By Joe Gisondi

Mike Stanley says it was odd coaching against his former school.

Not only has the second-year Charleston wrestling coach competed for MHS, Stanley has coached, in his estimation, about 80 percent of the current Green Wave squad at the middle school or club levels.

“It’s definitely a little weird,” Stanley said. “But it’s kind of fun to see the wrestlers we did coach do well.”

You could say the Green Wave did OK at the MHS gym in a meet against both Lincoln and Charleston. Mattoon, ranked No. 20 at Class 2A, did not lose a single match and posted seven pins on a senior night filled with forfeits. Charleston, meanwhile, lost its other dual match to Mahomet, 82-0.

In a 58-6 dual victory over the Trojans, the Green Wave won three matches by forfeit and four others were double-forfeits. In the seven matches where wrestlers did face off, Mattoon recorded four pins, two major decisions and a win in an odd default at 285 pounds where an opponent was called for, likely inadvertent, biting. Plus, Aidan Spurgeon walked across the mat to start the 220-pound match, immediately took down his opponent and had a pin within nine seconds.

“You know, for us, it comes down to everybody doing their job, and that’s what everybody’s doing,” Mattoon coach Brett Porter said. “Just wrestling to their ability. And the scores can take care of itself. So if everybody does their job, then I think we’re going to be fine.”

Kiefer Duncan, ranked No. 5 in the state at 145 pounds, defeated No. 17 Isaac Decker, 3-0, to highlight Mattoon’s 50-18 dual-match win over Lincoln. Brady Foster, ranked No. 4 at 113 pounds, pinned Koehler in 1 minutes 15 seconds after moving up to 120 pounds.

The Green Wave won their other five matches on the mat, three by pin. MHS also forfeited three matches, won two by forfeit and had one double-forfeit.

Mattoon seniors Mick Porter (left), Kiefer Duncan and Aidan Spurgeon chat about the team’s goals heading into the postseason.

Mattoon takes on No. 6 Mahomet next week in a match likely to determine the Apollo Conference champion.

The team is also focused on the IHSA Regional tournament set for Feb. 5 where the winning team earns a berth in the state duals and individual wrestlers advance to sectionals the following week at Mahomet-Seymour High.

“Everything that we do in practice, everything that we work out here is for postseason,” said Mick Porter, who earned two victories Tuesday night.

Said Duncan: “We’re just sharpening our tools, getting our minds ready for the postseason is all we really care about right now.”

Photos by Chet Piotrowski


106 – double forfeit

113 – Woolcot (M) pin Bryant, :44

120 – Foster (M) won by forfeit

126 – Bateman (M) won by forfeit

132 – Capitosti (M) won by forfeit

138 – double forfeit

145 – Porter (M) pin Coffey, 1:47

152 – Duncan (M) major decision Shrader, 20-2

160 – Blackburn (M) major decision Sellers, 21-4

170 – Alexander (M) pin Wiley, 1:14

182 – double forfeit

195 – double forfeit

220 – Spurgeon (M) pin Boling, :09

285 – Meyer (M) won by default


106 – Woolcot (M) pin Penticost, :52

113 – Mattoon forfeited

120 – Foster (M) pin Koehler, 1:15

126 – Bateman (M) won by forfeit

132 – Capitosti (M) def. Lawrence, 11-4

138 – Porter (M) def. Island, 10-6

145 – Duncan (M) def. Decker, 3-0

152 – Blackburn (M) def. McConnell, 15-0

160 – Mattoon forfeited

170 – Alexander (M) won by forfeit

182 – Mattoon forfeited

195 – double forfeit

220 – Spurgeon (M) pin Derley, :59

285 – Meyer (M) pin Rachall, 1:10