Mick Porter saw his chance and he took it.
The Mattoon senior countered a move by his Mt. Vernon opponent with a reversal to capture the 138-pound IHSA Regional Class 2A championship Saturday.
Porter was among six Green Wave wrestlers earning titles at the tournament held in Mt. Vernon, and among nine moving on to next week’s sectional in Mahomet.
“It’s tough to win with 10 guys,” Mick Porter said, “but we gave it a shot.”
Mattoon finished second overall, trailing only Marion, despite bringing four fewer wrestlers to the tournament. But the Green Wave still made a strong run on the Tigers by winning all six of their title matches and winning three of four consolation finals.
“I couldn’t be happier,” MHS coach Brett Porter said. “I thought everybody did a great job. They went above and beyond what I expected.”
Senior Brady Foster (33-1) pinned his semifinal and final opponents in a combined 48 seconds to win the 116-pound title, sophomore Korbin Bateman (32-4) needed just 66 seconds in his two matches to win at 126 pounds, and senior Kiefer Duncan (38-2) needed 1 minute, 32 seconds to pin his Carbondale opponent in the finals after requiring only 28 seconds for a fall in the semifinals at 145 pounds.
Senior Aidan Spurgeon (195, 23-2) and junior Leo Meyer (220, 33-7), meanwhile, took their championship matches by decisions, 7-5 and 7-1, respectively.
“The guys we had in the room worked real hard,” said Brett Porter.
Mick Porter rallied late in both of his two matches Saturday. Porter said starting out with the first takedown helped set him up for his last-second successes. In the semifinals, he maneuvered a reversal in the final seconds for a 4-3 victory.
“Those were really exciting matches with Mick,” said coach Brett Porter. “He’s never won a high school tournament before. And that was kind of his goal. So for him to come here and wrestle some really quality competition and win at the last second like that, he did a fantastic job.”
Three other MHS wrestlers captured consolation finals to earn state berths – senior Isaiah Woolcot (106), freshman Ben Capitosti (132) and sophomore Aidan Blackburn (152).
Charleston senior Josh Wiley (20-8) also fought through the consolation round, pinning Mattoon freshman Kael Alexander in 4:41 to earn a state berth at 170 pounds.
106 – 3rd place: Isaiah Woolcot won consolation final by pin, :15
113 – 1st place: Brady Foster won by pin in final, :34
120 – no wrestler entered
126 – 1st place: Korbin Bateman won by pin in final, :28
132 – 3rd place: Ben Capitosti won consolation final, 14-3
138 – 1st place: Mick Porter won final by decision, 7-3
145 – 1st place: Kiefer Duncan won final by pin, 1:32
152 – 3rd place: Aidan Blackburn won consolation final by technical fall, 16-0
160 – no wrestler entered
170 – 4th place: Korbin Alexander lost consolation final by pin, 4:41
182 – no wrestler entered
195 – 1st place: Aidan Spurgeon won final by decision, 7-5
220 – 1st place: Leo Meyer won final by decision, 7-1
285 – no wrestler entered
106 – Isaiah Lutrell lost in consolation semifinals by pin, 2:18
113 – no wrestler entered
120 – no wrestler entered
126 – no wrestler entered
132 – no wrestler entered
138 – no wrestler entered
145 – Ben Coffey lost in consolation semifinals by pin, 3:34
152 – 4th place: Chet Shrader lost in consolation final by technical fall, 16-0
160 – Alec Sellers lost in consolation semifinals by pin, 4:45
170 – 3rd place: Josh Wiley won consolation final by pin, 4:41
182 – Bonaventure Kabasele lost in consolation semifinals by pin, 3:06
195 – Josiah Vingara lost in consolation quarterfinals by pin, :14
220 – Marcellx Boling lost in consolation final by pin, 1:24
285 – Stormy Hughes lost in consolation semifinals by pin, :51
- Marion 212, 2. Mattoon 185, 3. Mt. Vernon 144.5, 4. Carbondale 125, 5. Centralia 67, 6. Decatur MacArthur 64, 7. Charleston 37, 8. Decatur Eisenhower, 19.