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Bulldogs, Rockets, Panthers heading to dual team state

Feb. 21—Taylorville — Coach Rob Ledin said it was a little rough to start, but after a pep talk in the tunnel, his Mahomet-Seymour wrestling team got it together and punched its ticket to dual team state with a 50-18 victory against Lincoln on Tuesday night at the Class 2A Taylorville Sectional.

"I thought we wrestled with some good intensity," Ledin said. "I think Lincoln really thought they had a chance against us. A lot of people counted us out all year with injuries and our lineup looking a lot different. ... We've really got a good thing going, and no one should really count us out in my opinion."

Gage Decker, Cale Hillard, Brock VanDeveer, Noah Daniels, Gideon Hayter, Lukas Altstetter, Colton McClure, Justus Vrona, Talon Decker and DeAndre Hughey picked up wins for the M-S.

Class 1A LeRoy Sectional

LeRoy/Tri-Valley 43, Canton 22

The Panthers took five wrestlers to the IHSA individual state tournament last week and are right back in the state mix as a team this week. It's taken a few years to get the program to this point, but it's heading in the right direction.

"Coach (Brian) Roberts has done a great job the past three or four years getting enough kids to have a team like this," coach Brady Sant Amour said.

Winners for LeRoy included Brady Mouser, Jimmy Chaon, Kobe Brent, Colton Prosser, Connor McLaughlin, Brock Owens, Connor Lyons, Bo Zeleznik and Jacob Bischoff.

Just a few days after celebrating junior Hunter Eastin's 1A state title at 190 pounds, the Rockets went back to work to get everybody back to state as a team. Coach Logan Patton said his individual state qualifiers did their thing, but the younger wrestlers need to reach the program's higher standard.

"We're just trying to find some tough dudes," Patton said. "I feel like our young guys kind of let the moment get too big. It was nice to see our state qualifiers do the right things, but our tweener guys had a bad team sectional. Did they find ways to win? Yeah, but the standard is the standard. I think they let their emotions and the environment take over. The good news is they found a way to win. The bad news is it wasn't pretty."

Joining Eastin with wins were Travis McCarter, Taylor Finley, Keegan Germano, Kaden Inman, Josh Heath, Ryan Rink and Thayden Root.

Class 1A Benton Sectional

Roxana 33, Oakwood/Salt Fork 30

It came down to the final match of the night, and Oakwood/Salt Fork suffered a pin to fall by just three points. Despite the loss, Steven Uden, Brayden Edwards, Tyler Huchel, Jack Ajster, Carter Chambliss, Grant Brewer and Dalton Brown recorded wins.