Brady Foster and Kiefer Duncan each captured titles in the 24-team Marty Williams wrestling invitational at Mahomet-Seymour High School on Saturday.
Only Mahomet had more champions than Mattoon, which finished eighth. The Bulldogs finished one point behind first-place Naperville Central.
Foster captured the 113-pound title by dominating New Rochelle’s Xavier Villalobos, 9-2 in the championship match to earn his third tourney title this season. The senior is now 23-1 overall. Villalobos dropped to 29-3.
“Brady Foster has a lot of confidence in his abilities and made very little mistakes today,” Mattoon coach Brett Porter said. “He was able to score points throughout the match and get a major decision in the finals.”
Duncan scored the first takedown in beating Chatham-Glenwood’s Aden Byal, 3-1, in the 145-pound championship match to win a third tournament title. He improved to 28-2 overall while Byal fell to 28-5.
“He controlled his opponent with his mat wrestling,” Porter said. “Winning close matches happens with good competition.”
Sophomore Korbin Bateman also reached a championship before getting pinned by Normal West’s Austin Johnston 80 seconds into the 126-pound match. Bateman is now 23-4 overall.
After losing in the semifinals, junior Leo Meyer posted a 5-0 decision over eighth-ranked Colton Crowley of Mahomet to take third and improve to 24-6.
In other weight classes:
- Senior Mick Porter (16-11) placed sixth at 138 pounds.
- Sophomore Aidan Blackburn (21-7) pinned Lincoln’s Dawson McConnell in 2 minutes, 35 seconds to take seventh at 152 pounds
- Freshman Ben Capitosti (14-10) won his seventh-place match, 8-6, at 132-pounds.