Brady Foster and Jeremiah Jones recorded two pins apiece to help Mattoon sweep two matches and secure its first Apollo Conference wrestling championship since 2017.
The Green Wave beat Mt. Zion, 38-27, and Lincoln, 46-24, on Tuesday night in Springfield to finish the conference season 6-0 and improve to 17-2 overall. Mattoon has now won 17 straight dual meets.
Foster pinned his Mt. Zion opponent 1 minute, 28 seconds into his match at 106 pounds, and then moved up to 113 pounds to record a pin in only 16 seconds against Lincoln.
Jones posted pins in 20 seconds at 145 pounds against Mt Zion and in 1 minute at 138 pounds in the second match.
Gavin Jones, meanwhile, posted a pin and a major decision. Coby Haney and Mick Porter also won two matches Tuesday night.
“Our team was definitely focused on finishing the season strong, and winning conference was a great ending,” said Mattoon coach Brett Porter.
Mattoon hosts the Class 2A regional meet on Feb. 8, which will include Charleston, Carbondale, Centralia, Decatur Eisenhower, Decatur MacArthur, Marion and Mt. Vernon high schools.
“Hosting Regionals will give us a lot of motivation to succeed,” Porter said. “We hope to qualify as many as possible to sectionals in Mascoutah. If the individuals take care of business, the team will take care of itself.”
Mattoon 38, Mt Zion 27
106 Foster (M) pin Lybarger 1:28
113 Haney (M) forfeit
120 Porter (M) mdec Trimble 17-4
126 Garrett (MTZ) dec Blackburn 8-2
132 Wright (M) pin Tanner Garrett 2:30
138 Duncan (M) pin Bowling 3:34
145 Jeremiah Jones (M) pin Mason :20
152 Eagle (MTZ) dec Stanley 5-4
160 Gavin Jones (M) mdec Turner 12-3
170 Owens (MTZ) dec Root 4-3
182 Ledbetter (MTZ) fft
195 Maulding (MTZ) pin Meyer 1:28
220 Velio (MTZ) fft
285 double forfeit
Mattoon 46, Lincoln 24
106 double forfeit
113 Foster (M) pin Walters :16
120 Haney (M) major dec Decker 9-1
126 Porter (M) forfeit
132 Bree (L) dec Wright (M) 6-11
138 Jeremiah Jones (M) pin Graham 1:00
145 O’Donoghue (L) dec Duncan 5-0
152 Stanley (M) pin Sweitzer :57
160 Gavin Jones (M) pin Ladage 3:56
170 Root (M) pin Gellner :57
182 Yeates (L) fft
195 Guzzardo (L) fft
220 Meyer (M) pin Daniels 3:59
285 Benninger (L) forfeit
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