Sisters Alaynia and Maddaline Bryant, each from Charleston High, advanced to the state IWCOA Fresh-Soph girls wrestling tournament set for next weekend in Springfield.
High school wrestlers who did not qualify for the individual IHSA state meet are eligible to compete in this event, which is run by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.
Alaynia Bryant captured the 120-pound division Sunday while her older sister, Maddaline, battled through wrestlebacks to earn her spot in the 106-pound division at the Mahomet Regional.
Maddaline will take on Leilany Deleon of Morton (Cicero) in her first-round matchup at 106 pounds, which features 16 competitors. Alaynia Bryant takes on Vandalia’s Taylor Dothager at 120 pounds.
Charleston’s Robert Rigg pinned Centennial’s Braylen Lewis in 2 minutes, 37 seconds to capture the 285-pound regional title in the boys division.
Three Mattoon wrestlers will join Rigg in the boys state meet. Logan Blackburn captured the 132-pound division in the Heyworth Regional on Sunday while teammates Kyus Root (170) and Leo Meyer (195) also advanced to the state meet, taking second and fourth, respectively.
“I was giving it all I had,” Blackburn said. “Walking away with first is an amazing feeling. There was some tough matches, but I’m ready to give all I’ve got next weekend.”
Logan Blackburn will face Cameron Knepper of Lincolnway West at 132, Kyus Root (Mattoon) takes on Lake Zurich’s Dan Hull at 170 and Leo Meyer competes against Sheldon Kinzer (Evanston) at 195.