That gave the Rams an 8th place finish.
Through the first seven matches, Shelby had five undefeated wrestlers in the meet. Adam Hudson (152) went 7-0 with six pins and an 8-3 decision. He had four 1st period pins and two 2nd period pins.
Lucas Duckett (170) was 7-0 with two pins, three major decisions and two decisions. Jared Finley (138) went 7-0 with three pins, two decisions, and two forfeits. Wyatt Fox (145) went 7-0 with one pin, a technical fall and five decisions. Elliott Smithson (220) was 6-0 with four pins, a technical fall, and a forfeit.
Garrett Brachbill (126) was 5-1 through the first seven matches with four pins and a major decision. Zack Stirrett (106) was 5-2 with a pin, a decision, and three forfeits. Caleb Cloe (182/195), just a 2nd-year wrestler, was 5-2 with two pins, , two decisions and a forfeit.
Shelby opened pool competition on Friday by beating St. Joe-Ogden, 49-27, winning 9 of the 14 matches. They then lost to Coal City, 37-36. Shelby didn’t put a 120-pound wrestler on the mat and gave away six points.
Shelby bounced back by beating Roxana, 48-17, winning 10 of the 13 matches. They finished pool play by besting Normal U-High, 60-18. Shelby won 11 of the 14 matches.
On Saturday in the championship bracket, the Rams almost shut out Braidwood Reed Custer, 73-3. They won 13 of the 14 matches and their only loss was a 4-2 decision.
Shelby then beat Auburn, 54-18, winning 10 of the 14 matches. The win was highlighted by two 57 second pins, by Brachbill and Noah Applegate (182).
The Rams dropped the quarterfinal to PORTA. They won half the matches, highlighted again by Brachbill’s win by pin in the 1st period It was the only Ram pin in the match and the Rams had a forfeit, besides Jefson’s injury withdrawal, that cost them six more points. The even match was also highlighted by seven decisions, five won by the Rams.