Mattoon’s Brady Foster took second place in the Illinois Wrestling and Officials Association state wrestling tournament held in Springfield on Friday.
The Green Wave junior lost 4-2 to Joliet Central Catholic’s Gylon Sims in the Class 2A 106-pound championship match.
In his earlier matches, Foster had relinquished only one point to his opponents.
Foster defeated St. Patrick’s Olin Walker in just 32 seconds in his first match before dominating Rock Island’s Daniel McGhee, 8-0, in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he beat Antioch’s Edgar Albino, 6-1.
“He (Brady) has really improved his defense and ability to score off his opponents’ attempts,” Mattoon coach Brett Porter said. “As one of the hardest workers in practices, Brady has the ability to be aggressive the entire match.”
Mattoon finished 16th overall at the BOS Center.
Kiefer Duncan and Kyus Root also each pinned their first-round opponents in the first period.
Duncan, a junior, recorded a fall in 1 minute 32 seconds before losing in the quarterfinals, 4-3, to take sixth overall at 152 pounds.
Root, a sophomore, pinned his opponent 1:12 into his opening match before getting eliminated 9-1 in the Round of 16.
All three state qualifiers will return next season.