Updated 4:29 p.m.
Mattoon sectional champion Brady Foster pinned his opponent in a Class 2A, 113-pound opening-round match at the IHSA Wrestling Tournament on Thursday at the State Farm Center in Champaign.
Two other sectional champions also won their first-round matches. At 120, Korbin Bateman won by a decision and Kiefer Duncan won by a major decision at 145 pounds.
Leo Meyer recorded two takedowns and a reversal to go ahead 6-1 before pinning his opponent 3:29 into the 220-pound match. And Aidan Spurgeon won his 195-pound match by a 9-3 decision.
“I thought everyone had a good week of practice and looked great in the first round,” Mattoon coach Brett Porter said.
The five Mattoon wrestlers who remain in the winners bracket will compete tonight in a second round for a chance to advance into tomorrow’s semifinals.
“They understand that a win in tonight’s round will guarantee a state medal,” Porter added.
Here are the complete Mattoon results from the first round.
- Champ. Round 1 – Brady Foster (35-1) pinned Tyler Weidman (Grayslake Central, 34-16), 3:31.
- Champ. Round 1 – Korbin Bateman (34-4) won by decision over Rocky Almendarez (Galesburg, 34-7), 6-3.
- Champ. Round 1 – Kiefer Duncan (40-2) won by major decision over Connor Kozanecki (Grayslake (North. 33-11), 13-1
• Champ. Round 1 – Ivan Corral (Oak Forest, 28-6) won by decision over Aidan Blackburn (33-12), 7-0.
- Champ. Round 1 – Aidan Spurgeon (26-3) defeated Jon Barrick (Crystal Lake, 22-14) by decision, 9-3
- Champ. Round 1 – Leo Meyer (34-9) pinned Griffin Carr (Hinsdale, 22-11), 3:29.