A Shelby 6-pack qualified for the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Meet and when it ended three of them finished in the top 5 of their classes. Garrett Brachbill and Adam Hudson finished 4th in the state and Wyatt Fox finished 5th.
Brachbill (43-5) won his first two matches at 126 pounds, dominating Luke Roach (26-11) of Illini Bluffs, 16-1, to win a tech fall in the 2nd period (3:47). He followed that up with an 8-3 decision over Sage Friese (39-3) of Seneca. Brachbill then took a loss in the semifinal to Caleb Micho (40-3) of Rockford Lutheran, 5-0.
In the semifinal wrestleback, Brachbill beat Chance Teel (44-5) of Sherrard, 4-2. That put Brachbill in the 3rd place match against Andrew Wenger (34-11) of Dakota. Wenger got the win, 7-2, placing Brachbill 4th.
Hudson (42-3) won his first two matches at state at 152 pounds. He opened with a pin of Christian Kolb of PORTA in the 1st period (1:38). He then nipped Zach Tomac of Plano (40-9), 6-5. Hudson then was bested in the semifinal by Carver James of Dakota (39-1), 18-3 by a tech fall (5:44) as time was running low in the match. In Hudson's semifinal wrestleback, he shut out Tyler Dagen of Vandalia (37-14), 7-0.
As fate would have it, Hudson, a junior, would face nemesis Dylan Knisley (38-4), a senior from of Monticello, in the 3rd place match. The two have battled the last few years with Knisley eking out wins every time, until regionals when Hudson got the win. Knisley won at sectionals and here they were again. Knisley won their final meeting with a 7-2 decision, placing Hudson 4th in the state.
Fox (37-8) won his first two matches at state, as well. He opened at 138 pounds defeating Connor Waugh of Rockford Lutheran (34-10), 4-0. Fox then went into overtime against Ben Buchelt (35-3) of Lisle and won 4-2. Fox lost in the semifinals to Greg Krulas of (33-10) of Dakota on a late pin (5:51).
Fox went to semifinal wrestlebacks and lost to rival Dalton Blankenship of Vandalia (43-7) in a nip'n tuck, 3-2 match. Fox went to the 5th place match and finished his run at state with a win, sticking Daniel Krug of Benton in the 2nd period (3:38).
Ram senior Elliott Smithson (38-5) opened state with a win, beating Joey Winkleman of Peotone (17-15) with a 2-0 decision. Smithson then lost by pin to Ross Sealby (38-2) of Byron in the 1st period (1:03).
Smithson went to 1st round wrestlebacks and rolled up a tech fall over Daniel Allen of Warsaw (21-17), beating the clock and Allen as time expired (6:00), 19-3. Smithson then went to quarterfinal wrestlebacks and lost to Daniel Zimmerman of Dakota (35-5) by fall (2:57).
Junior Lucas Duckett (43-3) won his first state match at 170 pounds, beating Joe Feemorlu (13-4) of Mooseheart by a cloe 7-5 decision. He then dropped a 1-point match to Caleb Wilson of LeRoy (28-6), 6-5.
In 1st round wrestlebacks, Duckett bested Jonathan Costain of Braidwood (Reed-Custer) with a posided decision, 9-3. However, Duckett was stopped by Jarod Noel of Busmark (39-8) in quarterfinal wrestlebacks, 4-1.
Junior Jared Finley (42-4) opened state with a decision over Markham of Stanford Olympia (28-12), 6-3. His next match went into overtime against Ivan Lopez of Plano (29-18). Finley lost 10-8. Finley went to 1st round wrestlebacks and was put on his back by Elias Edmundson of Sterling Newman (34-20) and pinned in the 1st period (1:10).
IHSA State Finals
126-4th Brachbill def. Roach (IL Blf) by tech fall, 16-1 (3:47); def. Friese (SEN), 8-3; lost to Micho (ROC LUTH), 5-0;
138-Finley def. Markham (OLY), 6-3; lost to Lopez (PLANO), 10-8 OT; lost to Edmunson (STER NEW) by fall (1:10).
145-5th Fox def. Waugh (ROCK LUTH), 4-0; def. Buchelt (LISLE), 4-2 OT; lost to Krulas (DAK) by fall (5:51); lost to Blankenship, 3-2; def. Krug (BENTON) by fall (3:38)
152-4th Hudson def. Kolb (PORTA) by fall (1:38); def. Tomac (PLANO), 6-5; lost to James (DAK) by tech fall, 18-3 (5:44); def. Dagen (VAND), 7-0; lost to Knisley (MONT), 7-2
170-Duckett def. Feemorlu (MOOSE), 7-5; lost to Wilson (LROY), 6-5; def. Costain (REED-CUST), 9-3; lost to Noel, 4-1
220-Smithson def. Winkleman (PEOT), 2-0; lost to Sealby (BYR) by fall (1:03); def. Allen (WARS) by tech fall, 19-3 (6:00); lost to Zimmerman (DAK) by fall (2:57).