Applegate earned six points for the Rams with two wins.
“At 106 pounds, Zack Stirrett was not expected to be in the championship match, but he got there,” Harkins said. Some of these guys were expected to maybe make it to the 5th-6th matches, but they got upsets.
Stirrett won by fall and decision for 9 points.
Coach Harkins was also impressed with the two Ram champs, Adam Hudson and Lucas Duckett.
“Luicas Duckett had a nail-biter in the final with a kid from Litchfield who was ranked 3rd in the state,” Harkins said. “But Duckett wrestled our way, ‘attack,’ attack,’ ‘attack.’ He rode him well. Hudson also wrestled a kid from Litchfield in the final. He wrestled him on opening night and won 1-0. We studied film and saw some things we could do and get him turned on his back. Hudson got a 1-0 lead, then got it to a 5-0 lead. He got a take down and it was 7-0, three weeks after he won 1-0.
“It is a credit to these kids how they have improved,” Harkins said. “After practice, when they are tired and hungry, they stay and watch film and put in the extra hours to put themselves on top.”
Shelbyville , ranked 6th in the state prior to the PORTA win, heads to the Cumberland Tourney this Saturday. One of the team goals, which the captains and the team have set is to win the Cumberland Tourney. They already earned another goal, a PORTA trophy, and 1st at that.
Team results: 1. Shelbyville 237.5, 2. PORTA 199.5, 3. Auburn 159.5, 4. Argenta 155, 5. Litchfield 148, 6. Lincoln 105.5, 7. Pittsfield 103, 8. Deer Creek-Mackinaw 83.5, 9. Beardstown 77, 10. Kewanee 73, 11. Robinson 62.5, 12. Riverton 54, 13. Midwest Central 46, 14. Farmington 36, 15. Warrensburg 32, 16. AC Central/PORTA 31, 17. Havanna 13.
106-2nd Stirrett: def. Perez (B-town) by fall (3:03); def. Thomas (D-Mack), 6-2; lost title to Marrero (PORTA), 6-0
120-6th Brown: def. Ivey (AC/P) by maj. dec., 11-0; lost to Lux (B-town) tech fall (5:22); def. Bennett (LINC), 10-5; lost to Vaughn (PORTA), tech fall (4:00); lost to Osment (PITTS), 11-0.