHOMET — Eight Mattoon and three Charleston wrestlers are set to compete in the Illinois High School Association Class 2A sectional which is to start at 5 p.m. Friday and continue starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The top four in each weight class advance to the state tournament, which is to run Feb. 14-16 at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Competing for Mattoon are seniors Derek Owens (145-pound weight class), Tucker Overton (152) and Ethan Budde (220). The lone junior is Hayden Stanley (138), while the sophomores are Coby Haney (106), Rick Wright (113) and Jeremiah Jones (132) as well as one freshman in Kiefer Duncan (126).
For Charleston three juniors in Trey Pearcy (113), Joseph Perez (132) and Brayden Doyle (182) are to compete.
Haney is 32-1 and is the top wrestler in his weight class and No. 4 in the state according to www.illinoismatmen.com. Haney awaits the winner of the Lawrence Trimble (Mount Zion) vs. Liam Potenberg (Champaign Central) for a quarterfinal contest. Trimble is 12-6 and a freshman, while Potenberg is 27-10 and also a freshman.
The top seed on the other bracket for a possible semifinal match is Troy Triads' Chase Hall, a freshman, who is 29-8.
The other two wrestlers that received a bye to the quarterfinals are Taylorville's Ben Thompson (21-13) and Champaign Centennial's Cajaun Johnson (26-7).
Wright is 24-10 and faces Jacksonville's Ian Fraas, who is 21-11. The winner is to go against Melvin Rodgers of East St. Louis, who is 26-4.
Duncan, 27-7, received a bye in the 126 weight class and awaits the winner of Bethalto Civic Memorial's Caine Tyus (32-7) vs. Mount Zion's Tristin Garrett (32-9).
The other wrestlers with byes are Nick Kotiw (29-7) of Mount Zion; Rochester's Logan Peters (28-0) and Mascoutah's Kylan Montgomery (31-4), who received honorable mention status in the latest rankings.
Jones is 28-7 and is to wrestle Springfield Lanphier's Austin Payton, who is 23-2. The winner is to face Tyreese Smith, 26-9, of Danville in the 132-pound weight class.
Stanley received a bye in the 138-pound weight class and is 27-6. He awaits the winner of the Mason Ross (29-5) vs. Keddrick Terhune (23-15) of Rantoul in the quarterfinals.
Other wrestlers who received a bye are Bethalto Civic Memorial's Colton Carlisle (24-14), Springfield's Jacquez Stewart (13-1) and Mahomet-Seymour's Chance Decker (27-14).
Owens, 22-1, is to wrestle Cahokia's Jalon Strong (19-12) with the winner taking on Mount Zion's Lukas Eagle (26-6) in the quarterfinals in the 145-pound class.
Overton, 16-12, is to wrestle Gage Granadino, 30-14, of Mahomet-Seymour with the winner taking on Zeke Waltz of Jerseyville, who is 29-4.
In the 220-pound weight class, Budde is to wrestle Rochester's Connor Sweeney (20-9) with the winner to wrestle Cahokia's Jacob Bullock (27-0) and the top wrestler in the state.
Pearcy, 26-1, is to go against the winner of Tanner Schranz (29-15) of Highland vs. Owen Straub (10-6) of Mahomet-Seymour. Pearcy is the No. 6 wrestler in the state.
Kooper Loehr of Mount Zion, who is 38-1, and the top wrestler in the state, is a possible semifinal match for Pearcy.
Carter Hall of Champaign Central (33-4) and Rogers of East St. Louis are the other wrestlers who received a bye to the quarterfinals.
In the 132-pound weight class, Perez, 11-19, takes on Springfield's Danny Stewart, 26-6 with the winner to wrestle Highland's Colton Brown, 26-12 in the quarterfinals.
Doyle is 21-8 and awaits the winner of the Daunte Roberts (19-15) of Mahomet-Seymour vs. David Polaski (21-16) of Mascoutah.
Other wrestlers in the 182-pound weight class are Mount Zion's Ryder Marshall (30-1), Troy Triad's Kaleb Port (31-6) and Urbana's Trenton Woods (14-8).